Kentucky State Parks

Kentucky's state parks attract campers who want the best of the great outdoors in a variety of settings. Campers have their choice of camping in the mountains, on the lakes, or in the deep forest. Here is a listing of the top Kentucky State Parks that campers claim are their favorites:

Carter Caves State Resort Park - This park is located in the northeastern region of the state. Any campers who love exploring underground must have this on their list of must-do camping spots. This park has 20 caves that meander beneath the park's forested hills. In addition to cave exploring, campers can take hikes, mountain bike, ride on horses, go on canoe adventures, fish, and even experience an underground waterfall.

Dale Hollow Lake State Park - Campers love this Kentucky state park because it takes them out of the everyday world and puts them in the great outdoors. This park has thousands of acres of forest that surrounds the campgrounds. There are over 15 miles of trails to occupy your time, or campers can experience some of the best fishing in their lives at Dale Hollow Lake-where both traditional and spear fishing is done. Water skiing is also a favorite sport on this lake.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park - As you might suspect, this park acquired its name after the Pennyroyal plant that grows in this region. Anyone who is looking for a forest adventure should book a stay at Pennyrile Forest. It's the perfect hideaway for families, or couples who want to get away from it all, experience nature up close and personal, and relax.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park - This Kentucky state park is the state's very first park. It features the best mountain scenery in the area. This park is a big attraction to campers because of its convenient location to Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. Another big draw to this park for campers is that the 3,000 acre Blanton Forest is in close proximity to the state park.

Additional campgrounds are available in the following Kentucky State Parks: Barren River, Big Bone Lick, Blue Licks Battlefield, Carr Creek, Columbus-Belmont, Cumberland Falls, Fort Boonesborough, General Burnside, General Butler, Grayson Lake, Green River Lake, Greenbo Lake, Jenny Wiley, John James Audubon, Kenlake, Kentucky Dam Village, Kincaid Lake, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, Lake Malone, Natural Bridge, Nolin Lake, Paintsville Lake, Rough River, Taylorsville Lake, and Yatesville Lake.