CAMPING & HIKING
Riverbank camping can be found all along the Cumberland River. From Harlan Ky. to Cumberland Falls camping can usually be found on high sandy banks. On Lake Cumberland there are primitive campsites such as the one at Beaver Creek, marinas (Conley Bottom) and state parks (Cumberland State Dock) are abundant. Below Wolf Creek Dam there is a campground on the right descending bank. Most of the camping below the dam should be well above flood stage. Wolf Creek Dam generates everyday, waters rise very fast. Beware the water temp is below 50 degrees (trout water) to Burksville Ky. Cordell Hull Lake offers plenty of recreation areas with boat ramps. Defeated Creek Marina and campground offers everything. Old Hickory Lake, on the upper end, there are plenty of campsites. but as you enter the area at Gallatin Steam Plant to Old Hickory Dam there it mostly private property. There are Rec areas though. Mostly private property to Nashville, below the Bordeaux Bridge you will find a lot of farmland. On the right descending bank look for the old abandoned railroad tracks. Good camping! Below Ashland City no problem finding prime spots. Same for Lake Barkley. Check out Cross Creeks, or Land Between the Lakes. Bumpus Mills Marina is the last dock on the river that hasn't changed much. When you get below Barkley Dam be prepared to go back in time about 100 years. All towns have vanished except Smithland.
CAMPING ON THE CUMBERLAND
CAMPING ON THE TRAILS
Melton Hill Dam:TVA property About 35 miles south of Wartburg. Has bathrooms, hot showers, water, and electric hookups. Has picnic area and swimming area. No alcohol allowed on property (it is government property)
During Wartburg Tn. Festival
Camping Site: Primitive - in the woods
Camping Site Primitive:
Take 62N out of Wartburg 10 miles to Island Ford Rd on left (this is about 1 miles past Williams Market). Go left on Island Ford Rd 3 miles to Barnett Bridge Rd. Turn Left and go 1 mile to Hoppers Wholesale Flowers. 200 yards beyond this down on your left is a driveway to large fields with an unfinished cabin. The drive will be marked with orange survey tape. There are about 50 sites. NO water available. Port-o-Johns will be available. Campfires and alcohol are permitted. No fee but donations accepted.