Rockcastle Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Rockcastle Campground Rockcastle Campground is located on the backwaters of Lake Cumberland at the mouth of Rockcastle River. Large, towering beech and hemlock trees provide plenty of shade and a sense of seclusion. Fishing and hiking are popular activities. 

A picnic shelter is located near the campground entrance. The shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Some of the most popular hiking trails on the London Ranger District lead from this campground.

Dutch Branch Trail #404B (1 mile) leads hikers through a rich cove forest of mostly beech and hemlock.

Scuttle Hole Trail #404 (0.75-mile) climbs through a crack in the cliffs to reach overlooks of the lake.

Lakeside South Trail #412 (4 miles) follows the shore of the lake and connects with Twin Branch Trail #406 ( 1 mile) and Ned Branch Trail #405 (1.75 miles)  to form an 8.5 mile loop around the campground.

Rockcastle Boat Ramp is nearby. 


At a Glance

Operational Hours: Call the London Ranger District at 606-864-4163 to confirm opening dates.
Reservations: All sites are first-come, first-served.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees None
Open Season: Mid April - Mid November
Closest Towns: London
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: London Ranger District
761 South Laurel Road
London, KY 40744

General Information


From I-75 at London exit 38, travel west on KY 192 for 14.2 miles. Bear left onto KY 1193, and then travel straight ahead on KY 3497 for 6 miles to the end of the road.


The toilets at the campground are accessible for persons with disabilities. 


Parking is available at the campsites and picnic shelter. 

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Campground Camping

Most of the campsites are designed for tent camping, although a few are large enough to accommodate pop-up campers. Each site has a tent pad, grill, picnic table, and lantern poles. The sites are near the water’s edge. A nearby picnic shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Sleeping ShelterNone
Reservation Info Sites are not reservable.
Fire Information Campfires are permitted in fire rings only. Make sure fires are out before retiring at night or when leaving your campsite.


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Camping trailer A few sites can accommodate small pop-up campers.
Toilets Vault toilets are centrally located.
Picnic tables Each campsite and the picnic shelter has tables.
Tent camping The campground has 27 campsites.