Carr Creek State Park
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Introduction

Lovely wooded 29-acre Carr Creek State Park offers access to a unique environment, a variety of outdoor activities, and an enjoyable escape in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. This park houses a 700+-acre lake that was once home to some of the earliest pioneer settlements in this region. Guests will find Kentucky’s longest swimming beach, a marina, boat rental, and numerous picnic shelters available here.

Petite Carr Creek State Park, believed to be named after a well-known “Long Hunter” William Carr, provides a family-friendly respite and offers the opportunity to boat, fish, swim, camp, and enjoy the simple things in life. Guest to Carr Creek State Park will be surprised to find a marsh environment in this mountainous area. They will quickly understand their luck in locating this unique park which supports a wide assortment of watchable wildlife. Guests can expect to see wood ducks, great blue and green heron, ruffed grouse, bobwhite, wild turkey, red-winged blackbird, and warblers here. They can also expect to encounter raccoon and striped skunk making their homes in this area.

The park maintains a campground with 39 sites. Each site is outfitted with standard water and electric hookups. Camp sites are located within easy access to the waterfront and can accommodate RV’s up to 60-feet in length. The campground has a bathhouse with hot showers available for guests. Each site is outfitted with a fire ring, grill, and picnic table. Guests are welcome to bring their pets so long as they are maintained on a leash.

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Transportation in Carr Creek State Park

Driving

The park's address is:

Carr Creek State Park

2086 Smithboro Rd., HWY 15

Sassafras, KY 41759

The park is located approximately 15 miles south of Hazard on KY-15 South. Guests traveling through Sassafras will take KY-15 S/Smithsboro Rd for just over a mile before coming to the park entrance on the left. Guests will find the marina on the right just down the road. If you cross the lake, you have missed the park entrance.

Parking

Guests to Carr Creek State Park will find parking available to them near the beach and within the campground. Guests will also find ample parking available at the marina.

Public Transport

There is no access to public transportation available within the park.

Campgrounds and parking in Carr Creek State Park

Campsites in Carr Creek State Park

Reservations camping

Carr Creek State Park

Guests to lovely wooded Carr Creek State Park will find this an interesting and unique space. Housing a 400+-acre lake, this park offers guests the opportunity to see wildlife more native to a swampy terrain than is common in the mountains of Kentucky. Guests will a variety of recreational activities at this park located on Carr Fork Lake. The park maintains 39 camping sites where you can park your RV or pitch your tent and relax in a one of a kind campground. Camp sites can accommodate RV’s up to 60-feet in length and provides a bathhouse with hot showers and a laundry facility. All sites are outfitted with electrical and water hookups and come with a picnic table, firepit, and a grill. Guests are welcome to bring their pets. However, animals must be maintained on a leash.

Petite wooded Carr Creek State Park offers several spaces for picnicking, an amphitheater, a playground, horseshoe pits, a boat dock and marina. The park maintains the longest sand beach in the Kentucky State Parks system. This park is a delight for boaters and fishermen wishing to explore the 750-acre lake with miles of shoreline and good bass, crappie and walleye fishing.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Carr Creek State Park

In-Season

Fishing

Lovely petite Carr Creek State Park offers an ideal place for fishermen. Carr Creek Lake, previously known as Carr Fork Lake, is located 20 miles east of Hazard on Kentucky Route 15 in Knott County. Guests interested in exploring the 700+-acre lake will find miles of shoreline and good fishing opportunities. Rent fishing boats and provide for all your fishing needs at the marina. The lovely tree-lined lake offers good bass, crappie and walleye fishing. Native species include smallmouth bass, black crappie, and white crappie. Additional game species introduced into the lake include largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, redbreast sunfish and walleye. Gizzard shad have been introduced to improve the forage base and are persistent. Threadfin shad have been stocked annually since 1986. Guests will also be happy to hear that trout are released monthly during the summer.

Boating

Spend some of your down time on the 400+-acre lake here. Guests to the lake can enjoy a solitary canoe ride on the wooded Carr Fork Lake or opt for floating along with a party on a rented pontoon boat. Visitors to the park can find pontoon boats and fishing boat rentals available at the full-service marina. The marina near provides lake access as well as fishing and boating supplies.

Swimming

Guests visiting lovely wooded Carr Creek State Park in the summer months will want to pack their swimsuits and sunscreen. This park maintains the longest sandy swimming beach in the state of Kentucky and offers an exceptional place to cool off in the heat of a summer day. Enjoy sunbathing and relaxing on this 480-foot beach when not in the water. There's plenty of picnic space available with eight pavilions located within the park. If you find yourself at the park without a packed picnic, you can pick up snacks and drinks at the marina.

Off-Season

Aviation Museum of Kentucky

Those with an interest in aviation and/or history will find a visit to the nearby Aviation Museum of Kentucky a worthwhile adventure. Located just a few miles from Sassafras, the Aviation Museum offers the opportunity to explore 20,000-square feet of aviation history. Exhibits include stunning F-4 Phantoms and various other fighter jets. View Bell Cobra copters as well as fighter planes used in Vietnam war. Guests will also enjoy the regular traveling exhibits, collections of photographs, collections of aircraft models, and exhibits of aircraft parts.

Hiking

Visitors to Carr Creek State Park will want to be sure to throw their hiking shoes in the suitcase. There is a moderately challenging lightly trafficked 10.6-mile out and back trail. The trail-head can be located behind restrooms at the Carr Creek Dam Spillway. This trail is clearly marked and easily identified by signage and a wooden handrail and steps leading up the hillside. Parking is available in a large paved lot at the Carr Creek Dam or in a few gravel spots along the roadway on Sugar Lake Rd. Guests will find this an enjoyable trail through mature woods with occasional glimpses of Carr Lake.

Geocaching

Guests to Carr Creek State Park with an interest in this modern twist to treasure hunting will be happy to hear that they can add geocaching to the outdoor adventures when spending time in this park. Those new to geocaching may wish to give this a try while enjoying petite Car Creek State Park as there are several caches available in a small space. Two of the caches available to guests choosing to cache within the park are:

Lakeside Nature Trail Cache:

Guests are looking for a regular sized cache placed in moderately difficult terrain but relatively easy to find. You will be looking for a green lock-n-lock container located just off of the hiking trail. Guests will find this a lovely scenic walk with plenty of fishing spots. Don’t be surprised to see deer, wild turkey, or other native wildlife while hiking this trail.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

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Dirt Dauber Rock Shelter:

This cache is an Earthcache, so there is no actual cache to locate. This Earth cache is located along fairly difficult terrain but is reasonably easy to locate. Guests will take a small hike from HWY-15 down to the water at Carr Creek Lake to see this cache. There is no trail to this destination, so be mindful that some bush-wacking is required. The slope to this cache is a bit steep at times as well. You are looking for a rock shelter made out of sandstone.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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