S-Tree Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

S-Tree Campground

S-Tree Campground sits on a ridge above Horse Lick Creek on London Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest. 

The campground receives heavy weekend use from off-highway vehicle users who ride the adjacent Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Section #25 and the Renfro Loop Trail. These trails may be accessed from the campground.  

Picnicking nearby: A picnic shelter with tables is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This historic picnic shelter was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Other picnic sites are located near an area where a fire lookout tower once stood.

S-Tree Fire Tower once stood near the entrance to the campground. Towers like these were important tools in detecting and fighting devastating forest fires. Fire towers were home to the lookouts who ran them. A tower cab was just big enough for a wood stove, two cots, a cabinet, storage box, small table, and a stool. The all-important alidade, or fire finder, stood in the middle of the room. By the mid-1970s, firefighters used aircraft for fire detection. Many towers, like one that stood here, were torn down because they could no longer be maintained in a safe condition.

Nearby Trails: Renfro Loop Trails  (5 miles)
Sheltowee Trace Trail #100 Section 25  (10 miles)

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees None
Open Season: Half of the campground is open all year.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: McKee
Restroom: Vault toilets are available.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: London Ranger District
761 South Laurel Road
London, KY 40744

General Information


Take US 421 west from McKee for 0.5 mile. Turn left (south) on KY 89 for 3 miles, and then turn right (west) on Forest Service Road 43. Go 1 mile, turn left (south) on Forest Service Road 20 and follow the signs.


This campground does not meet accessibility standards for persons with disabilities. 


Parking is available at the campground. 


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Each campsite has a picnic table, tent pad, grill and lantern pole. No electricity or dump station is available at the campground. Vault toilets are centrally located. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Loop A has two double campsites. Loop B has two fire circles.

Fire InformationCampfires are permitted in fire rings only. Make sure fires are out before retiring at night or when leaving your campsite.


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Toilets Toilets are available near the picnic shelter and the campsites.
Picnic tables Picnic tables are available at each campsite.Three picnic areas and a picnic shelter are located near the campground entrance.
Tent camping The campground has 20 campsites. Loop B is open all year with 20 campsites.