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Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, KENTUCKY

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Most Recent Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Camping Reviews
Family Camping Trip

Fun place to camp with family and friends.

Quite

Nice campground bathroom not bad, I got a discount for Military and winter rates which came to 15 bucks not bad for a night stay. Maybe 5 campers in whole campground. Looks like it has a lot of summer activities.

Very dirty and run down

Despite the park being practically deserted, the bathrooms were filthy. We requested they be cleaned on two different occasions over our six day visit and were assured that had been done however there was never any evidence of that actually taking place. The only action we saw out of the ranger was a daily drive by. Most of the sites are very close together which would be too cozy when the park is busy. Everything is very run down and basic maintenance is not seeming to happen.

Interesting spot

Went on a stag tent camping trip. Decent facility for state park. Sites are small wouldn’t recommend large rigs.

Moonbow!

I went to see the Moonbow at Cumberland Falls SP, unfortunately it was overcast but still very cool. The campground was on a little bit of a hill. The sites were good size. I set up my trailer tent and had lots of room. The facilities were well maintained and the campground was shaded and quiet. There were trails to hike and smaller falls to enjoy. The main falls are near the trailhead for several trails. There is a visitors center and education center by the falls and a picnic area across the road.

Great site

Great location just off I75, close to easy shopping (Walmart), Urgent Care facility just minutes away, nice BBQ place right in the park, local eatery’s just up the way (less than 2 miles). Hospital less than 5 miles away. A few locals do daily walks thru the campground and are very friendly people. Bathrooms are clean, campground has lots of shaded areas, lake for fishing, boats and canoe rental (may be seasonal). Playgrounds for kids, large swimming pool (also seasonal) Very nice rangers. Hiking also near by, just ask the rangers. Kenneth

Clean, Quiet and Beautiful

The campground was clean and quiet. Our campsite backed up to the Cumberland River. There were several spots for hiking and fishing. We will definitely be back!

Words can't describe

The water is so beautiful with the sunset shining down on it

Excellent Campground for Family

We stayed here for three nights in Mid-October 2019.  The site we had was in the Annex portion and the parking pad was long, wide and level. Plenty of room to park a large RV and car or boat. In addition the site offered plenty of space for chairs to socialize and faces into the surrounding foliage versus the RV next door. 

The site was set at an angle that made backing into a breeze and level to the paved road. The site included a picnic table, 2 posts to hang lanterns, etc and a fire ring. 

While fairly full the campground was quiet and all the other other campers were very respectful of each other. 

The campground is ideal for riding bicycles around as you can ride from the Annex to the main campground, the snack bar, and the trout fish hatchery without encountering a lot of vehicle traffic.  While there are some hills the grades are long and not too steep. 

The hatchery is open every day but Christmas, is free,  and is very educational. You can walk though the whole operation and  see the trout in different stages of growth. In addition there is a man made trout stream that take the water from the hatchery to the Cumberland River and it is a beautiful stroll along the banks to see the different habitats that make trout stream.  Catch and release fishing is allowed. 

The snack bar offers pretty good fare at a reasonable price and sells firewood and ice on the honor system when closed at night. 

If you need supplies or a dinner out Jamestown is not too far and offers most of the "Generica" you would expect. 

While I didn't use the bathhouses the buildings suggested newer construction and they offer washer and dryers. 

Expect to see deer in abundance as well as ducks and blue heron.

Great State park

Great state park. Full hookups and close to I-75. Well kept with clean bath house. Paddle boats and walking trails.