Bald Rock Picnic Area

Area Status: Open
Bald Rock Picnic area

Bald Rock is roadside picnic area on London Ranger District that offers a great place for picnicking as a group. There are two large picnic sites and 2 small ones. Volleyball and horseshoes are available. Hikers can enjoy nearby Sugar Tree Hollow Trail #407 and Cane Creek Trail #410.

Bald Rock Picnic Area Guide (pdf)

Bald Rock Fire Tower - At one time the Bald Rock Picnic Area was the site of a fire lookout tower. The tower was one of fourteen lookouts that provided a view of the entire National Forest. Towers were staffed during times of high fire danger. Lookouts spent their days scanning the horizon for signs of fire, reporting any "smokes" to a dispatcher who quickly sent fire fighters to the blaze. The Bald Rock Fire Lookout Tower was in use from 1936 until 1970, when it was replaced by a system of aerial observation.   

At a Glance

Operational Hours: This area is for day-use only, open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Area Amenities: Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water
Water: Drinking water available during season
Restroom: Vault toilets
Information Center: ​​London Office Contact Information

General Information


From London, take KY 192 southwest for 11 miles. The picnic area is on the right. 


Parking is available at the picnic sites. 

Recreation Map

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Roadside group picnic area with trails, volleyball and horseshoes
4 picnic sites
Capacity of 110

No. of Sites 4


Picnic tables: 4 picnic sites
Toilets: Vault toilet meets accessibility standards for persons with disabilities.
Drinking water: Available during season

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