From rock-ledged, old growth forests to an amazing collection of underground caverns, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has attractions to build your RV camping season around. Why not use our list of six Kentucky RV campgrounds worth discovering to start planning this year’s adventures?
- Zilpo Campground, Cave Run Lake
On an eight-thousand-acre lake surrounded by Daniel Boone National Forest in northeastern Kentucky, this campground ranks high with family campers. Hiking trails through rocky forest land and trips to historic sites like a nineteenth century iron smelting furnace and the last fire tower remaining in the national forest keep things interesting. It’s also an excellent place to fish, with two modern marinas and lively populations of muskie and largemouth bass.
Campground Details: electric hookups, centrally located drinking water and dump station, showers and flush toilets, swimming beach, camp store.
- Pleasant Ridge Campground, Yatesville Lake State Park
This classic Kentucky state park combines golfing, fishing, boating and RV camping in the lush scenery of the Eastern Kentucky foothills. Pleasant Ridge Campground is small enough to offer an intimate camping experience while still offering easy access to the marina, hiking trails and golf course.
Campground Details: lakeside campsites, full hook-ups, showers, laundry room, playground, dump station.
- The Narrows Campground, Barren River Lake
About two hours south of Louisville near Bowling Green, ten-thousand-acre Barren River Lake is well worth discovering by RV. The Narrows Campground is perfect for RVers bringing the boat along, thanks to its proximity to one of the lake’s marinas. Anglers will want to explore the many creeks feeding into this lake for the chance to catch bass, crappie and channel cats. The campground is also adjacent to Lindsey Nature Trail, so plan time to go wildlife watching in the woods.
Campground Details: water and electric sites, boat launch, dump station, showers and restrooms, playground, swimming area.
- Dog Creek Campground, Nolin River Lake
Right next door to Mammoth Cave National Park in southcentral Kentucky, Nolin River Lake is a favored destination for paddlers and fishermen. Set up camp at Dog Creek Campground, a comfortable spot well-situated for putting a canoe or kayak in the water. You’ll also find boat launches nearby if you’re going out in a larger boat in search of walleye or crappie. The Green River ferry into the national park is close by, so don’t miss the chance to do a little cave exploring while you’re camped here.
Campground Details: electric hookups, drinking water available, showers & restrooms, dump station, pull-thru sites, playground, swimming beach, boat ramp.
- Kincaid Lake State Park Campground
Looking for a place where you can rent a boat and troll your way around a small lake with the kids? Kincaid Lake State Park in northeastern Kentucky offers camping families a wooded campground, small no-wake fishing lake, mini-golf, a 9-hole golf course and access to hiking trails. The full-service marina makes it easy to buy fishing supplies, rent small watercraft and get out on the water as soon as you get there.
Campground Details: electric & water sites, dump station, showers and restrooms, playground, camp store, marina.
- Carter Caves State Resort Park Campground
There’s no more fascinating way to keep cool in the heat of summer than with a subterranean tour of one of Kentucky’s many caves. Carter Caves State Resort Park’s campground allows you to camp in comfort near the entrances to two of this cavern-rich area’s most famous caves. Take the cave tours and explore the rugged beauty of the area on the park’s many trails. The kids will enjoy the campground’s pool and planned activities throughout the summer.
Campground Details: water & electric pull-thru sites, dump station, bathhouse, playground, mini golf, swimming pool.
We hope this list gets your Kentucky RV camping vacation off to a good start. As always, we’re here to help, with a Louisville RV rental closest to these campgrounds!
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