Vandals burn bridge in Daniel Boone National Forest


KENTUCKY (WDKY) – There’s been another setback to re-opening a popular southern Kentucky campground.

The area sustained major damage from a flood two years ago.

No access is allowed in this area, but someone was able to get in recently and set fire to a historic walking bridge over the Rockcastle River at the Bee Rock Campground in the Daniel Boone National Forest, between Laurel and Pulaski counties.

It’s not the first time the CCC Sublimity Bridge has been set on fire.

This time, major damage was done-as officials say a 40-foot section of the bridge was taken out. They say both sides of the campground are also damaged by the vandalism.

Two years ago, there was a major flood in the area and we’re told that headway was made on the Pulaski County side when it flooded again.

Once all the work is done, the entire campsite will be completely rebuilt, but now this fire is setting some of that back. US Forest Service officials say at this time all access, including foot travel to the area, is off-limits to limit exposure.

The US Forest Service says they still hope to reopen the Laurel County side sometime this summer.

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