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About Cave Run Lake

Cave Run Lake is nestled among the rolling hills of northeastern Kentucky. It is located on the Cumberland Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest. This 8,270-acre lake provides flood protection and a clean water supply to area communities. Tourists enjoy the lake for its scenery and excellent recreation opportunities. 

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Cave Run Lake Area Map

Boating, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting and wildlife viewing are some of the activities enjoyed by visitors.

Recreation Areas

Campgrounds:  The Twin Knobs and Zilpo campgrounds provide nearly 400 campsites, some with RV hook-ups. The campgrounds also have swimming beaches and group-use picnic areas.

Boat ramps: Cave Run Lake has 12 ramps for boat launching. A fee pass is required to use Alfrey, Claylick, Poppin Rock, Long Bow, Scott Creek and Warixboat ramps. Passes may be purchased at local vendors or at the Cumberland Ranger District office.

Picnic areas: The Billy Branch and Boat Gunnel picnic areas are popular locations near Cave Run Lake. 

Trails: Several trails are developed in the Cave Run Lake area. These trails wind through the forest, providing scenic views and glimpses of wildlife. 

View information about Cave Run Lake Nonmotorized Trailsfor horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking around Cave Run Lake.

Some of the most popular recreation areas around Cave Run Lake include:
Twin Knobs Recreation Area
Zilpo Recreation Area

For camping reservations call NATIONAL RECREATION RESERVATION SERVICE: 877-444-6777 or 877-833-6777 for hearing impaired.

White Sulphur Horse Camp
Clear Creek Recreation Area
Clay Lick Boat-in Campground

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Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Cave Run Lake is located in Kentucky
38.0602 N
-83.48 W
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The lake is 60 miles east of Lexington, Kentucky. Exits 123, 133, and 137 off Interstate 64 provide the primary access routes.  
2 Reviews of Cave Run Lake
Wonderful place to camp!! Clean , lake is majestic!!

Make reservations!! Great place for riding bike , hiking , walks. swimming, fishing. Staff are friendly, campground is clean. We love going there. Double sites have plenty of room.

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Awesome Lake

Very clean and fun lake, close to campgrounds, boat rentals, marina, and hiking close.