Bee Rock Loop Trail #529
Bee Rock Loop Trail #529, located within the Bee Rock Recreation Area, 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.
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.
- Bee Rock Area Trails #401, 401A, 503, 529 Trail Guide and Map (11x17 pdf)
- Bee Rock Loop Trail #529 Trail Guide and Map (pdf)
Trail Connectons: Rockcastle Narrows Trail # 503 (3 miles)
Rockcastle Narrows Trail East #401
Rockcastle Connector Trail #401A
Winding Stair Gap Trail #402
Sheltowee Trace Trail #100 Section 25
The trail does not meet accessibility standards for persons with disabilities.
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 is available at the Bee Rock Campground.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
|Vault toilet at campground meets accessibility standards for persons with disabilities.