Area Status: Open
Hemlock Grove, located on Stearns Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest, was named for the eastern hemlock trees that surround the picnic area. Their shade provides a cool respite from the summer heat.
View Hemlock Grove Guide and Map
Rock Creek, a Kentucky Wild River and federally proposed Recreation River, flows adjacent to the picnic area. The creek is stocked with rainbow trout year-round.
Gobblers Arch Trail #636; Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail #100 Section 37 and Section 38
At a Glance
This recreation area is for day-use only, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Camping and overnight use is prohibited.
The shelter may be reserved by calling the Stearns Ranger District office at 606-376-5323.
The picnic shelter may be reservered for $25/day. Unless rented, the shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
||Open All Year
No horses allowed in picnic area
Help keep the campground clean. Pack it in - pack it out.
||U.S. Forest Service
||Stearns Ranger District
3320 US 27 North
Whitley City, KY 42653
From the Stearns Ranger District office, take US 27 south for 4.7 miles to KY 92. Turn right on KY 92 at the traffic light. Go 6.3 miles to KY 1363; turn left and go 11.4 miles to the end of the blacktop, and then turn right on Forest Service Road 564. Go 1.2 miles and turn left onto Forest Service Road 137. Go 2.6 miles to the picnic area on the left.
Picnic sites, shelter, parking and toilets are accessible.
Parking is available at the picnic area and shelter.