Area Status: Open
Bee Rock Campground, located on London Ranger District, has developed campsites on both sides of the Rockcastle River. The campground is a US Fee Area. The Laurel County side, with 9 sites, is open all year. The Pulaski County side, with 19 sites, is open from mid-April through mid-October. An overlook along Bee Rock Loop Trail provides a scenic view of the rocks and cliffs along Rockcastle River. Bee Rock Boat Ramp provides river access.
The campground features Old Sublimity Bridge, a historic structure built by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) in the late 1930s. The stone used in the abutments was quarried from the adjacent sandstone cliffs. The bridge has been restored for foot travel only.
The name Bee Rock comes from a local legend which states that a large number of wild honeybees used to live in this area, using a hollow area under this cliff as their hive. Tired of the wild honeybees invading their hives, local beekeepers dynamited the rock, destroying the hive and causing honey to flow down the cliff into the Rockcastle River.
Campfires are permitted in fire rings only. Make sure fires are out before retiring at night or when leaving your campsite. Parking is available at campsites, boat ramp and overflow parking area. Restrooms are accessible vault toilets. Drinking water is available except during winter months.
No climbing or rappelling from cliffs, arches or other rock formations at Bee Rock Overlook.
Low lying areas are prone to flooding, so be alert for flooding when driving, camping or crossing streams in this area. Swift currents and undertows can make swimming and wading very hazardous.
View Bee Rock Campground Guide & Map (pdf)
At a Glance
||Boat ramp,Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
A camping fee is required. View Recreation Schedule and Fees (pdf)
||The east side is open year round; the west side is open from mid-April to mid-October.
||Drinking water is available except during winter months.
||U.S. Forest Service
||London Ranger District
761 South Laurel Road
London, KY 40744
From I-75, take exit 38 (London). Travel west on KY 192 for 18 miles to the Rockcastle River.
The toilets are accessible. Some campsites have accessible features.
Parking is available at the campsites, boat ramp and overflow parking area.