Barren Fork Picnic Area

Area Status: Open

Open to groups of up to 50 people.

The picnic shelter located at the Barren Fork Horse Camp on Stearns District of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis unless reserved. 

Call the district office for opening/closing dates at 606-376-5323.

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At a Glance

Reservations: Call the Stearns District Office to reserve the shelter at 606-376-5323. 
Area Amenities: Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees: Shelter rental is $25/day. Unless rented, the shelter is available on a first -come, first-served basis. Open to groups of up to 50 people.
Open Season: Early April - Mid-November
Water: Potable water is available at Barren Fork Horse Camp.
Restroom: Vault toilets are available at Barren Fork Horse Camp.
Information Center: Stearns District Office Information

General Information


The toilet and parking area at the picnic shelter is accessible. 


Parking is available at the shelter. 


From Somerset, go south on US 27 for 22 miles to the Stearns office, on your left. From Whitley City, go north on US 27 for 3.7 miles to the Stearns office on your right.

From I-75: Take exit 25 for US 25W toward Corbin. Turn right at US-25W S/Cumberland Falls Road and go 7.4 miles then take a slight right at KY 90 W. Go 20 miles and turn south onto US 27 for 5.7 miles to Stearns office.

Next to Stearns office, take Barren Fork Road for (Forest Service Road 684) 0.8 miles. Turn right at the split in road. Go 0.1 mile. to campground at right.

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Reservation Info Reserving/Renting shelters available

Group Picnicking


Picnic tables: Picnic tables are available in the shelter.
Toilets: Vault toilet at picnic shelter rmeets accessibility standards for persons with disabilities.
Accessible: The toilet and parking is accessible.
Drinking water: Drinking water is available from five faucets in the campground.

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