Awaken your senses, camp the Cumberland! The Summer Shoals will provide you with outstanding fishing, wading, swimming, kayaking and hiking. The Daniel Boone offers 708,000 acres amazing hiking within walking distance of your campsite! Our property offers over 80 acres of creekside, riverside or mountain campsite locations. Come experience being surrounded by nature. The
Awaken your senses, camp the Cumberland! The Summer Shoals will provide you with outstanding fishing, wading, swimming, kayaking and hiking. The Daniel Boone offers 708,000 acres amazing hiking within walking distance of your campsite! Our property offers over 80 acres of creekside, riverside or mountain campsite locations. Come experience being surrounded by nature. The shallow and crisp water of the Shoals provides an ideal smallmouth 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. Free firewood, while supply lasts, bagged ice and farm fresh eggs are available onsite and locally. Gathering of dead firewood is always permitted and encouraged. Fire rings available. RATES 10.00 PER PERSON, per night to tent camp.. 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.
- 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
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
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 70+acres 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.
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 in Kentucky.
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
The vibe at Summer Shoals Retreat
Places to see near Summer Shoals Retreat
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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!
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!!
Great place. fantastic hosts
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.
Wonderful this spot!
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!
Pristine camp area
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!
An oasis on the water
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!