Laurel Bridge Picnic Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Laurel Bridge Picnic Area Map

Laurel Bridge Picnic Area, located on London Ranger District, is the nearest lake access point to I-75 and Corbin, KY.  Visitors come to enjoy the scenic views of cliffs bordering Laurel River Lake. Trails, fishing and boating are nearby. A picnic shelter is also available and can be reserved by calling the London Office at 606-864-4163. If not reserved, it is available first come first served. Visitors may use the picnic tables, grills, baseball diamond, volleyball court, a picnic shelter, restrooms, and a boat ramp.

Laurel Bridge Picnic Area Guide (pdf)

Laurel River Lake features 5,600 acres of clear, deep water and nearly 200 miles of tree-lined shore. The quiet coves and cliff-lined shores offer relaxation and quiet reflection, as well as boating, fishing, skiing and scuba diving in one of the deepest and cleanest lakes in Kentucky.

Three Sisters Rock Trail is a 1-mile loop trail. It is an easy walk with several rest benches. There are a few connecting paths with stairs. An overlook provides a view of Three Sisters Rock, a prominent bluff on the opposite side of the lake. The trail begins and ends at the Laurel Bridge Picnic Shelter. 

Laurel Bridge Boat Ramp provides access to the upper arm of Laurel River Lake. The Laurel Bridge Recreation Area is the nearest lake access point to I-75 and Corbin.

CLIFF DIVING IS DANGEROUS! Fluctuating lake levels make it difficult to determine the depth of submerged rocks and ledges. Swimmers can enjoy a safer swim at the developed swimming area located at Laurel River Dam.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day-use only, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Reservations: Laurel Bridge Picnic Shelter may be reserved by calling the London Ranger District at 606-864-4163. If not reserved, the shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees No fee is required to use the recreation area, except when reserving the picnic shelter.
Open Season: Open All Year
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Corbin
Water: No water fountains
Restroom: Flush toilets are available, except during the winter.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: London Ranger District
761 South Laurel Road
London, KY 40744

General Information


Parking is available at the picnic shelter and in the parking lot above the boat ramp. A fee pass is required if you choose to park in the lot above the boat ramp.


This recreation area does not provide accessibility for persons with disabilities.  


From Exit 29 on I-75, take KY 770 west for 1.3 miles. Turn left on KY 312 for 0.6-mile. Turn left into the recreation area.  

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Picnic tables Tables are available at the picnic shelter and at picnic sites.
Drinking water No water fountains
Toilets The flush toilet is open seasonally. Water in sinks at bathroom during the summer.