Duff Branch Trail #440

Area Status: Open

Duff Branch Trail is located near Grove Boat-In Campground on Laurel River Lake. Laurel River Lake is located on London Ranger District and features 5,600 acres of clear, deep water and nearly 200 miles of tree-lined shore.

Duff Branch Trail is the hiking route into Grove Boat-In Campground. The trail takes off from C-Loop parking area in Grove Campground and leads to a ridgetop which offers a good view of Laurel River Lake. In May, mountain laurel puts on a great display. 

Grove Boat-In Campground, a US Fee Area, is located on a wooded ridge above Laurel River Lake. Grove Marina is a full-service marina located within 1/2-mile of the campground. The marina is open year round. 

Nearby Trails: 
Spruce Creek Trail #441 (0.25-mile)
Fishing Point Trail #442 (0.5-mile)
Singing Hills Trail #443 (0.5-mile)
Oak Branch Trail #444 (0.5-mile)

At a Glance

Fees: A fee is required to camp at the Grove Boat-in Campground.  Campers register and pay at a self-serve pay station. $20/single; $35/double. Recreation Permits and Passes
Open Season: Open All Year
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Rules and Regulations
Closest Towns: Corbin, KY
Water: Drinking water is available at Grove Campground (April - November).
Information Center:   The London District Office has temporarily relocated to the US Forest Service/US Army Corps of Engineers Resource Managers Office on KY 1193 between Holly Bay Marina and Laurel River Lake Spillway and Beach (view map). Call 859-428-7706 before visiting.

General Information


From I-75, take exit 25 and travel west on US 25 for 5 miles. Turn right on KY 1193. Go 2 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 558. Go 3 miles to the Grove Recreation Area.


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


Parking is available at Grove Campground, April to November. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Recreation Areas

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0.75 miles

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