Blue Heron Campground – Located just minutes from Stearns and the Blue Heron Mining Community, the campground offers a total of 45 sites all with water and electric hook-ups, picnic tables, fire-rings, access to restrooms and showers and a dump station. Campground reservations for sites within Big South Fork can now be made through National Recreation Reservation Service by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at the National Recreation Reservation Service web site.
Blue Heron Campground, Strunk, KY 42649

Bear Creek Horse Camp – Located about 20 mins from Stearns this campsite contains 24 individual sites. Each campsite offers water and electricity, tables, grills, tie-outs for 4 horses, access to modern restrooms with hot showers. Bear Creek Horse Camp is now operated by the National Park Service. Camping reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at
Lee Hollow Road, Strunk, KY 42649

Barren Fork Horse Camp – The campground offers 41 campsites that accommodate horse trailers and RVs up to 35 feet. For information call 606-376-5323.
3320 US 27 North Whitley City, KY 42653

Sandhill RV Park & Camp – RV campsites available with electric and water hookups, dump station, showers and more. Plus, a playground, grills, shelter and community building. Primitive tent camping also available. Call 606-376-7275 to make a reservation.
4435 Sandhill Rd, Whitley City, KY 42653


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Red Roof Inn – Located in Whitley, City and 13 miles from the Blue Heron Mining Community. They offer complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, and breakfast bar. Call 606-376-3780 to make reservations.
1116 N Highway 27 Whitley City, KY 42653

Big South Fork Motor Lodge РLocated one block from downtown Historic Stearns.  Call 606-376-3156 to make a reservation.
136 Bruce Street Stearns, KY 42647

Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort РSheltowee Trace Adventure Resort is located  45 mins from Stearns. They offer a fully furnished resort cabin that sleeps 10-12, rustic cabins, and primitive campsites. For Reservations call 1-800-541-7238.
2001 Hwy 90, Corbin, KY 40701.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park – Located about 35 mins from Stearns, Cumberland Falls State Park is contained entirely within the Daniel Boone National Forest and is named for its major feature, 68-foot-tall Cumberland Falls. The park offer a Lodge with 51 rooms offering beautiful views and full amenities. They also have cabins and camping available. Call 606-528-4121 to make reservations.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park 7351 Hwy. 90 Corbin, KY 40701

Blair Creek Resort – Located at the edge of the beautiful Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in South East, Kentucky. Blair Creek Resort has 1300 to 1500 square foot modern cabins fully equipped with a modern day kitchen, full bathroom, washer and dryer . For Reservations call 606-376-2022.
553 Gary King Rd. Strunk, Ky 42649

Barthell Coal Mining Camp – Historical cabins are available for overnight stays. Located off KY Hwy 742 just minutes from the Blue Heron Mining Community. Call 1-888-550-5748 or 606-376-8749 or visit for more info.
552 Barthell Road, Strunk, Kentucky 42649

**Also keep in mind there are additional lodging/camping/RV/airbnb options not listed on this page in nearby cities including Somerset, KY, Williamsburg, KY and Oneida, TN. Please plan accordingly.