S-Tree Campground sits on a ridge above Horse Lick Creek on London Ranger District near McKee in Jackson County, Kentucky. A small picnic area features a historic picnic shelter that was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. 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.
This campground cannot accommodate trailers 25 feet or more due to one lane roads and no turn-outs. Each campsite has a picnic table, tent pad, fire ring and lantern pole. No electricity or dump station available.Vault toilets are centrally located. Campsites and shelter are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Loop A has two double campsites. Loop B has two fire circles. All of the campsites are wooded.
Picnicking nearby: A picnic shelter with tables is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Other picnic sites are located near an area where a fire lookout tower once stood.
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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
Sheltowee Trace Trail #100 Section 25
At a Glance
|Area Amenities:||Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets|
|Fees:||A fee is required to use the campground. Campers register and pay at a self-serve pay station. $15/single; $20/double. Recreation Permits and Passes|
|Open Season:||Half of the campground is open all year; one loop closed seasonally.|
|Restrictions:||Rules and Regulations|
|Closest Towns:||McKee, KY|
|Restroom:||Vault toilets are available.|
|Information Center:||The London District Office has temporarily relocated to the US Forest Service/US Army Corps of Engineers Resource Managers Office on KY 1193 between Holly Bay Marina and Laurel River Lake Spillway and Beach (view map). Call 859-428-7706 before visiting.|
From Berea: From I-75 take Berea Exit 76. Head east on KY 21. Stay on KY 21E (Big Hill Road) approximately 5 miles until it ends at US 421. Turn right (south) on US 421. Take US 421 west for approximately 18 miles to McKee KY, then turn right (south) on KY 89 for 3 miles, make a slight right (west) on Forest Road 43 (S-Tree Road). Go 1 mile, turn left (south) on Forest Road 20 (Tussey Hill Road) and follow the signs.
From McKee: Take US 421 west from McKee for 0.5 mile. Turn left (south) on KY 89 for 3 miles, make a slight right (west) on Forest Road 43 (S-Tree Road). Go 1 mile, turn left (south) on Forest Road 20 (Tussey Hill Road) and follow the signs.
This campground does not meet accessibility standards for persons with disabilities.
Parking is available at the campground.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
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 Information||Campfires are permitted in fire rings only. Make sure fires are out before retiring at night or when leaving your campsite.|
Picnic shelter temporarily closed through April 3, 2020.
|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 10 campsites.|
|Toilets:||Toilets are available near the picnic shelter and the campsites.|