Bee Rock Loop Trail #529

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed
 

Rockcastle River at Bee Rock

In March 2019 a record flood devastated the campground, boat ramp, and trails in this area. This trail and Bee Rock Campground will remain closed until recreation facilities are safely restored. View Bee Rock Closure Order.

Bee Rock Loop Trail #529, located on London Ranger District, is perfect for a short dayhike. This loop trail begins and ends at two separate locations along Forest Service Road 623. The trail is located on the Pulaski County side of Bee Rock Campground. Approximately 200 yards off the trail, an overlook provides a panoramic view of the Rockcastle River and surrounding forest. 

The name Bee Rock comes from a local legend which states that a large number of wild honeybees used to live in this area, using a hollow area under this cliff as their hive. Tired of the wild honeybees invading their hives, local beekeepers dynamited the rock, destroying the hive and causing honey to flow down the cliff into the Rockcastle River. 

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Bee Rock Loop Trail #529 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. 

Bee Rock Campground features camping units on both sides of the Rockcastle River. The Laurel County side is open all year. The Pulaski County side of the campground is open from mid April to mid October; call the London District office for exact dates.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Temporarily shut down due to flood damage
Fees None
Open Season: Open All Year
Restrictions: Closed to motorized vehicles and horses.
Horses are not permitted in Bee Rock Campground. 
Closest Towns: London
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: London Ranger District
761 South Laurel Road
London, KY 40744
606-864-4163

General Information

Accessibility:

The trail does not meet accessibility standards for persons with disabilities. 


Directions:

From I-75 exit 38, exit and turn west on KY 192. Follow KY 192 18.9 miles to its crossing of the Rockcastle River. Immediately after crossing the river, turn right to enter the Bee Rock Campground (Pulaski County side).


Parking:

Parking is available at the Bee Rock Campground.


Activities


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