Beaver Creek - Camping

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For those that like aquatic adventures alongside their camping, Beaver Creek Campground is the perfect spot. It’s nestled along Barren River Lake which offers plenty of water-based recreational activities.

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Cinnamon Janzer


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Destination Distance From Downtown

114.5 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

You can pretty much cruise right up to the site by car and it’s a short walk to the campground from there—it’s a super accessible spot for tent campers.

Time To Complete

2 days


Spring, Summer, and Fall

Summer can get toasty, but there are plenty of swimming options on nearby Barren River Lake to cool you off. Spring weather is perfect and fall foliage is beautiful, so, really, any time that the park is open is a good time to go.

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits




Beaver Creek Campground is a simple yet beautiful spot not far from Glasgow, Kentucky that’s ideal for secluded, primitive camping. Since it serves up twelve primitive spots along Barren River Lake, there are tons of activities that water-lovers will go nuts for here (think boating, fishing, and swimming), along with family-friendly amenities as well like a playground and picnic areas. It’s small and off the beaten path, so you won’t be bothered by crowds here. In fact, you may find yourself solo on the lake. The whole site is tent only, so RV-free sounds accommodate a true nature escape.

What Makes It Great

For those that seek an experience in the outdoors that truly leaves the rest of the world behind, camping at Beaver Creek Campground really delivers. Yes, there’s a boat ramp, but the location in general is so out of the way that it never gets too crowded. Once night falls, a beautiful silence sets in. RVs aren’t allowed here, so you’ll really get back to the basics. Don’t expect electricity hook ups, but there are restrooms available and for families with kids, it’s a great spot to be. There’s a playground to keep the little ones busy and plenty of picnic space for family meals in the great outdoors.

Perhaps the best thing about this place is the variety of activities the lake provides. For those that can spend an entire day lazing around on a boat catching fish and hopping overboard for an occasional dip, you’ll love this place. Kayakers and canoeists will find a pleasant day here too—the lake space to boat ratio makes it more than hospitable to non-motorized adventures. Even those who want to skip the fishing and go straight for the swimming will love Barren River Lake and the beachy shores that surround it.

Who is Going to Love It

Solitude-seeking campers, minimalist campers, solo adventurists, kayakers, canoeists, boaters, fisherman, swimmers, and families with kids of all ages will love this place—basically anyone that is looking for a little rest and relaxation will find something to enjoy here. Hikers can rejoice as well. Even though Beaver Creek Campground isn’t a five star hiking spot, there is plenty of open space to explore and you’re sure to encounter wildlife along the way.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Glasgow, cruise south along Highway 31 East until Highway 252 where you’ll take a right. Just follow the signs that will direct you to a left onto Beaver Creek Road which will lead you to the campground.

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