Alpine Picnic Area

Area Status: Open

Alpine Picnic Area is located in Pulaski County on Stearns District of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Located right off US 27, this picnic area provides picnic shelters, a play area with horseshoes, a playing field and a short loop trail  - Alpine Loop Trail #520 (1.5 miles)

Exploring the woods nearby you may find evidence of old coal mines from the Alpine Coal Camp that thrived in this area from 1884 to the 1930s. The mines are hazardous, so do not enter them. The chimney in the wood picnic shelter is all that remains of a farmhouse the once occupied this site. The exceptional craftsmanship of civilian works programs are evident in the wood shelter that was built by Job Corps in the late 1960s. The foundation and chimney stone from the old farm house were used to form the original picnic shelter. The farmhouse was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. In exchange for the building of the house the owners agreed to sell what is now Alpine Picnic Area to the federal government. The house was eventually torn down in the early 1960s.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: The picnic area is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. during normal operating season.
Reservations: The picnic area shelters may be rented for a fee of $25/day. For reservations, call the Stearns District office at 606-376-5323. If not rented, shelters are available on first-come, first-served basis.
Area Amenities: Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets
Fees: No fee is required except when renting a shelter. The shelter rental fee is $25/day. 
Open Season: Early April - Mid-November
Water: Drinking water is available.
Restroom: Vault toilets
Information Center: Stearns District Contact Information

General Information


Take US 27 north from Whitley City for 11 miles. From Burnside, take US 27 south for seven miles. Look for signs.


The toilet facilities are accessible.


Parking is available at the picnic area and group-use shelter. 

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5 sites, capacity of 70

No. of Sites 5
Reservation Info Reserving/Renting shelters available

Group Picnicking

Roadside setting with picnic shelter

No. of Sites 5
Reservation Info Rent shelter for $25/day. Unless rented, the shelter is available on first-come, first-served basis. Contact District Office at 606-376-5323.
Group Shelter Yes
No. of Accessible Sites


Picnic tables: 5 sites; includes 2 shelters with fireplace/grill
Fee charged for some activities: Shelter rental
Toilets: Vault toilet meets accessibility standards for persons with disabilities.

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