Camp Wildcat Battlefield

Area Status: Open
Camp Wildcat in the Fall

Camp Wildcat is the site of the first engagement of regular troops in Kentucky during the Civil War. The site is undeveloped and remote, reached only by a single-lane gravel road. The Forest Service works with volunteers and heritage groups to interpret and protect Camp Wildcat. It is located on  London Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Wildcat Trail #490 starts at the interpretive site at Camp Wildcat and ends at Hoosier Knob.

Learn more about the battle at Camp Wildcat Preservation Foundation.

HELP PRESERVE OUR HERITAGE: Archaeological sites are fragile resources. Once destroyed, they are gone forever. Help preserve Kentucky's past by not disturbing or collecting historical or archaeological artifacts. Report any discoveries to the nearest Forest Service office. All artifacts are protected by law.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Rules and Regulations
  • Wildcat Trail is closed to horse use and motorized vehicles.
  • Camping and firebuilding in rock shelters is prohibited.
  • Disturbing or collecting artifacts is prohibited.
Restroom: Vault toilets
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


Take Exit 49 off I-75, the Livingston exit. Turn east and go 0.6 miles on 909, then turn south onto US 25 south and go 0.7 miles and take the road to the left (Hazel Patch Road). Take a left at the sign directing you to Camp Wildcat.

Note: This is a gravel county road that may not be passable by low-clearance vehicles. Contact the London Ranger District for more information.


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