Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Rockcastle Campground is closed due to the hazardous road conditions and deteriorating campsite conditions. The February 2019 Rockcastle River flooding further increased the damage to the area. In 2018, the ash trees that were infected with the Emerald Ash Borer were eliminated. Because of the extensive amount of work needed, and the lack of funding available, the campground will remain closed until further notice. The boat ramp remains open.

Rockcastle Campground is located on the backwaters of Lake Cumberland (area is unavailable) at the mouth of Rockcastle River on London Ranger District. Large, towering beech and hemlock trees provide plenty of shade and a sense of seclusion. Fishing and hiking are popular activities. The campground is bounded on one side by the lake and on the other side by massive sandstone cliffs. Rockcastle Boat Ramp is nearby. A picnic shelter located at the campground entrance is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

CAUTION: 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.

Some of the most popular hiking trails on the London Ranger District lead from this campground. Dutch Branch Trail #404B leads hikers through a rich cove forest of mostly beech and hemlock. Scuttle Hole Trail #404 climbs through a crack in the cliffs to reach overlooks of the lake. Lakeside South Trail #412 follows the shore of the lake and connects with Twin Branch Trail #406 and Ned Branch Trail #405 to form an 8.5 mile loop around the campground.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees None
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. 


Camping & Cabins

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