You don’t have to wear a raccoon on your head.

We’ve shared a few of our favorite Spring time camping spots, but so far we haven’t ventured east of the Mississippi.  Our last two campgrounds have been great spots, with scenic vistas.  Places where you can pull up your trailer and set up your side tent,  and  and have fun for a solid week.    But want to make sure our East Coasters know about some of our favorite spots, without having to drive 2 days to get there.  This next spot is a HUGE national forest, and this one is named for an American  frontier Icon  famous for wearing a coon skip cap( although some say he never wore such a hat).

 

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Cave Run Lake   Picture by Ryne, Salyer

The Daniel Boone National Forest  in Kentucky  is comprised of over 7000,000 acres of rugged terrain.   The park is so big that it is split up into 4 separate ranger districts,    There are  over a dozen tent camping campgrounds where you can set up  family tent and enjoy the great outdoors.   There are  7 or 8 campgrounds that allow campers, including some fun group campgrounds that are great for big get-together.   You’ll have so many options in the Daniel Boone National Forest, that you won’t know what to do with yourself.   Our last two featured campsites where great, one was on the ocean, and one in the arid landscape of West Texas.      So Daniel Boone National Forest is the first spot to feature fresh water recreation.    With 4 lakes and 3 rivers, you’ll have plenty to choose from.   Of course there is also mountain biking, fishing, OHV riding, horse riding and rock climbing.    There is literally something for everyone at this park.

 

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Hiker on suspension bridge over the Red River, on the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail By US Forest Service – Southern Region – 

There are so many great camping spots, and so many fun activities, you should plan out your trip before you leave home.  The US National Forest Service site is a great place to start.    Once you’ve planned it all out,  pack up your family  camping tent,  or your camper, head out and enjoy some of the best camping  in the US.