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Summer Shoals Retreat

98%
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· Williamsburg, Kentucky
80 acres
8 sites
4 Caravan/Tent
4 Tent
Our campground has an exquisite blend of beautiful riverside, "hike in" mountain view and creekside sites. Summer Shoals are part of the Wild Rivers Scenic Area tucked discreetly within the Daniel Boone National Forest. It is home to numerous endangered species of plants and animals. The river itself flows about 11 miles before heading over the falls. The semiprivate road provides bicycle opportunities. Miles of rough trails are available for your hiking pleasure.
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Williamsburg, Kentucky, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Jim & Lora C.Joined in December 2017
Response rate: 80%Response time: Within 5 hours
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107 Ratings · 128 reviews
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Daniel P.recommends
October 9, 2022
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
Really beautiful area and Jim & Lora were very kind and welcoming. We had a great stay and look forward to coming back.
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Leo M.recommends
October 9, 2022
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
10/10
Beautiful campsites. Quiet, clean and secluded. Jim and Lora are awesome.
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Corrie B.recommends
September 25, 2022
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
This place is a gem, not just because of the beautiful scenery and extra features but because of how accommodating the hosts are. Camping was peaceful and comfortable. You feel like you’ve got the place all to yourself!
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Nicole B.recommends
September 11, 2022
Summer Shoals Backwoods
Wonderful Weekend Getaway!!!
This was an awesome place to stay. Cabins are cute, cozy and very clean. The Cumberland River was beautiful as well as the rest of the property. Loved to friendly chicken that came to greet us. Jim and Lora were so friendly and welcomed us upon arrival. I could have chatted with them for hours. I just wish the rest of my family would have enjoyed this place with us instead of staying in their not so great hotel. We will be back and will bring the rest of the family next time.
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Tyler S.recommends
September 5, 2022
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
Great first camping experience!
First time camping since I was very very young. Jim and Lora were very welcoming. Directions were clear and plenty to do on the property. Jim delivered fire wood right to the site. We hiked to see the waterfall and views of the river. Even got to meet their cows. Will be returning.
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Nathanael S.recommends
August 13, 2022
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
Moonbow Camp
We loved camping on Jim & Lora's land! It was very private with alot of freedom. We got to see the moonbow at Cumberland Falls easily which was only 20 minutes away. I would highly recommend camping here, and we will be back.
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Chris E.recommends
July 8, 2022
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
Great place to take a family camping. We enjoyed playing in the creek and river. Has all the amenities you need and they’re kept very clean. There is a bald eagle’s nest across from the property/river.
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Chad C.recommends
June 13, 2022
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
Best Camping near Cumberland Falls.
We love this place. Jim is an awesome host. We’ll see ya next time!
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Steve S.recommends
June 13, 2022
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
The camping spot was perfect for a tent!!! Jim was very nice and welcoming. You can't go wrong with this camp ground. The sound of the river put me to sleep every night. Location is perfect also. Short drive to Cumberland Falls State Park and other attractions. The campground is right off of the Copperhead Trail for motorcyclists. I will definitely stay here again if I make my way back to the area. Thanks again Jim!!
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David R.recommends
May 29, 2022
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
Awesome camping spot and very cool host, the river is super nice
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Jeff E.recommends
March 21, 2022
Summer Shoals Backwoods
This was my first trip to camp in Southern KY, and after my trip this time I will definitely return. Ji. & Laura gave us out of the world hospitality. My car broke down and I needed a tow. Jim even offered to bring me to town! Offered us coffee while we waited for the tow truck. Camp sites are what you make them, which I love, rather then pre-built camp sites. That being said the property is very well maintained with plenty of acres to camp on! AirBnB for cabins, hipcamp.com for tent sites.
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Taylor S.recommends
February 28, 2022
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
GREAT HOST, GREAT ENVIRONMENT, GREAT STAY. Let this stay be a blessing. In Jesus name
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Stephen W.recommends
October 13, 2021
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
Very quiet and peaceful time in nature. Great hosts. We will return.
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Donavon H.recommends
October 9, 2021
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
We absolutely loved staying here and plan on coming back!
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Mary T.recommends
September 25, 2021
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
Peaceful, Safe Nature's Playground
I had taken our four boys (9, 7, 3, 2) camping at some campgrounds, but this was our first time using Hipcamp. I couldn't be more pleased with our experience. We came after Labor Day for two nights, so we were the only tent campers in the regular area. We spent time on the river catching minnows, whirlygig beetles, and a dobsonfly larva in our net. We also hiked along the creek that fed into the river. The boys loved the big hill! And we stopped at the waterfall on private property (with directions from Jim), and it was the COOLEST place for the boys to romp around. We really, really enjoyed ourselves! We had no cell service (no surprise), but Jim let us use his Wifi so I could contact my husband to let him know we made it there safely. I appreciated that. I did feel safe the whole time, even though there weren't many others around. I was a little nervous about being in bear country, but we were careful to clean up food and keep trash contained, and we had zero problems with any animals. And I was thankful that the porta-potty was clean with a solar-light at nighttime. It's good to be able to spot poison ivy; it's impossible to eradicate on that much land, but we avoided it when we saw it, and thankfully, no one got any rash.
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Kacy W.recommends
September 5, 2021
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
Amazing! The owners are wonderful, nice, and helpful if you need anything at all. They had a beautiful home, amazing views, and even offered great amenities for camping. We’ll definitely be coming back!
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Lorena C N.recommends
September 5, 2021
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
Highly Recommended! <3
This place was absolutely amazing!! Would recommend this to everyone, couples, families and even for puppies. Lora and Jim were great hosts and definitely made this such an awesome experience :) we can’t wait to go back
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Josh B.recommends
August 10, 2021
Site 3 - Summer Shoals Cabins
They were super great snd accommodating! Some of the nicest people we have met. Certainly would recommend.
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Elena B.recommends
August 2, 2021
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
Great river camping!
It was absolutely wonderful! Jim and Lora were very kind and helpful and we had a great time hiking to the waterfall and on the river. Using the tubes on a hot day was a great experience and tent camping on the river was lots of fun! The cabins were great too, well kept and cool at night. Had a good time meeting their dog and the chickens!
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Rebekah G.recommends
August 2, 2021
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
My family had a blast. Property is clean and kept up. We especially loved being so close to the water so our kids could tube and splash around. Great for primitive camping.
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Jon B.recommends
July 28, 2021
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
Beautiful Site, Beautiful People
This is a wonderful location, right on the river, perfect and peaceful. Jim and Lora were great hosts and have a beautiful story of acquiring their property.
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Stephanie P.recommends
July 26, 2021
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
Great camping for families!
When we decided to go camping by Cumberland Falls we knew we wanted something semi-private since we were camping with 3 kids and 2 dogs so we were so excited about Summer Shoals. When reading the reviews we thought there was no way it could live up to what everybody was saying but our experience was better then we could have imagined! The owners were wonderful and just went above and beyond to make sure our trip was perfect and the propery is beautiful!! We loved our "private beach" and our kids had the best time running around and fishing! Caught some huge catfish! Great place to stay! We will definitely be back soon!!
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Jeanna M.recommends
July 9, 2021
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
Peaceful getaway with great hosts
Check all 3 of their listings... You can choose to stay in the woods, by the creek or by the river! Beautiful land with sweet and accomodating hosts. (The eggs... HUGE yolks! Lol) Property has really interesting backstory! There is a bald eagle who frequents the river. Amazing views. Clean! A little piece of heaven.
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Mandi H.recommends
July 5, 2021
Summer Shoals Backwoods
Backwoods camping at its finest!!
We absolutely loved it here!! It was very private and the campsite was very nice. I highly enjoyed backwoods camping by the creek here. We felt so very comfortable staying here and will be back!!
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Darren M.recommends
July 5, 2021
Site 4 - Summer Shoals Cabins
Had a great time
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Darren M.recommends
July 5, 2021
Site 2 - Summer Shoals Cabins
Beautiful place
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Jody S.recommends
July 3, 2021
Summer Shoals Backwoods
Spectacular!!
If you are looking for pure, clean countryside that has been preserved for the true nature goers, Summer Shoals is the place to go. Jim and Lora are such humble people and they just make you feel so welcome. Jim took time out of his day to take us around the property. Beautiful! I love the way that Lora decorated the trails to primitive camping, the bath house, and the cabins. She is very talented. Wading in the waters of the Cumberland River was rejuvenating. We saw the Bald Eagle, went fishing, took hikes, and explored the river banks. We didn't want to leave. If reconnecting with your family without electronics is your goal then you need to visit this small slice of heaven. Jim..Lora..Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and can't wait to see you again. Darryl and LeeAnne
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Benjamin S.recommends
June 28, 2021
Site 1 - Summer Shoals Cabins
Jim & Lora have an amazing property! Beautiful, clean, private, and very well laid out. If we were to come again, I would highly recommend site three as it has the best views of the river. Beyond that... just book it! You'll have everything you need for a great, quiet weekend. Thank you Jim & Lora!
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Halie C.recommends
June 14, 2021
Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground
Surpassed all expectations! Camped in my tent by the river the first night. It rained overnight, so for my second night I upgraded to a cabin! Highly recommend cabin #1 as it is closest to the GORGEOUS creek (which is where I spent most of my 2nd day!). Lora and Jim we so kind and hospitable. They truly have a slice of paradise and I fully intend to return. Thanks again so much!!
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Tina C.recommends
June 5, 2021
Site 3 - Summer Shoals Cabins
Had a wonderful time
Great hosts...beautiful setting...awesome cabins...bring an air mattress beds are uncomfortable
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