If you drive all the way to the back of this campground, there’s a little bluff overlooking the lake where you can camp. We were disappointed that those spots were all taken. We were also disappointed with how close together the rest of the open sites were! The few that were hidden and private were taken. We chose the first site in the woods as you enter the campground. Couldn’t see much of the lake from the site but we loved being tucked in the woods. The only noise we heard from other people was when people drove past hauling boats. The bathroom was very clean. We will probably go back during a time of year that is not so busy so we can get a site we like better!
Well kept campground offering a more basic camping experience as compared to the larger campgrounds at LBL. Gravel pads with concrete picnic tables and fire rings. Be mindful when picking a site that some of the fire rings are damaged, some are the older short (12" tall tops) style and still others are brand new and have the adjustable cooking grate.
The actual gravel pads that we saw were for the most part in good shape. One or two sites suffered a bit from heavy wash running across them and rutting or washing gravel off the pads.
About half the sites are on the left hand side when you drive in and you can pick from sites tucked back in the woods a bit or sites nearer the water. Farther into the campground the road passes the vault toilet and boat ramp and goes uphill to higher up sites still. Sites in the woods with a longer walk to the lake but potentially better views and breezes.
We found that campers here did not limit themselves to staying on the defined tent pads. They would park on the pads and set up tents around the true camp site. Not a super big deal but it made getting down to the water a little awkward because you had to walk a little too close to someone else's tent for my liking.
The Forest Service could stand to go in and add some of the timber framing or bigger rip-rap bordering around the sites and maybe a splash of the smaller sized gravel to help level out the pads. You do need watch to make sure you get a level site.
If there are say 30 sites here, only about 15 were occupied over Labor Day weekend. Way less than what we expected for a holiday but it was exactly what we were hoping for, avoid the crowds at the larger, more amenity-filled campgrounds.
Last thing regarding the lake. The back end of Redd Hollow is shallow. Nice place to wade for kids. However, when they start pulling the lake down what were water access sites become gravel and mud bar access sites. In the dead middle of the summer the back end of the cove is probably full of water. Early spring and late summer early fall it is not. I suspect you can use the boat ramp year round though.
Redd Hollow Campground is one of many dispersed campgrounds in Land Between The Lakes(LBL), Ky.
30$ annually and you can set up camp almost anywhere in LBL. There are basic campgrounds and you can backpack in to primitive sites.
Redd Hollow has site posts, cement picnic tables fire rings and a pit toilet. There are several sites water level where you can put in to the lake and there are some very picturesque sites that overlook the lake. First come first get. It was a relatively peaceful area sans the generators;)
Things to do:
There is a North/South trail that runs the length of LBL. There are several access points where you can hike sections of the trail.
We visited the Elk and Bison Prairie near Golden Pond Visitors Center. A drive through observation area. The visitor center also offers planetarium shows and nature programs.
Nearby: Off Rt 68/80 , 15 miles away is Cadiz, Ky. An opportunity to be a tourist in small town Kentucky. Farmers Market and antiques, plus a yearly ham festival. Try out “Ferrell’s Snappy Services”, a hamburger restaurant that’s been around since 1929.
Had a great 3 day 2 night stay here. All you need to camp here is a camping permit from Land Between the Lakes which is 30 dollars online. If you have a Kentucky resident sportsmans licence this permit is included in that! Each site has a 2 foot across firepit with a grill plate that is hinged so you can flip it on or off the fire. Some of the sites are about 10 to 15 yards from the water while others are a good ways from it. There is no electricity at any of the sites however there is a central dumpster for trash and a composting toilet as well as a boat ramp. The sites are gravel pads with a fire pit and a concrete picnic table. Easily fit my 3 person tent with a 9 x 12ft tarp as a foot print and two vehicles with still room to walk around easily in the site.
Redd Hollow Campground is off Rt453 in Land Between The Lakes. Depending on which way you are coming from there is access from Dover, Tn (south)and Grand Rivers, Ky (north). Or right in the middle Rt 68 which drops you in near Golden Pond visitors center where you will need to get a Basic Camping pass $30 annually if you want to camp at these primitive areas in LBL.
Bring your bug spray, bug candles, bug everything. Of course if your primitive camping its to be expected.
Well maintained gravel roads to sites, make sure you check in at the visitor center for info. There is a pit toilet in the camping area, picnic tables and fire rings. A dumpster and boat ramp make it very homey and convenient. Several of the sites have direct access to the water and there are some secluded and unique sites. Drive all the way through before you pick your location cause there are some with interesting views and Tree Tent size trees.