Camping and Lodging Resource Library

FEDERAL RESOURCES

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Camping on Corps Properties
This site offers campsite reservation information for corps lands in the Cumberland River Basin and elsewhere in the region, including fees, open and close dates, contact info and more. 

Tags: Recreation

Flood Risk Management Program
The purpose of the Corps of Engineers' flood risk management program is to help prevent or reduce flood risk by using either structural or non-structural means or a combination of the two. Non-structural measures reduce flood damages without significantly altering the nature or extent of the flooding by changing the use of floodplains or by accommodating existing uses to the flood hazard. Non-structural measures include modifying homes, businesses, and other facilities to reduce flood damages by elevating the structure or removing them from the floodplain. Remaining land can be used for ecosystem restoration, outdoor recreation, or natural open space. Flood warning systems are also considered non-structural measures.

This program is within the broader Investigation Program, and initial Investigation Program steps must be completed before it can be initiated. 

See also: Investigation Program 

Tags: Restoration, Research, Flooding, Flood Buyouts, Recreation, Planning

Reservoir Information
Information for all Corps lakes within the basin. Each lake page includes: basic facts and information about the lake, the various recreation opportunities, maps, helpful links, daily fishing reports, points of interest around the lake, and important news and announcements.

Tags: Dams, Reservoirs, Recreation


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and Environmental Education Center
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery is one of the most recently constructed hatcheries in the federal hatchery system. This station currently produces approximately 1,000,000 rainbow, brown, and brook trout weighing 275,000 pounds annually. In cooperation with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, fish are stocked into 120 different public fishing waters in the state. Click here for more information on the education center including hours of operation or here to learn about volunteer opportunities. The hatchery is within walking distance of a campground. 

Tags: Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity, Species Reintroduction, Recreation, Volunteer, Camping


U.S. Forest Service
2016 Recreation Schedule and Fees - Daniel Boone National Forest
Fees are charged for use of some areas such as boat ramps and campgrounds. However, most of the recreation opportunities on the Daniel Boone National Forest are free of charge for your use and enjoyment.

See also: Daniel Boone National Forest

Tags: Recreation, Permits, Ecotourism, Boating, Camping

Daniel Boone National Forest Website
A website hosting a variety of information about the Daniel Boone National Forest — a National Forest that embraces some of the most rugged terrain west of the Appalachian Mountains. Steep forested slopes, sandstone cliffs and narrow ravines characterize the land.

Tags: Recreation, Website

Forest Service Visitor Map 2.0
 The Forest Service's Visitor Map 2.0, provides the public with an interactive online view of the Nation's Forest Service roads, trails, recreation sites, wilderness areas, and wild & scenic rivers.  The map can be used on personal computers, smart phones or tablet devices through any modern web browser.

Tags: Maps and Tools, Recreation

Jefferson National Forest Website
A website hosting a variety of information about the Jefferson National Forest. A small portion of the Jefferson National Forest is within the Cumberland River Basin. 

Tags: Recreation, Website

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area Website
A website with a variety of information about Land Between the Lakes. Key pages include those for campingboating and rampsfishinghuntingswimmingtrails, and more.  

Tags: Websites, Recreation

Laurel River Lake Website - Daniel Boone National Forest
Information regarding Laurel River Lake campgrounds, boat ramps, marinas, fees, fishing, swimming, scuba diving and more. 

See also: Daniel Boone National Forest Website

Tags: Recreation, Camping, Boating, Fishing, Swimming, Ecotourism

Maps - Land Between the Lakes
A variety of maps in pdf format showing campgrounds, trails, recreational amenities and more. A recreation map of the recreation areas northern region is here and a recreation map of it's southern region is here

See also: Land Between the Lakes

Tags: Recreation, Camping, Hiking, Maps

Natural Happenings at Land Between the Lakes
A calendar of natural events at the recreation area including water related happenings such as chorus frog singing, sandhill crane and pelican migrations, catfish fry leaving their nests and more.  

Tags: Ecotourism, Recreation, Natural Calendar

Recreation Map - Daniel Boone National Forest
The Daniel Boone National Forest offers an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. This interactive recreation map can help you find places to fish, paddle, swim, camp, and more. 

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Swimming, Paddling, Boating, Camping, Maps and Tools

Stearns Ranger District Website - Daniel Boone National Forest
Website with resources and recreational opportunity information for the Stearns Ranger District within the Daniel Boone National Forest. 

See also: Daniel Boone National Forest Website

Tags: Recreation, Website
 

U.S. National Park Service
Camping in Cumberland River Basin National Parks
Information on where to camp in the Big South ForkCumberland Gap, and along the Natchez Trace

Tags: Recreation, Camping

Find a Park Tool
This tool enables you to find National Parks by state. Both Kentucky and Tennessee have their own state pages, as well. 

Tags: Maps and Tools, Recreation

Lodging - Big South Fork
There are no motels or rental cabins located within the Big South Fork other than Charit Creek Lodge. The lodge is located in the Station Camp Creek drainage and offers a full range of amenities including cabin and dormitory rentals, meals, restrooms and showers. Access to the remote lodge is by foot, bike or horse only. 

Tags: Camping and Lodging

Outfitters and Guide Services - Big South Fork
A list of outfitters and guides that operate within the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. 

See also: Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Website

Tags: Recreation, Camping and Lodging, Paddling, Hiking

Recreation.gov
Recreation.gov is your one-stop shop for trip planning, information sharing and reservations brought to you by 12 federal participating partners. This site provides interactive maps to help you reserve campsites, obtain hiking information, go paddling or motor-boating, find a cabin, go fishing, and more. 

Tags: Maps and Tools, Recreation

 

STATE RESOURCES - KY

KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Wildlife Management Areas / Public Hunting Areas
A webpage with WMAs and other hunting area information, as well as a Google Map with hunting areas across Kentucky. Camping is permitted only in designated areas. Check WMA maps by clicking here or call the WMA office for camping availability through Kentucky Fish and Wildlife or other campgrounds.

See also: Wildlife Management Areas Website

Tags: Hunting, Maps and Tools, Recreation

Wildlife Management Area & Public Lands Search
Looking for a place to hunt, fish, or hike? This interactive map will help you find out where you can do this in KY. Select a county or click on the icons below to narrow down your results. Camping is permitted only in designated areas. Check WMA maps by clicking here or call the WMA office for camping availability through Kentucky Fish and Wildlife or other campgrounds.

See also: Wildlife Management Areas Website

Tags: Maps and Tools, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Recreation

Wildlife Management Areas Website
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife owns, leases or manages more than 80 wildlife management areas (WMAs) for public use. This webpage contains area general information, guidelines, quick reference regulations charts, permitting information, and more. Camping is permitted only in designated areas. Check WMA maps by clicking here or call the WMA office for camping availability through Kentucky Fish and Wildlife or other campgrounds.

Tags: Hunting, Recreation

 


KY Division of Forestry
Kentenia State Forest Website

Kentenia is the oldest state-owned forest, acquired in 1919 as a gift from the Kentenia-Cantron Corp. It is located in Harlan County along the south side of Pine Mountain in seven scattered tracts totaling 4,081 acres. The forest is open to the public for hunting and fishing and subject to state fish and game regulations. Primitive camping, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding are also permitted. All off-road vehicles, including ATVs, are prohibited. Click following link for a map of Kentenia State Forest

Tags: Forests, Recreation, Maps

Kentucky Ridge State Forest Website
Kentucky Ridge State Forest consists of 15,251 acres. The forest is open to public hunting and fishing, subject to state fish and game regulations, and is available for primitive camping, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding.  All off-road vehicles, including ATVs are prohibited. Click the following link for a map of Kentucky Ridge State Forest.

Tags: Forests, Recreation, Maps

Marrowbone State Forest Website
Marrowbone State Forest and Wildlife Management Area is a 1,983-acre tract of land located on Highway 90 in Metcalfe and Cumberland counties. Marrowbone State Forest is open to the public for day use only unless hunting regulations specify extended hours. Allowable activities include regulated hunting, hiking and wildlife viewing. Off-road vehicles, including ATVs and horseback riding is prohibited.

Tags: Recreation, Forests, Forestland

State Forests
The KY Division of Forestry owns and manages 10 state forests, including 3 in the Cumberland River Basin: KenteniaKentucky Ridge, and Marrowbone state forests. 

See also: Kentenia State Forest Website, Kentucky Ridge State Forest Website, Marrowbone State Forest Website

Tags: Recreation, Forests, Forestland


KY State Parks
Cumberland Falls State Park Website
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Known as the "Niagara of the South," the waterfall forms a 125-foot-wide curtain that plunges 7 stories into a boulder-strewn gorge. The mist of the falls creates the magic of the moonbow, only visible on a clear night during a full moon.This phenomenon appears nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere.

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Camping

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park Website
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park offers a vast, unspoiled wilderness to refresh and rejuvenate the senses. It's no surprise the bald eagle chooses this area for its wintering grounds. From a dip in the pool to our 18 holes on the Dale Hollow Lake golf course, for vacation fun, they've got you covered. 

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Motorboating, Camping

General Burnside State Park Website
The damming of the Cumberland River in the 1950s, producing Lake Cumberland, also covered the lower peninsula of Burnside, creating the island that is now General Burnside Island State Park. It has the distinction of being the only island park in the Kentucky State Park system. The park was named for the sideburn-whiskered Civil War general Ambrose Burnside.

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Motor Boating, Camping

Lake Barkley State Resort Park Website
Lake Barkley State Resort Park rests on the shores of one of the world's largest man-made lakes, over 57,500 acres, and provides an array of outdoor and indoor activities. From a cool dip in the swimming pool to a hot sauna, from reeling in the big fish to hitting the little white ball, however you define vacation fun, it's here at Lake Barkley. 

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Motor Boating, Camping

Lake Cumberland State Park Website
With 1,200 miles of shoreline, an enchanting waterfall, and secret coves, you could spend a day or weeks exploring the wonders of Lake Cumberland. Lake Cumberland is a paradise for the water sports enthusiast and offers a full-service marina.

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Motor Boating, Camping

Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park Website
Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park in London, KY combines the beauty of a rolling, wooded hills park with a historic site that honors the pioneers who braved the perils of the wilderness to settle Kentucky. The Mountain Life Museum, a park attraction that brings visitors into a pioneer settlement, is open Friday and Saturday. 

Tags: Recreation, History, Camping

Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail
The Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail is a linear state park still under development. Once completed, the long distance trail designed for primitive camping, backpacking and hiking, will span approximately 120 miles from Breaks Inter­state Park to Cumberland Gap National Historic Park and pass through many natural areas such as Bad Branch State Nature Preserve, Kingdom Come State Park and Blanton Forest along the Pine Mountain range.

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Hiking, Camping

Reserve a Campground Tool
A web tool for reserving a campground in state parks across Kentucky, including Cumberland FallsDale Hollow LakeGeneral BurnsideLake BarkleyLake Cumberland, and Levi Jackson within the Cumberland River Basin. 

Tags: Recreation, Camping and Lodging, Maps and Tools, Ecotourism

Reserve a Lodge or Cottage Tool
A web tool for reserving a lodge or cottage in state parks across Kentucky, including Cumberland FallsDale Hollow LakeLake Barkley,Lake Cumberland, and Pine Mountain within the Cumberland River Basin. 

Tags: Recreation, Camping and Lodging, Maps and Tools, Ecotourism

 

STATE RESOURCES - TN

TN Land Management and GIS
Recreation Atlas
This 2008 map pdf shows and lists public lands across the state of Tennessee. 

Tags: Maps, Recreation


TN State Parks
Camping in TN State Parks
A list of TN State Parks with opportunities for camping. 

Tags: Recreation, Camping

Online Reservations Tool
A tool for reserving campsites, cabins and inns or picnic shelters and pavilions.

Tags: Recreation, Camping, Cabins, Maps and Tools, Reservations

TNParkFinder Map
Use this interactive map to explore TN's parks. 

Tags: Maps and Tools, Recreation


TN Department of Environment and Conservation
Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF) Grants
The LWCF program provides matching grants to states, and through the state to local governments and state agencies that provide recreation and parks, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Recreation Educational Services administers the LWCF grants. These grants require a 50% match.

See also: Recreation Education Services Grants

Tags: Grants and Funding, Recreation

Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) Grants
The LPRF program provides state funding for the purchase of land for parks, natural areas, greenways and the purchase of land for recreational facilities. Funds also may be used for trail development and capital projects in parks, natural areas and greenways. Recreation Educational Services administers the LPRF grants. These grants are a 50% match.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Conservation, Greenways, Recreation

Recreation Educational Services Grants
Recreation Educational Services is responsible for administering federal and state grant programs to local and state governments. 

See also: Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants, the Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grants, Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program, and the Recreation Trails Program

Tags: Grants and Funding , Recreation

 

NGO RESOURCES

The Nature Conservancy - TN
Heat-Treated Firewood: How to Find and How to Sell 
Learn more about locations across Tennessee where you can buy heat-treated firewood, and how you can create and sell heat-treated firewood using firewood kilns. This webpage includes a link to an interactive map for where to buy firewood free of invasive pests that threaten our basin's forests.