Wiley's Last Resort is at the end of the Whirled on top of Pine Mountain, Letcher County, Kentucky. It is a spectacular, private, Fun(d) raiser of musical music with natural, honest, generous, kind, invigorating, quintessential, astute, loving human beans, and sharing dingleberries who survive to make the world a better place. It is really a wonderful thing. Bring water, ice
Wiley's Last Resort is at the end of the Whirled on top of Pine Mountain, Letcher County, Kentucky. It is a spectacular, private, Fun(d) raiser of musical music with natural, honest, generous, kind, invigorating, quintessential, astute, loving human beans, and sharing dingleberries who survive to make the world a better place. It is really a wonderful thing. Bring water, ice, flashlights, tents, your own instruments of musicality, your own poetry, storytellers, your stories, artists, your art, and your own special kindness.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Wiley's Last Resort (pond area) in Kentucky.
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Pine mountain is beautiful and this place has a lot of potential but it's not being met. The swimming hole/pond is "leaking" and in spite of being full from massive flooding a month ago, is already incredibly low and looks to be filled with rust. The "dock" in the middle to jump off of has rusted off ladders that need to be replaced/condemned.
The bathroom access I paid extra for so I could shower was Closed bc of septic issues and has a large, intentional hole cut in the main door, looking directly at the toilet. While maybe funny 20 years ago, it just felt creepy with frat house vibes.
The Leave No Trace principles didn't seem to apply to the owners who had broken, rusted chairs at the camp site, a giant sheet of broken glass near ours, random garbage throughout the woods near our site, and a massive pile of beer cans spilling out of of dilapidated seating area, also filled with broken, rusted crap. Beer cans were on the ground near a stage and the general vibe was "dude has a dope party spot for his people" with little regard to much else.
I also had my dog with me and the owners outdoor dog, while incredibly sweet, barked all night and tried to attack my dog the following morning. I told the owner, Steve, and he apologized and said she'd lost a fight with another dog the week before and was trying to be an alpha. Which.. what??
Honestly the place could be dope as hell but probably not without new management or they hire some staff to care for the place.
The definition of a hidden gem
I loved my time at Wiley’s Last Resort. I hope to come back sooner rather than later! Everyone was welcoming and Steve was super friendly and helpful.
What a time!
The time i had at Willies was probably the most communal bonding experience ive ever had with a group of complete strangers. Everyone at the camp at the time (including Steve) were volunteering with flood relief and were genuinely kind and giving people. We hung out together every night as if we'd know eachother all along.
The pond was good for a refreshing dip, and the property is actually pretty large and has several trails and really neat areas. Near the pond area is a flush toilet and a shower, which was really convenient.
Its definitely an eclectic place, so maybe not your style if you need things neat and tidy but otherwise you won't regret your stay.
Camping in the mountains
Steve was very welcoming and friendly. He told us to pick any site, explaining where to look. He came by and chatted about the fact his place had been a resort in the 30’s & 40’s and its more recent history. Steve even brought us coffee in the morning! It’s a beautiful place, high up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. We would go back if we’re in the area!
The place to make new friends
This is THE place. So glad I found Willys Last Resort. This place has so many hidden gems. MARs, the pond, and many trails. I got to hang with the care takers. What a welcoming group. I could be including and hang out or I could stay by myself and absorb the sights and sounds of nature. It was entirely up to me. I can’t recommend this place enough. No regrets here and I recommend this place to anyone wanting a true hipcamp experience.
Wiley’s is wild and wonderful!
What a wild place to be! Steve was an excellent host. We found a great spot a little bit away from the pond up in the woods. I felt very private and the dogs kept his company. If Steve offers you a four wheeling tour of the property, take it! It was quite a ride to see all of the campsites and all of the things that are happening at Wiley‘s Last Resort. I would definitely recommend this host and this property. We will come back if we’re ever in the area again.
Lovely, quirky, chill place to stay
I just love the vibe at this place. It's like a Dr. Bronner's soap label come to life--lovely, eccentric, and totally laid back, with funny phrases/sayings/signs everywhere. I'm so glad we stayed here. We came with a 17-foot camper van, and they have several places with electricity (110) that we could plug into, which was just what we needed. They also have tons of spots to just park, if you don't need electricity, and some pretty tent-camping spots with firepits and lots of firewood around. There's a shower house with one shower and a toilet--it was, um, well ventilated (i.e. there's not a TON of privacy as there are big windows, and they do call it the Eyefull Shower, lol), but it's so secluded out there that it really didn't matter, and we were so in need of showers after hiking all day, lol! (And yes, they DID have a bottle of Dr. Bronner's in the shower!) There's a nice pond, and a building with a stage where they sometimes have live music. They've got trails to hike on the property, and Steve was super nice and shuttled us between the Bad Branch Falls parking lot and the end of the Highland section of the Pine Mountain Trail. We hiked up to High Rock (GORGEOUS VIEWS) and then down to Bad Branch Falls and out to our van (it took us about 7 hours), and then drove back to WLR. In the evening, we heard whip-poor-wills singing, which was a treat. There are a few (well-behaved) doggos running around, too. AND, to make everything even more special, they even brought us a bottle of champagne on ice (and some OJ in case we wanted to save it for morning, haha) while we were making our dinner because they knew we were there celebrating our anniversary!
I can't say enough good things about the Pine Mountain Trail, by the way. I can't believe more people don't come here. We hardly saw anyone on the trail the whole time we were there.
This place should definitely not be your last resort! It's great!