The Barren Fork Horse Camp, located on Stearns District of the Daniel Boone National Forest, is a popular campground for horseback riders who enjoy the forest setting. Several interconnecting trails provide miles of riding pleasure.
Site history: The Barren Fork Horse Camp was once the site of a coal mining town operated by the Barren Fork Mining and Coal Company. The mining activities occurred from 1881 to 1935, producing what was considered some of the best quality low-sulfur coal in McCreary County at the time.
Trails are closed to motorized vehicles. Violators will be fined.
The use of pickets, highlines or electric fences to tie up horses is prohibited. If a highline is strung between trees, the horse must be tied so that it cannot reach any trees.
Food and trash storage is mandatory. Unless cooking or eating, store your food and trash inside a hardtop vehicle, the trunk of a car or a bear-resistant container. When camping in the backcountry hang your food at least 10 feet off the ground and four feet away from a tree.
Only two vehicles per campsite. The vehicles must be parked on gravel pull-ins. One of the vehicles at the campsite must display a pass. The pass must have both vehicle numbers listed.
Potable and nonpotable water available.
U.S. Forest Service
Stearns Ranger District
3320 US 27 North
Whitley City, KY 42653
From Somerset, go south on US 27 for 22 miles to the Stearns office, on your left. From Whitley City, go north on US 27 for 3.7 miles to the Stearns office on your right.
From I-75: Take exit 25 for US 25W toward Corbin. Turn right at US-25W S/Cumberland Falls Road and go 7.4 miles then take a slight right at KY 90 W. Go 20 miles and turn south onto US 27 for 5.7 miles to Stearns office.
Next to Stearns office, take Barren Fork Road for (Forest Service Road 684) 0.8 miles. Turn right at the split in road. Go 0.1 mile. to campground at right.
Parking is available at the campsites. Day visitors must park in the overflow parking area.