Great Meadows Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Great Meadows Campground, located on Stearns District of the Daniel Boone National Forest, is developed on both sides of the road. Deer Loop is on the right; Raccoon Loop is on the left. Deer Loop is open year round; but the water is shut off during the winter season. Raccoon Loop is April 1 - November 15.

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Rock Creek, a designated Kentucky Wild River, runs along the Raccoon Loop. Rock Creek is stocked with rainbow trout March - June and September - December..

Campsite availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Trails nearby: Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail - Section 37 and Section 38;  Mark Branch Trail # 635 and Gobblers Arch Trail # 636.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees None
Open Season: Raccoon Loop open all year; Deer Loop open mid-April to mid-November.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Campers only from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Horses are not allowed in the campground.
Trails are closed to motorized vehicles.
No water November 1 to mid-April at either loop.
Closest Towns: Whitley City
Water: Water is available mid-April to November.
Restroom: Accessible vault toilets
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Stearns Ranger District
3320 Hwy 27 North
Whitley City, KY 42653  

General Information


Take US 27 south for 4.7 miles to KY 92. Turn right and go 1.2 miles, and then turn right on KY 92 at the Fastway Store. Go 5.3 miles to KY 1363; turn left and go 11.4 miles to the end of the blacktop. Turn right on Forest Service Road 564; go 1.2 miles and then turn left on Forest Service Road 137; go 4.4 miles.

General Notes:

Trash pickup is not available.

Pack it in - Pack it out

Please help keep our campground clean. 


Parking is available at the campground.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Picnic tables Picnic tables are at the campsites.
Drinking water Drinking water is available from April through November.
Toilets Accessible vault toilets are available at the campground.
Parking Parking is available at the campground.
Tent camping 18 sites
Accessible Toilets are accessible.
Camping trailer The campground can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet. No hookups or dumpsites are available.