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Bark Camp Trail #413

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 4.2 (5)

A lovely hike along a creek to some cascades.


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Map Key

2.7

Miles

4.3

KM

Point to Point

989' 302 m

High

862' 263 m

Low

201' 61 m

Up

314' 96 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Swimming

Description

Bark Camp Trail starts on Forest Road 193 and follows the northern bank of Bark Camp Creek until it runs into the Sheltowee Trace near the mouth of Bark Camp Creek where it flows into the Cumberland River. The trailhead has space for 3-4 cars to park, but you may have to share with fishermen, as the creek is stocked with trout.

The trailhead itself is not well marked, but look for the wide spot in the road and the creek and you'll easily find the trail. The trail itself is a narrow singletrack winding through the woods beside the creek. There are a few ascents and descents to follow the terrain, but since you are following the creek they are fairly short.

The trail follows rocky cliffs in many areas or ducks under the overhang of the rock in places, with small waterfalls flowing in wetter seasons. The trail is well-worn and easy to follow, with some blazes along the way where it can be difficult to see through the brush. Near where the trail intersects with the Sheltowee Trace is a beautiful series of cascades down the rocks of the creek. The forest service also maintains the Bark Camp Adirondack shelter on the Sheltowee Trace just south of the junction.

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Shared By:

Paul Merklin

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Photos

Bark Camp Creek Cascades.
Jun 23, 2017 near Corbin, KY
Standing amid the cascades.
Aug 15, 2020 near Corbin, KY
Bark Camp Creek Shelter
Jun 23, 2017 near Corbin, KY
New Bridge over Bark Camp Creek
Aug 3, 2018 near Corbin, KY
Cascading waterfall on Bark Camp creek.
Oct 19, 2017 near Corbin, KY

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Aug 18, 2019
Mike Hall
Jul 25, 2019
Shaun S
Nice trail, 2 waterfalls, beautiful cascaded 5.7mi — 3h 30m
Mar 18, 2019
Trey Paskovics
7.7mi — 3h 34m