Hipcamp host Jim & Lora C.
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Awaken your senses, tube and camp the Cumberland! The Summer Shoals will provide you with outstanding fishing, wading, swimming, tubing,kayaking and hiking. The Daniel Boone offers 680,000 acres of fall foliage within walking distance of your campsite! Our property offers over 80 acres of creekside, riverside or mountain campsite locations. Come experience being surrounded

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Awaken your senses, tube and camp the Cumberland! The Summer Shoals will provide you with outstanding fishing, wading, swimming, tubing,kayaking and hiking. The Daniel Boone offers 680,000 acres of fall foliage within walking distance of your campsite! Our property offers over 80 acres of creekside, riverside or mountain campsite locations. Come experience being surrounded by the fall colors. The shallow and crisp water temperatures create an ideal fish habitat. The soothing sound of the rapids will lull you to sleep as you relax on the bank. We are nestled away within the Daniel Boone National Forest, approximately 13 miles upriver of the breathtaking Cumberland Falls State Park. Come enjoy a primitive camping experience you will not soon forget. There is also a vegetable/baked good farm up the street for tasty pies, breads and in season vegetables. A custom butcher about 5 miles up the road can provide your campfire steaks and burgers. Firewood, bagged ice and farm fresh eggs are available onsite and locally. Gathering of dead firewood is always permitted and encouraged. Fire rings available. Please dont forget your camera! All the pictures posted here are from our property! However if you get restless, the Daniel Boone is just a mile up the road. RATES 10.00 per person per night. However to encourage a quality family camping experience children 12 and under camp with their parents at NO CHARGE. Just make sure to indicate your children's ages when you register. Happy camping! Due to situations beyond our control each camper will receive a wristband upon checkin. Wristband must be worn while on our property. Anyone without the proper wristband will be removed and the person renting the site will forfeit the remainder of their visit.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
10 sites
Up to 11 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Activities

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Biking

The road through our property is paved. Off road bicycle trails begin with a mile of our property. Horseback riding trails, of...Read more

Boating

Canoe access on the bank. No motorized watercraft permitted. A limited number of kayaks will be available for rent (for local u...Read more

Fishing

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

Hiking

We have 70+acres to hike and trail access to the Daniel Boone National Forest a mile down the road.

Paddling

The Summer Shoals are an ideal moving water playground. The Cumberland Falls National Park is just 11 miles down stream. We do ...Read more

Climbing

View the cliff from Steer Ridge from afar or hike in to climb.

Snow sports

When mother nature cooperates sledding and cross country skiing.

Whitewater paddling

Our campground is 11 miles upstream of Cumberland Falls State Park. The river has a great flow rate and several rated whitewate...Read more

Wildlife watching

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

Fall Fun

Great for fall family activities. This is a great Hipcamp to experience the colors of fall—watch the leaves change and autumn c...Read more

Swimming

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Summer Shoals Retreat in Kentucky.

Forest

Plenty of woods to hike, make your own trail.

Mountainous

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

Swimming hole

Enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool waters of the Cumberland River.

Waterfall

There is a nice waterfall at the park entrance. This waterfall is however on private property. We highly suggest you respect p...Read more

Farm

Cattle and chicken move freely about the homestead area.

Driveway

We offer off street, some lit some not parking areas. We strongly recommend not leaving valuables in plain sight and locking yo...Read more

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Hipcamper Tess

An oasis on the water

Tess S.
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(Dispersed site)
May 29th, 2019

This is the perfect campspot! Summer Shoals is good for families & friends, young & old. Dispersed with plenty of site options. They offer drive-up and hike-in sites. You can choose to what level of interaction or seclusion you prefer. Although we were secluded, we loved getting to know Jim & Lora too! We were right on the river with our pups and it was an absolute oasis. There was so much wildlife in the area to look at including an Eagle whose nest is right across the river. Boat rentals and plenty of trails surrounding the property. There is a toilet, water and even eggs for sale. The site owners couldn't be kinder people. We will be recommending to others & We will DEFINITELY be back!

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Hipcamper Jim & Lora
Response from Jim & Lora, the Host, on July 6th, 2019

We were do happy to be able to provide the camping experience you were looking for. It was so nice to meet you and look forward to seeing you again. Jim&Lora

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Hipcamper Katherine

Had a great time

Katherine C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 11th, 2019

The host was great, and is a very beautiful place. Just a little rough getting up and down to the water for me and my best friend.

Hipcamper Jim & Lora
Response from Jim & Lora, the Host, on September 12th, 2019

We have opened a small but easily accessable trail to the waters edge since your visit.

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Hipcamper Cheryl

Relaxing retreat

Cheryl V.
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(Dispersed site)
July 6th, 2019

The owners and host Jim and Lora are Amazing!We arrived early and Jim gave us a great tour of the grounds.Its so peaceful and private land!Fresh eggs were awesome for our breakfast thanks to Jim and Lora!We had the creek and river view from our site we chose.We loved fishing in the creek and the wading was so cool and refreshing. I caught 7 bass out of the creek catch and released but so much fun.My daughter loved playing in the sand at the Creek.Its located close to the Cumberland Falls so you can visit.We can’t wait to come back!

Bug catching funBass caught in creekFun in the sand and swimming at the creekTending to fire
Hipcamper Jim & Lora
Response from Jim & Lora, the Host, on July 6th, 2019

It was so wonderful to meet your family. Hope to serve you again soon. Dont forget to schedule your next visit around the Cumberland Falls Moonbow schedule.

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Hipcamper Michael

Relaxing and fun

Michael H.
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(Dispersed site)
July 6th, 2019

Very peaceful, our hosts were great awesome views

Hipcamper Jim & Lora
Response from Jim & Lora, the Host, on July 7th, 2019

It was a pleasure serving you. I hope you make us a regular camping and hiking location. Jim&Lora.

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Hipcamper Amanda
Amanda S.
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July 11th, 2019

I still have a smile on my face from our experience here! Jim and Lora was amazing. They met us at the front and took us around on a wonderful tour of their property and helped us choose a site and got us all set up. My daughter's and I enjoyed chatting on the back porch with Lora while the boys fished. Then this morning as we got caught in the pouring rain this couple outdid themselves in hospitality. If you stay here you will not be disappointed. I can wait to follow their journey and see what they continue to do here. Can't wait to make it back!!

Hipcamper Jim & Lora
Response from Jim & Lora, the Host, on July 11th, 2019

Thank you for your kind words. We are glad you discovered both Hipcamp and our little diamond in the rough here at Summer Shoals.

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Hipcamper David

Great place. fantastic hosts

David S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 15th, 2019

We really struck gold with Summer Shoals Retreat when my girlfriend and I went camping there for a couple of days. For starters, Jim and Lora were some of the nicest hosts I have ever had the chance to meet as they were so attentive to our needs while also making sure that the campsite was everything we expected. The entire campsite was clean and maintained. The bathrooms were even very clean and welcoming which was one of my concerns. Jim gave us an ATV tour of the 80 acres campsite just outside the Daniel Boone National Forest, and I must say the property is amazing. The trails on the site are as beautiful as you can imagine, almost as they've been untouched. Jim gave us firewood to use for our camp and clear directions to a nearby Walmart. Our experience was great and I would definitely recommend this site to anyone who wants to see Kentucky.

Hipcamper Jim & Lora
Response from Jim & Lora, the Host, on September 12th, 2019

It was nice to meet the two of you. Im glad you enjoyed your secluded location. Sorry about the heat it was so hot. We would love to see you again when the cooler fall tempertures arrive. We have opened a nice little trail down to the waters edge near where you camped. We are clearing the brush off the banks a bit at a time. Have a great summer. Jim&Lora

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Hipcamper Amanda

Wonderful this spot!

Amanda S.
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(Dispersed site)
July 17th, 2019

This place was absolutely amazing and exceeded our expectations. We cant wait to see what they do with the place over the next few years. The hosts were wonderful anf went above and beyond to make us comfortable and that we had all we needed and more. It was one of our most cherished stops on our family vacation and we cant wait to return!

Hipcamper Jim & Lora
Response from Jim & Lora, the Host, on September 12th, 2019

It was so nice to meet you and hope you can stay longer next time. As feedback has requested we were able to open a nice river access area and plan a shelterhouse and activity area in the spring. Enjoy horse shoes in the shade, a little badminton, or volleyball if the mood strikes you. Have a wonderful fall and dont forget the trails up into the Daniel Boone we are expecting beautiful colors again this fall.

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Hipcamper Robin

Great

Robin T.
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(Dispersed site)
August 20th, 2019

It was great,beautiful place,very quiet. jim and Lora are great people. We cant wait to go back when we can spend more time.

Hipcamper Jim & Lora
Response from Jim & Lora, the Host, on September 12th, 2019

Our tent flaps are always open, so to speak. The cool fall nights, fall colors not to mention a fall Rompin the River are a perfect way to wind into fall. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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Hipcamper Audra

Pristine camp area

Audra J.
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(Dispersed site)
May 27th, 2019

Laura and Jim were fabulous hosts! The land is well maintained with plenty of privacy. We had a camp site by the river. The land is pristine, quiet, clean, and lush. The cold
Outdoor shower was perfectly refreshing after a hot day. Jim showed us the property on his John Deer Gator. Kids and adults all loved our weekend. We can’t wait to visit again! This is a family friendly camp area with a beautiful cross at the top of the hill. The peace and quiet is refreshing. There wasn’t any loud music or disturbances. Two thumbs up!

Jim delivering our firewood! Cooking at camp. Dragonflies The river adjacent to our site.
Hipcamper Jim & Lora
Response from Jim & Lora, the Host, on July 6th, 2019

It was so nice meeting your family. We promise to keep the trail to the water clear for your next visit. Lol We really loved hearing the laughing and screams from your children as they played in the river. Glad you chose Summer Shoals and look forward to seeing you again.

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Property
Summer Shoals Retreat
State
Kentucky
$10/night
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