- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
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Start your trip off right with a bundle of firewood waiting for you at your c...Read more
Rompin in the Shoals
Rent river tubes to splash around in the shoals. Only 5.00 for your visit per...Read more
Farm fresh eggs
Fresh as in maybe still warm.
The girls are back from vacation.
Fire starter sticks
4 packs of fire starters for those rainy days when your campfire wont coopera...Read more
Tired of struggling with your tent setup, or perhaps just forgot your hammock...Read more
Dont let the summer heat cause you to worry about your food and beverages. We...Read more
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
The road through our property is paved. Off road bicycle trails begin with a mile of our property. Horseback riding trails, of...Read more
Canoes can be rented at a nearby livery for separate fee.
The smallmouth and catfish is second to none. An occasional walleye may show up as well as a wild river trout population. All ...Read more
We have plenty of acreage to hike and trail access to the Daniel Boone National Forest a mile down the road.
The Summer Shoals are an ideal moving water playground. The Cumberland Falls National Park is just 11 miles down stream. We do ...Read more
View the cliff from Steer Ridge from afar or hike in to climb.
When mother nature cooperates sledding and cross country skiing.
As a family based Christian campground we ask that you observe proper clothing and swimming attire while visiting Summer Shoals.
Our campground is 11 miles upstream of Cumberland Falls State Park. The river has a great flow rate and several rated whitewate...Read more
Summer Shoals is a virtual animal paradise. There is also a pair of eagles on the other side of the river as well as an occasio...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Summer Shoals Retreat & Campground in Kentucky.
We have a small beach in a shaded corner of the property. Camping is permitted in this location if that is your choice.
Plenty of woods to hike, make your own trail.
We are nestled privately in the Appalachian Mountains.
River, stream, or creek
The Cumberland River, Archers Creek and John Jones Branch all meander through the property. All have absolutely beautiful campi...Read more
Enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool waters of the Cumberland River.
There is a nice waterfall at the park entrance. This waterfall is however on private property. We highly suggest you respect p...Read more
Cattle and chicken move freely about the homestead area.
We offer off street, some lit some not parking areas. We strongly recommend not leaving valuables in plain sight and locking yo...Read more
Places to see near Summer Shoals Retreat
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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!!