Reviewed by SCgregg1 on August 6, 2009
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Lick Fork Lake Campground. Mid-week summer solitude.
Mr. Johnny Molloyâ€™s description of Lick Fork Lake campground in the â€œBest in Tent Camping Bookâ€ is complete and accurate. No need to say what has already been said.
I will, however, point out that at a certain time of the year, Lick Fork affords a camper something that is rare in developed campgrounds. And that is solitude.
Summer is the time to find it, and mid-week is a more specific place to look for it.
Any site, except the camp hoist site (#10), is usually available Tuesday through Thursday during the hotter summer months and it is not uncommon to have the whole campground to yourself during those mid-week nights. There is no guarantee of that, but I have made two visits this summer during mid-week and had the whole Lick Fork Valley to myself after dark 5 out of the 6 total nights I spent there. That was pretty special.
Picnic areas and the beach get light to moderate use during mid-week in the summer. Mid-week users are usually local families and they are usually not loud groups. Most of the sounds coming from the beach area on my last two visits were sounds of happy children. Very cool!
Invariably, day users leave at dusk. 1 by 1 they leave until you are sealed off in the valley. Alone in the wild.
Take a look at my Lick Fork Lake pictures and read the descriptions. If the area looks nice to you, and you can imagine having some quality quiet time thereâ€¦think about coming! Bring the family!! This is a special place that is very well cared for by the Forest Service and the Camp Host. Just come during mid-week, OK? Weekends do tend to be a littleâ€¦â€™activeâ€™.
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