Kentucky camping enthusiasts are fortunate to have access to many really well equipped campgrounds, most of which are situated in beautiful river or lake-side locations. The vast majority of the popular campgrounds are dotted around Kentucky’s many State Parks and most of them offer serviced campsites with full or partial hook-up for RV’s and trailers as well as primitive tent sites for those wanting a more rustic adventure. On-site activities range from caving to horse-back riding and almost all offer hiking trails. If you are traveling with children you can choose resort-style campgrounds which offer many extra activities including tennis, golf, volleyball, basketball and outdoor swimming pools.

1. Axtel Campground, Rough River Lake

Axtel Campground, Rough River Lake
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Scenically nestled along the shoreline of the Rough River Lake in south-central Kentucky, the Axtel Campground offers a home-from-home for all outdoor enthusiasts. The large campground boasts 158 camp sites, all of which benefit from sweeping views of the lake. Many of the sites have electrical hook-up and some of them offer full hook-up. The campground has many attractive facilities including showers, flushing toilets, a swimming area, boating marina and a fish-cleaning facility. You can enjoy several on-site activities like boating, swimming and fishing and there is a short trail for hiking and bird-watching. Near-by attractions include the Mammoth Cave National Park where you can explore the largest cave system in the world.

Axtel Campground, McDaniels, KY 40152, Phone: 270-257-2584

2. Baileys Point

Baileys Point

Home to 215 scenically located campsites, Baileys Point is the largest and roomiest campground on the shores of Barren River Lake. Nature lovers come from near and far to enjoy the park’s excellent facilities which include serviced RV sites with great views, a boat ramp, general store, dump station and laundry facilities. Activities like basketball, volleyball and horseshoes will keep all members of the family busy when they are not out on the lake enjoying boating, swimming and fishing. In addition, the campground offers easy access to several interesting day-trip destinations including the Mammoth Cave National Park and the National Corvette Museum.

Baileys Point, Bailey Point Rd, Scottsville, KY 42164, Phone: 270-622-6959

3. Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
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For a camping excursion with an educational slant you will find the Big Bone Lick State Historic Site campground hard to beat. The Visitor’s Center at the historic site offers excellent exhibits to excite young minds with stories of long-gone ice-age mammals, geology and history. To enjoy all there is to see you can bring along your tent or RV and spend a few nights in the campground which boasts serviced campsites, a swimming pool, playgrounds, showers and laundry facilities. Besides viewing the resident herd of bison, visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, hiking, swimming and mini-golf. The campground is open from March to the end of October each year.

Big Bone Lick State Historical Site, 3380 Beaver Rd, Union, KY 41091, Phone: 859-384-3522

4. Camp on the Kentucky

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If you are looking for a small and intimate campground where you can spend some time communing with nature, you need look no further than the privately-owned Camp on the Kentucky Campground. The campground is scenically located along the shores of the Kentucky River in Woodford County, where you will find 18 fully serviced campsites as well as 15 primitive campsites for those who want to experience the essence of back-to-nature camping. Each of the sites has a fire pit and picnic table and there is an on-site boat ramp and general store. Although most visitors come to relax and unwind, the campground offers easy access to various near-by attractions.

Camp on the Kentucky, 5486 Cummings Ferry Rd, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-879-6402

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5. Carr Creek State Park

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Perfectly positioned for a peaceful riverside vacation, the Carr Creek State Park offers campers 39 serviced and shady campsites, all of which have easy access to the water. The campground is open from April to November and is especially popular with bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts who come to enjoy sightings of many species of wildlife. Water activities include boating, fishing and swimming. There is a long sandy beach along the shores of the lake and other family activities include horseshoes, canoeing, biking and hiking. On-site facilities include restrooms and showers, laundry facilities and a playground for the younger visitors.

Carr Creek State Park, 2086 Smithboro Rd, Hwy 15, Sassafras, KY 41759, Phone: 606-642-4050

6. Carter Caves State Resort Park

Carter Caves State Resort Park
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The Carter Caves State Resort Park offers a host of activities for adventure seekers of all ages. To enjoy all the activities on offer you can bring along your RV or tent and spend a few nights in the attractive campground which offers serviced campsites and good facilities. In addition to exploring the fascinating underground world of caverns, chambers and waterfalls you can also enjoy a large variety of outdoor activities including walking, hiking or biking along more than 20 miles of multi-use trails. If you have your own horse you are welcome to book one of the equestrian campsites. Water activities include swimming, canoeing, boating and fishing and there is a 9-hole golf course that the whole family can enjoy.

Carter Caves State Resort Park, 344 Caveland Dr, Olive Hill, Kentucky 41164, Phone: 606-286-4411

7. Columbus Belmont State Park

Columbus Belmont State Park
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Beautifully located amidst mature trees alongside the Mississippi river cliff, the Columbus Belmont State Park campground offers 38 serviced campsites where you can relax and enjoy a laid-back family vacation. If you don’t have an RV of your own you can try one out by renting an on-site 6-sleeper trailer. Park activities include boating, hiking, bird watching and visiting the historic sites which played a role in the Civil War. You can also visit the on-site museum and children will enjoy the playground and the mini-golf course. Within 10 miles of the park you will find a golf course and restaurants.

Columbus Belmont State Park, 350 Park Rd, Columbus, KY 42032, Phone: 270-677-2327

8. Cumberland Falls State Park

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The Cumberland Falls State Park is home to the beautiful Cumberland Falls, the largest waterfall south of Niagara. You can park your RV or pitch your tent at one of the campground’s 49 campsites and spend a few relaxing days enjoying the activities on offer. The park is a brilliant destination for both water sport and hiking enthusiasts, and you can explore more than 17 miles of scenic hiking trails. Water sport enthusiasts can take their pick of fun activities including guided canoeing excursions, white-water rafting (seasonal), river tubing, swimming and fishing. Back on dry land you can play tennis, horseshoes or shuffleboard or spend some time enjoying ranger-led activities.

Cumberland Falls State Park, 7351 Hwy 90, Corbin, KY 40701, Phone: 606-528-4121

9. Daniel Boone National Forest

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The beautiful Daniel Boone National Forest covers over 708,000 acres and offers every kind of activity an ardent nature lover could ask for. Here you can relax and unwind in one of several campgrounds, all of which offer easy access to all the activities on offer in this enormous rugged forest. You could also try your hand at primitive camping in the heart of the wilderness. The forest surrounds several lakes where you can enjoy water activities including boating, swimming, scuba, tubing and water skiing. Landlubbers can spend their time hiking, biking, rock-climbing and wildlife watching. There are also several horse camps for visiting equestrians and miles and miles of equestrian trails to enjoy.

Daniel Boone National Forest, 1700 Bypass Rd, London, KY 40744, Phone: 859-745-3100

10. Elkhorn Campground

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Family owned and operated, the Elkhorn Campground near Frankfort offers visitors a warm welcome and a selection of serviced, paved campsites. This is an ideal campground to visit with the family, who can enjoy having fun in the pool, playing mini-golf or just fooling around in the large playground. In addition, you can try your hand at volleyball, basketball or horseshoes. There is a general store on site for necessities (and hand-dipped ice-cream), a bathhouse, pool and a dumpsite. The campground is suitable for larger RV’s, offering several pull-through campsites. Although you will feel as if you are in the heart of the countryside, all the attractions of the city are just two miles from the campground.

Elkhorn Campground, 165 North Scruggs Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601, Phone: 502-695-9154

11. Falls Creek Cabins and Campground

Falls Creek Cabins and Campground
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Forming part of the Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort, the Falls Creek Campground offers easy access to a wide range of nature and adventure activities. The RV campground is ideal for both pull-through and back-in RV’s and most offer electric, water and sewer connections. Each of the attractive campsites offer graveled and grassed front yards for relaxed picnicking and outdoor relaxation. The campground is particularly popular with families who have older children who can join in the fun of white-water rafting, zip-lining, wagon rides and canoe excursions. Hikers are just a short drive from the amazing hiking trails of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Falls Creeks Cabins and Campground, 1943 Hwy 90, Corbin, KY 10701, Phone: 800-541-7238

12. Green River Lake State Park

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The Green River Lake State Park campground near Campbellsville is hard to beat as a pleasant family camping destination. The attractive campground has 167 serviced RV sites, many of which are located alongside the lake and offer wonderful views. If you really want to get back to nature you can pitch your tent in one of the 60 campsites reserved for primitive camping. The park offers wonderful recreational activities for the whole family including hiking trails, a swimming beach, a marina with boat slips and boat rentals and good fishing for bass, crappie and muskie. You can also enjoy jet-ski rentals, water skiing and pontoon boats.

Green River Lake State Park, 179 Park Office Rd, Campbellsville, KY 42718, Phone: 270-465-8255

13. Holly Bay Campground

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Holly Bay Campground is scenically located along the western shore of Laurel River Lake in the London Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Here you can set up camp at one of 94 wooded sites, some of which can be reserved in advance. The drive-in campsites offer both electric and water hook-up, while the walk-in tent sites only offer water. At the Holly Bay Marina you can buy camping and fishing supplies, rent a boat or get a fishing license. There are several near-by trails for hikers including the Holly Bay Trail and the Wintergreen trail. There is a near-by swimming beach as well as a fish-cleaning facility.

395 Laurel Lake Road, London, KY 40744, Phone: 606-864-4163

14. Kentucky Horse Park Campground

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If you love horses or have a budding equestrian in the family you will certainly enjoy a camping vacation at the Kentucky Horse Park campground. Here you will find 260 spacious 55’ campsites where you can park your RV (or primitive campsites suitable for tents for visitors who prefer a more rustic camping environment). The campground offers easy access to all the fabulous equestrian attractions at the park including the two equestrian museums. Fun outdoor activities for the entire family include swimming in the large outdoor pool, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts and the 12-mile Legacy Trail for hiking and biking. There is an on-site grocery store, modern bath houses and much more. More weekend getaways in Kentucky

Kentucky Horse Park Campground, 4089 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, KY 40511, Phone: 859-233-4303

15. Kentucky River Campground

Kentucky River Campground
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At the Kentucky River Campground you can park your RV or pitch your tent amidst beautiful mature trees along the banks of the beautiful Kentucky River. To make your vacation more comfortable, all the campsites offer full sewer, electric and water hook-up and a handy on-site camp store. If you don’t have your own RV you can get a taste of RV vacationing by booking the rental trailer on site. The campground offers a good variety of outdoor activities including fishing, kayaking, boating and swimming and there is an indoor pavilion with big screen TV for the odd rainy day. Modern air-conditioned restrooms and a 24-hour laundry complete the picture.

Kentucky River Campground, 1489 Steele Branch Rd, Frankfort, KY 40601, Phone: 502-227-2465

16. Koomer Ridge Campground

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The Koomer Ridge Campground is located in the Cumberland Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest, where it offers semi-primitive campsites for visitors looking for an ideal back-to-nature escape. Here you can pitch your tent in a beautiful forest setting close to several hiking trails in the Red River Gorge. There are onsite flush toilets and showers (in summer) and drinking water is also available. This is a popular campsite which operates on a first-come, first-served basis and you should plan to arrive early during the most popular periods in summer. If you visit between March and October you can attend regular Saturday programs in the amphitheater.

Koomer Ridge Campground, Pine Ridge, KY 41360, Phone: 606-663-8100

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17. My Old Kentucky Home State Park Campground

My Old Kentucky Home State Park Campground
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Set within the green and leafy grounds of the My Old Kentucky Home State Park you will find a delightful campground suitable for both RV and tent campers. There are 39 RV campsites as well as a choice of sites where you can pitch your tent for a primitive camping experience. The campground is popular with history enthusiasts and the estate offers a variety of attractions including the chance to tour the historic old mansion, attend a cookery class or attend a musical. You can also spend some time exploring the beautiful gardens or just relaxing in the very attractive and peaceful campground.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park Campground, 668 Loretto Rd, Bardstown, KY, Phone: 502-331-9054

18. Natural Bridge State Resort Park Campground

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Located in the beautiful Red River Gorge, the Natural Bridge State Resort Park Campground offers nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts a well-equipped home-from-home vacation destination. The campsites are scattered beneath enormous shady trees and the campground offers everything you need for a comfortable visit including 52 pull-through or back-in RV sites with electric hook-up, cable service, laundry, dump station and a large outdoor swimming pool. Activities in and around the campground include boating and boating rentals, hiking and guided hikes, fishing, picnicking and bird watching. Regular nature and history programs are presented during the summer and you may even be treated to a live music concert.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park Campground, 2135 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY 40376, Phone: 606-663-2214

19. Nolin Lake State Park

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Located close to the famous Mammoth Cave, the Nolin Lake State Park is an ideal camping destination for the whole family. The campground has a total of 59 campsites including 32 with water and electrical hook-up and 27 primitive sites for tent campers. The lake offers a wide range of recreational activities for families including paddling, boating and fishing and there is a nice sandy beach where younger children can build castles and swim. Children will also enjoy the shaded playground, while adults will enjoy the placid lake views and the relaxed atmosphere of the campground. Three of the RV sites can accommodate visitors who require accessible accommodation.

Nolin Lake State Park, 2998 Brier Creek Rd, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259, Phone: 270-286-4240

20. Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

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Perfectly nestled alongside Pennyrile Lake in Dawson Springs, the campground at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park offers year-round fun for the whole family. The campground offers 42 campsites, 8 of which are larger equestrian sites (which can also be booked by non-equestrian campers). The forest covers over 14,000 acres and offers excellent hiking and horse-back riding trails as well as mountain bike trails. You can also have fun on the lake, where you are welcome to enjoy swimming, boating, paddling and fishing. Sporty visitors can play tennis, volleyball or golf without leaving the park. There is mini-golf and a playground for younger visitors and guided hikes are offered during summer.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, 20781 Pennyrile Lodge Rd, Dawson Springs, KY 42408, Phone: 270-797-3421

21. Rock Cabin Camping

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Visitors looking for a peaceful campground close to Kentucky’s Caves Region need look no further than Rock Cabin Camping, which is one of the nearest campgrounds to Mammoth Cave. The campground is located adjacent to nine historic rental cabins and can accommodate RV’s and tents. You can enjoy full electric and water hook up for your RV and there are restrooms and showers close by. The campground is extremely well positioned for families wanting to explore all the adventure activities in the area including Mammoth Cave, Cave City, Dinosaur World and Diamond Caverns. Other activities in the area include hiking, zip-lining, go-carts and horse-back riding.

Rock Cabin Camping, 5091 Mammoth Cave Rd, Cave City, KY 42127, Phone: 270-772-4740

22. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Mammoth Cave

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Mammoth Cave
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You will be the most popular parents in town when you pack up your tent or RV and take the family to spend some time at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, which is located just a few minutes away from Mammoth Cave. This campground offers exceptional amenities for families including themed activities, two huge jumping pillows, a fun water slide, a splash-pad and two huge swimming pools. Adults can go caving or kayaking and the whole family will enjoy the guided cave tours on offer. The campground offers full and partial hook-ups for RV’s and there are 4 comfort stations with showers and a coin-op laundry.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Mammoth Cave, 950 Mammoth Cave Rd, Cave City, KY 42127, Phone: 270-773-3840

23. Zilpo Campground

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Zilpo Campground is a popular lakeside campground nestled in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Here you will find comfortable and spacious campsites with level graveled pads for your RV, (several of which have full hook-up and lake views) dotted along a peninsula which juts into Cave Run Lake. Each of the campsites has a fire pit and picnic table – ideal for enjoying outdoor mealtimes. Leisure activities at the campground include swimming and sun-bathing on the sandy beach, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. You can also go hiking and birding along the Zilpo Mountain Loop Trail which links up with a network of other trails.

Zilpo Campground, 79-99 Center St, Salt Lick, KY 40371, Phone: 606-768-2701

24. Mammoth Cave National Park Campground

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The Mammoth Cave Campground is located just a quarter of a mile from the Mammoth Cave Visitor’s Center, making this the closest place you can find to pitch a tent or park a RV when visiting the cave. Campers need to be prepared for a proper back-to-basics camping experience at this campground as there are no electrical or water hook-ups. RV’s up to 38’ can be accommodated at some of the campsites – you are advised to phone to check availability. Drinking water, toilets and coin-operated showers are available and each of the campsites has a fire pit. If you visit during the summer you will be able to get ice and basic supplies from the on-site store and use the seasonal laundry facilities.

Mammoth Cave Campground, 1 Mammoth Cave Pkwy, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259, Phone: 270-458-2424

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A fascinating history and the beautiful landscape are a couple of the many reasons to visit the interesting state of Kentucky. Known as the Bluegrass State, each season offers an abundance of activities to enjoy for tourists and locals alike. Make Kentucky a stop during your cross country trip or make it your main destination and travel through all of the incredible attractions it has to offer. The dazzling Appalachian Mountains, for example, stand proud in the East, while the Ohio River in north allures river enthusiasts from all over the country. No matter what you decide, there’s bound to be a memorable moment (or a dozen!) in store for you and your travel companions at this southeastern state.

Cove Springs Park

Spread over 240 acres of land, the Coves Spring Park is a popular weekend destination for locals of Kentucky and neighboring states. With a variety of environments to discover such as wetlands, forested ravines, streams and more, it’s no wonder that thousands of people come to visit regularly. More than just natural attractions, the park is home to historic features like two interpretive shelters that are home to displays detailing the heritage of the park. The park also has a children’s memorial, an archery range and a sky trail to visit, while families who want to spend their whole day at the park are welcome to enjoy the shelter and picnic facilities open for public use.

100 Cove Spring Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601; Phone: 502-223-6965

Elizabethtown Nature Park

Experience some of the best recreational spaces that Elizabethtown has to offer at the Elizabethtown Nature Park. All 104-acres of the park sits on rolling grasslands that were previously used as pasture land. The peaceful Freeman Creek is a main feature of the park, lacing through the land and flowering towards the Freeman Lake, the largest lake in the city. Explore the park on foot and venture into the tunnel that connects the nature park to the north end of the Freeman Lake Park or set off on the walking trail that transitions into the Freeman Lake Park trail system. The Elizabethtown Nature Park is also home to the Hardin County Veterans Tribute, which pays respect to the men and women of the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

1900 Ring Road, Elizabethtown, Kentucky 42701; Phone: 270-769-3916

Laurel River Lake

Situated just west of Corbin, the Laurel River Lake is a 5,600-acre large reservoir that was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers back in 1977. Today, the clear and deep waters of the lake draw visitors from near and far, all of whom are eager to enjoy its vast beauty and tree-lined shore. Dozens of peace coves line the nearly 200-mile long shore and gives guests the perfect spot to relax. For thrill seekers, the lake is also the perfect spot to go boating, skiing and scuba diving as its one of the cleanest lakes in Kentucky. Fishing is another popular past time at the lake with black bass, walleye, crappie, blue gill, rainbow trout and catfish to be caught. Try night fishing for trout and get to know the local community as the activity is a popular past time amongst locals in the summer months. Drive-in, boat-in and ground camping facilities are also available for those who want to spend a night or two under a blanket of magnificent stars.

Daniel Boone National Forest, London, Kentucky 40744; Phone: 606-864-4163

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

How does 170,000 acres of land to play in sound to you? Pick your perfect spot and pitch your tent or bring your RV over for a fun weekend at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Camping enthusiasts can enjoy nature to the fullest at camping grounds like the Hillman Ferry. Meanwhile, guests are also welcome to bring their boats to the Land Between Lakes with several boat ramps situated throughout the recreation area. All boat ramps provide access to the Kentucky and Barkley Lakes which have a combined shoreline of 300 miles to explore and camp at. Other popular camp grounds throughout the area include the Energy Lake, Wranglers and Piney camping grounds with amenities like RV hook-ups, showers and restrooms, canoe or bike rentals and activity areas readily available.

238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond, Kentucky 42211; Phone: 800-525-7077

Daniel Boone National Forest

Established in 1937, the Daniel Boone National Forest is the only national forest that is situated wholly within the borders of Kentucky. It is home to some of the most rugged terrain of the western Appalachian Mountains and features steep forest covered terrain, narrow and exhilarating ravines as well as beautiful sandstone cliffs. The trails are challenging and provide some of the most gorgeous views that a nature lover could ask for. When you’re not hiking or getting to know the terrain, head to the cliffs for rock climbing or visit the ravine for some fishing. Camping grounds are also open to the public while picnic areas provide groups who are visiting for day trips the perfect space to gather at. Don’t forget to stop by one of the lakes in the forest like the Beaver Creed Wilderness and the Red River Gorge.

1700 Bypass Road, London, Kentucky 40744; Phone: 606-864-4163

Fairmount Falls

A unique draw within the Jefferson Memorial Forest, the Fairmount Falls exude peace, serenity and beauty. It is the tallest natural waterfall in Louisville and is nestled within 8 cozy acres of land. Hiking around the area is a popular activity in the area and the falls provide avid photographers and nature lovers with the perfect photo opportunities. For a complete experience of Fairmount Falls, hike in through the Jefferson Memorial Forest and follow the trail to the waterfalls. Once there, enjoy the relaxing sound of the water falling from the top of the falls and snap all the photos you want before heading to the public picnic area and enjoying a re-energizing meal with your companions.

9600 Thixton Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40291; Phone: 502-368-5404

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

Spanning a whopping 125,000 acres of land, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area encompasses the Cumberland Plateau with part of the national park in Tennessee and the rest in Kentucky. The park boasts some of the most awe-inspiring gorges and eye-catching sandstone bluffs alongside beautiful natural and historic features. Adrenaline junkies can test their guts on an exhilarating whitewater paddling excursion or put their muscles to the test at several natural rock climbing facades situated throughout the park. Families traveling to the park for the perfect family outdoor recreation rip can take a horseback ride throughout the park or hike one of the many trails that wind through the park. Truly, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

4564 Leatherwood Road, Oneida, Tennessee; Phone: 423-569-9778

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Bowling Green

You’ll never run out of new things to see and places to visit at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Best known for being the home of America’s sports cars, Bowling Green is where the Corvette was born and the residents certainly know a thing or two about fast cars. Aside from guests with a need for speed, Bowling Green caters to lovers of the outdoors with attractions like the Lost River Cave and the Duncan Hines. The city of Bowling Green is also home to the Corsair Distiller, a stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour and a cutting edge distillery that offers tons of knowledge and insight to bourbon enthusiasts. Gather the family, your friends or head to Bowling Green, a classic American destination, for some fun in Kentucky’s third largest city.


Situated between Louisville and Lexington, Frankfort, Kentucky’s capital city, sits along the banks of the Kentucky River beckoning guests from near and far. A true river city, visitors can immerse themselves in the culture and tradition of Frankfort through historical sites like the Berry Hill Mansion, the Kentucky Historical Society and the State Capitol. To enjoy everything that the Kentucky River has to offer, head to the Benson Creek Marina or take a tour at the River View Park or the Capital View Park. Overall, Frankfort offers the best that the wine, bourbon and horse country has to offer, so no matter what you’re interest you’re bound to have a good time at Kentucky’s capital.


Immerse yourself in Bluegrass tradition and heritage at Owensboro in Daviess County, Kentucky! Home to the International Bluegrass Music Museum, enthusiasts of the genre can learn of its history and conservation efforts that are taking place till this day. There’s more reasons to visit Owensboro than just its Bluegrass charm, however. From its location on a scenic bend of the Ohio River, to world famous festivals and barbecue competitions, there is a wealth of culinary and cultural assets to visit and see. The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, for example, is a top cultural destination in Kentucky and is the state’s second largest museum. Named the top sportstown in Kentucky by Sports Illustrated, a trip to Owensboro is also the perfect excursion for lovers of sports and recreation.


If there’s one thing Paducah has in spades, it’s a creative community. People from around the globe flock to Paducah to be immersed in the city’s distinct, creative culture for inspiration and guidance. Paducah has become so well known for its art scene and rich heritage that it’s been designated a UNESCO Creative City. For the most immersive experience, visit Lower Town where historic homes and art galleries are plentiful and welcoming. Paducah is also rich in historic sites with dozens of memorials and monuments standing throughout the area paying homage to veterans or moments in local history. The downtown area in itself is full of history with old shops and neighborhood joints that are bona fide tourist attractions in their own right.


Known locally as Etown, Elizabethtown is known for being the birthplace of President Lincoln and bourbon amongst other things. With a central location between 12 major cities and just 40 minutes away from the Louisville International Airport, Elizabethtown is home to a vibrant community with a charming small town vibe. Military fans or enthusiasts will certainly enjoy a trip to Elizabethtown thanks to its many historic military assets like Fort Duffield, Cemetery Hill, The Cannonball. It’s also just a few miles from the famous Fort Knox in Hardin County, which is home to over 40,000 soldiers, their families and employed civilians. If outdoor activities are more your cup of tea, Elizabethtown has several greenspace trails, area parks and outdoor activities available to visitors and locals alike such as the Buffalo Lake Trail, the Billy Creek Trail, Cave Springs and Fisherman’s Park.


Standing for justice, education and industry, the city of Richmond is filled with fun and recreation for visitors of all ages and interests. Whether you’re eager to cool off with a relaxing dip in the pool or try your hand at 18 holes in the nearby golf course, Richmond has got you covered. Sports enthusiasts can visit the Adventure Falls Miniature Golf and Batting Cages or take part in events held by the Athletic Leagues. Golf enthusiasts can take on all 18 holes at the Gibson Bay Golf Course with their buddies or challenge their personal best on a solo trip. For recreational activities like hiking, trail biking, or picnics, area parks like the Camp Catalpa Park or the Betty Miller Park are at your service.


No, you’re not in England, but don’t write off London, Kentucky just yet. A small home rule-class city in Laurel County, London boasts among the best of southeast Kentucky’s nature and recreation sites. Known as a “Trail Town”, London has gone above and beyond when it comes to ensuring that thrill seeking visitors get the best experiences possible at venues like the Rockcastle River, the National Forest, the London Wellness Park and the Levi Jackson State Park. Other must-visit destinations in London include the Daniel Boone National Forest, the Laurel River Lake, Mike’s Hike and Bike, and the Sheltowee Trace Outfitters. Hike and bike to your hearts content, test your mettle at London’s most exhilarating water adventures, camp out under the starts or get your heart pumping on the back of an ATV. No matter what, you’re bound to make memories that will last you a lifetime.


Just 12 miles south of Cincinnati, Florence is a quaint town located in northern Kentucky and is part of what is known as the River Region. Bursting with spectacular scenery and historic sites, the beauty of Florence and the surrounding regions will stick with you and beckon you back for more. Being so close to Cincinnati, visitors can rest assured that their visit to Florence will be filled with metropolitan features and activities while still staying true to the town’s identity as a rural destination. Golf is a local favorite past time in addition to recreational activities like hiking and biking at the Florence Nature Park. Florence is also a great town for sports lovers with the Boonelink Golf Course, the Florence Family Aquatic Center and more open to visitors. Fans of minor league baseball can head to the home field of Florence Freedom for an even more in depth experience of Florence’s rural charm.


A small town with a huge personality, Pikeville has been recognized as one of the 100 best small towns of the country twice in a row. True to the state’s Equine heritage, Pikeville is home to Dreamz Stables, one of the newest destinations for horse lovers in the state. Another popular equine destination is the Bob Amos Park where visitors can explore two trail systems on horseback. Meanwhile, the Big Sandy River and Pikeville Pond are some of the best spots in town to enjoy water based activities like canoeing, kayaking and tube rentals. For those interested in learning more about the heritage of Pikeville, a trip to the Big Sandy Heritage Center, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is certainly in order.

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Sitting peacefully at the banks of the Ohio River, Henderson is a historic and picturesque town in western Kentucky with tons of activities for all kinds of visitors to enjoy. One of the top draws in Henderson is the 3-mile Riverwalk, which is representative of the value of public investment. Apart from showcasing the commitment of the community to their hometown, the Riverwalk offers some of the best views of the Ohio River and is an exceptional location for your children to roam free and play. Stop by the John James Audubon Museum for an educational experience that features wildlife viewing, hiking and fishing among other activities. It’s also home to one of the most expensive books in the world, “Birds of America”.


Blending a progressive attitude and a deep devotion to history and tradition, Winchester brings a unique flavor to every vacation. The town was founded back in 1793, in a region of Kentucky that was known back then as the Western Frontier, and is the cornerstone of Clark County. A beautiful landscape surrounds Winchester, as they are nestled in the crook the Eastern Appalachians and the lovely Bluegrass. The town is rightfully known for their forward glance and dedication to a prosperous future with a vibrant downtown area filled with growing businesses and matured industries. When you’re not exploring what the center of town has to offer, head to the outer areas to rest and admire the stunning rolling landscapes or to trek through thriving grasslands and hills that Kentucky has become so well known for.

Mammoth Cave National Park

Gloomy and yet peculiarly grand, the Mammoth Cave National Park is the longest known cave system in the world with over 400 miles ready to be explored. The Mammoth Cave National Park as a whole covers the entire cave system, a portion of the Green River valley and south central Kentucky’s hill country. Unsurprisingly, Mammoth Cave is the main draw of the park with thousands of guests being guided through the cave’s complex system of labyrinths and humongous chambers daily. Once you’ve completed your journey through Mammoth Cave, head to the Green or Nolin River for some water sports or to fish for your picnic lunch. Guests are also welcome to spend the night under the stars with several camping sites in the park being open to the public.

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky 42259-0007; Phone: 270-758-2180

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

If you’re looking for the perfect place to visit for total immersion in nature, head to the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park to experience the beauty and serenity that the solitude of the southern mountains has to offer. Trace the steps that the country’s early pioneers, soldiers and settlers alike, took through the mountains or find a place to sit and simply enjoy the sights and sounds of the park’s wildlife. Some of the best and most introspective moments can be spent relaxing by the immaculate mountain streams, which snake their way throughout the area, while the breathtaking landscapes offer avid hikers and trekkers a tough ascent. With the park spanning over 24,000 acres of gorgeous land, the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park charms guests from around the world with 85 miles of moderate to difficult trails, great camping and other enjoyable recreational activities.

91 Bartlett Park Road, Middlesboro, Kentucky 40965; Phone: 606-428-2817

Diamond Caverns

First discovered in 1859, the Diamond Caverns is arguably the most beautiful cave in the whole state of Kentucky. Today, guests are invited to come and rediscover its beauty through guided tours. The natural beauty of the cave is highlighted by state-of-the-art lighting that has been strategically placed throughout each cavern. See complex drapery deposits along the halls or admire the way the deposits cascade in naturally colorful calcites. Huge cathedral-sized chambers can also be explored at the Diamond Caverns and quickly inspire awe to all those who visit. When you’re done exploring the Diamond Caverns, you can even head to the adjacent cave in the Mammoth Cave National Park for further exploration.

1900 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Park City, Kentucky 42160; Phone: 270-749-2233

Red River Gorge

There’s a reason that the Red River Gorge attracts thousands upon thousands of visitors every year. From incredible, eye-catching rock formations to magnificent sandstone arches, the Red River Gorge offers avid explorers the chance to get up close and personal with the best that nature has to offer. Hike around the gorge to see towering cliffs or seek out the unique features of the gorge for an exciting. Other recreational activities like canoeing, bird watching, and camping and encouraged. Need more convincing? The Red River Gorge’s grandness is exemplified by other distinctive titles. It is, for example, a designated Geological Area, a National Archaeological District, a National Natural Landmark and its even on the National Register for Historic Places.

Daniel Boone National Forest, Winchester, Kentucky 40391; Phone: 859-745-3100

Bob Noble Park

As the premier park in Paducah, the Bob Noble Park offers visitors a variety of activities, all easily enjoyed within the park’s 135 acres of green space. Its popularity is evident in the many activities that it hosts such as 5-kilometer races and fundraising walks among others. Apart from exploring the park on foot, guests can roam around the 5-acre lake or head to the bridge or gazebo to try their hand at fishing. There is also a swimming pool available to families visiting with children as well as areas for sports such as a volleyball court, a skate park, basketball and tennis courts, and more. Children can also make use of the Boundless certified playground or head to the Arts and Crafts Building to develop their creative skills. Don’t forget to explore the Greenway Trail, which links to the Stuart Nelson Park.

2801 Park Avenue, Paducah, Kentucky; 270-444-8508


Many visitors to Louisville will be the first to tell you that there’s something unexplainably special about Kentucky’s largest city. Sitting along the Indiana border, by the banks of the Ohio River, Louisville is home to some of the friendliest people in the country. With such a welcoming community, the big city exudes a small town feel while showcasing incredible art, food, culture and, the pièce de résistance, unbelievable bourbon. Seasoned travelers and repeat visitors to Louisville love to come during the autumn months to bask in the glorious fall foliage and to take part in the lavish Halloween celebrations that last the whole month of October. No matter what time of the year, however, there are one-of-a-kind places to visit such as Old Louisville, Museum Row, the world famous Kentucky Derby and several gorgeous parks.


When in the southeast, Lexington probably won’t be the first city that comes to mind for an exciting weekend getaway and wrongfully so. A hidden gem of Kentucky, Lexington is the horse capital of the world with over 400 horse farms and the first city in the country to play host to the World Equestrian Games. Some of the most popular attractions have to do with Lexington’s horse culture, with visitors loving the Kentucky Horse Park and the Keeneland Race Course, the top thoroughbred racetrack in the United States. Outdoorsy travelers can visit one of the city’s 131 parks to enjoy a family picnic or outdoor sports while connoisseurs of alcoholic beverages can visit the many wineries and whiskey houses for tours and fantastic samples.