Barren Fork Accessible Heritage Trail #621

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Barren Fork Accessible Heritage Trail #621 is located on Stearns District of the Daniel Boone National Forest, in an area that was once a coal mining camp. This accessible heritage trail provides visitors with a glimpse into the past. Several signs along the trail interpret the area's mining history. This 0.75-mile trail is paved for wheelchair accessibility. It is closed to horses and motorized vehicles.

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Several signs along the trail interpret the area's mining history, and you can see the old foundations of some of the buildings that were part of the community. This area was the site of a coal mining town operated by Barren Fork Mining and Coal Company from 1881 to 1935. Here they mined what was considered some of the best quality low sulfur coal in McCreary County. Over 100 families were thought to have lived and worked in the mining community. The mines were closed in 1935 due to labor disputes. The land was then sold to the United States in 1936, but the minerals were reserved by the company and small mining operations continued until 1948.  

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Learn more about Barren Fork Coal Camp (pdf)

Area Trails: Arabian # 622  (4 miles) and Canter # 625 (2.75 miles) are close to the Barren Fork Horse Camp and connect with other trails such as the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail Section 30 (10 miles), Belgian # 624 (3 miles), Flat Rock Ridge # 616 (1.5 miles), Draft # 617 (.75 miles), Indian Creek # 626 (1.75 miles) and North Flat Rock # 627 (3 miles). All trails are in McCreary County and on the USGS Wiborg quadrangle. 

Trailhead: Latitude 36.77717 Longitude -84.46841

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Daylight hours
Fees None
Open Season: Open all year
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: This is a hiking and wheelchair only trail.  This trail is closed to horses, mountain bikes and motorized vehicles.
Closest Towns: Whitley City
Water: Available at the Barren Fork Horse Camp
Restroom: Available at the 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 trail and parking area are accessible.


From KY 27, turn onto Barren Fork Road (Forest Service Road 684 beside the Stearns Ranger District Office). Turn left at the split in the road onto Forest Service Road 684A. 


Parking is available at the trailhead on Forest Service Road 684B.



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