Camping in Kentucky

“The Bluegrass State” ranges from the Appalachian Mountains to the Interior Low Plateaus and Mississippi Alluvial Plain. Campers have 2.3+ million acres of parkland to explore, including 35 state parks and one national park. Do some hiking, go fishing, or try caving at Mammoth Cave National Park (the world’s longest cave system). Afterward, you can eat barbecue, imbibe at bourbon distilleries, and listen to local bluegrass.

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Barren River Lake

Barren River Lake is a 10,100 acres (41 km2), reservoir in Kentucky created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1964 by impounding the Barren River. The lake occupies parts of Allen, Barren, and Monroe counties. The Barren River Lake Dam is an earthen dam, 146 feet (45 m) high and 3,970 feet (1,210 m) long at its crest. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for operation and maint...

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park is a national park in south-central Kentucky, US. It encompasses portions of Mammoth Cave, the longest known cave system in the world. The park's 52,830 acres (21,380 ha) are located primarily in Edmonson County, with small areas extending eastward into Hart and Barren counties. The Green River runs through the park, with a tributary called the Nolin River feeding int...

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Kentucky Horse Park

Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm, international equestrian competition venue, and an educational theme park opened in 1978 in Lexington, Kentucky. It is located off Kentucky State Highway 1973 (Iron Works Pike) and Interstate 75, at Exit 120, in northern Fayette County in the United States. The equestrian facility is a 1,224-acre (495 ha) park dedicated to "man's relationship with th...

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Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is a Kentucky state park located in Powell and Wolfe Counties along the Middle Fork of the Red River, adjacent to the Red River Gorge Geologic Area and surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest. Its namesake natural bridge is the centerpiece of the park. The natural sandstone arch spans 78 ft (24 m) and is 65 ft (20 m) high. The natural process of weatheri...

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George Washington Jefferson National Forest

Roanoke ( ROH-ə-nohk) is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. It is located in Southwest Virginia along the Roanoke River, in the Blue Ridge range of the greater Appalachian Mountains. Roanoke is approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of the Virginia–North Carolina border and 250 miles (400 km) southwest of Washington, D.C., along Interstate 81. At the 2020 ce...

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Lake Cumberland

Somerset is a home rule-class city in Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States. The city population was 11,924 according to the 2020 census. It is the seat of Pulaski County.

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Nolin River Lake

Nolin River Lake is a reservoir in Edmonson, Grayson, and Hart counties in Kentucky. It was impounded from the Nolin River by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1963. The Nolin River dam was authorized in 1938 as part of a flood control act. The lake varies from 2,890 acres (11.7 km2) in the winter to 5,795 acres (23.45 km2) in the summer. Nearby attractions include Mammoth Cave Natio...

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Green River Lake

Green River Lake is a 8,210-acre (33 km2) reservoir in Adair, Taylor, and Casey counties in Kentucky lying in the section of Kentucky known as the Highland Rim. The lake was developed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1969 by impounding the Green River. The dam is an 11 miles (18 km) drive equidistant from the cities of Campbellsville and Columbia. The lake is located 90 miles sou...

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