Barren Fork Picnic Area

Area Status: Open
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Barren Fork Picnic Area Map

Open to groups of up to 50 people.

The picnic shelter located at the Barren Fork Horse Camp on Stearns District of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis unless reserved. 

Call the district office for opening/closing dates at 606-376-5323.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open to groups of up to 50 people.
Operational Hours: Open to groups of up to 50 people.
Reservations: Call the Stearns District Office to reserve the shelter at 606-376-5323. 10 people or less per group.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees Shelter rental is $25/day. Unless rented, the shelter is available on a first -come, first-served basis. Open to groups of up to 50 people.
Open Season: Early April - Mid-November
Usage: Light
Restrictions: 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. Do not tie horses to the trees. Use picket lines and corrals to secure horses.  
Closest Towns: Whitley City
Water: Potable water is available at Barren Fork Horse Camp.
Restroom: Vault toilets are available at Barren Fork Horse Camp.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Stearns Ranger District
3320 US 27 North
Whitley City, KY 42653

General Information


The toilet and parking area at the picnic shelter is accessible. 


Parking is available at the shelter. 


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.



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Picnic tables Picnic tables are available in the shelter.
Drinking water Potable water is available from five faucets in the campground.
Toilets The toilet at the picnic shelter is accessible.
Accessible The toilet and parking is accessible.