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    Camper-submitted photo from Zilpo Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Zilpo Campground
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    1.

    Zilpo Campground

    48 Reviews
    256 Photos
    268 Saves
    Salt Lick, Kentucky

    Overview

    Zilpo, a large, fun-filled campground on Cave Run Lake, is a prime destination for families. The scenic campground offers a cabin rental, tent camping, RV sites with electric hookups and a selection of lakefront sites. Views of the lake are enjoyed by those who relax on the sandy beach. Tater Knob, a fire tower open to the public, is nearby, offering outstanding views of the area.

    Recreation

    Water skiing and swimming are wonderful ways to enjoy the lake. Muskie, large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish attract avid anglers. Hikers are fans of the Zilpo Mountain Loop Trail that extends for 2.25 miles, connecting to a network of other trails around the lake. Nature programs are regularly scheduled during peak season and wildlife watching is rewarding.

    Facilities

    Water skiing and swimming are wonderful ways to enjoy the lake. Muskie, large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish attract avid anglers. Hikers are fans of the Zilpo Mountain Loop Trail that extends for 2.25 miles, connecting to a network of other trails around the lake. Nature programs are regularly scheduled during peak season and wildlife watching is rewarding.

    Natural Features

    Zilpo sits on a peninsula in the middle portion of Cave Run Lake at an elevation of 800 feet. The lake spans 8,270 acres with soft, sandy beaches. The campground is shaded by a stand of mixed hardwoods, and campsites have good privacy.

    Nearby Attractions

    The nearest community is 12 miles away.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $85 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Twin Knobs Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Twin Knobs Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Twin Knobs Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Twin Knobs Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Twin Knobs Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Twin Knobs Recreation Area

    2.

    Twin Knobs Recreation Area

    40 Reviews
    131 Photos
    229 Saves
    Salt Lick, Kentucky

    Overview

    Nestled on the shores of Cave Run Lake, this camp is part of the larger Twin Knobs Recreation Area. There are more than 200 sites spread out over 10 loops under a dense forest of mixed conifer and deciduous trees. The recreation area includes two reservable group picnic areas. Group camping is also available.

    Recreation

    Summer amphitheater programs and scheduled campground activities provide family fun and entertainment. The campground also has volleyball courts, basketball hoops and horseshoe pits. There is a boat ramp and beach. Popular lake activities include fishing, swimming, motor boating, windsurfing, sailing and water skiing. Scenic foot trails include the 2.5-mile Twin Knobs Shoreline Trail and the 1.5-mile Knob Overlook Trail.

    Facilities

    Summer amphitheater programs and scheduled campground activities provide family fun and entertainment. The campground also has volleyball courts, basketball hoops and horseshoe pits. There is a boat ramp and beach. Popular lake activities include fishing, swimming, motor boating, windsurfing, sailing and water skiing. Scenic foot trails include the 2.5-mile Twin Knobs Shoreline Trail and the 1.5-mile Knob Overlook Trail.

    Natural Features

    The Daniel Boone National Forest embraces some of the most rugged terrain west of the Appalachian Mountains. The forest lies within the Cumberland Plateau, where steep forested slopes, sandstone cliffs and narrow ravines characterize the land in this region. Cave Run Lake is in the Cumberland District in the northernmost part of the forest. The lake is surrounded by the rolling hills of northeastern Kentucky.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Morehead Office Visitor Center offers information about the Daniel Boone National Forest in addition to interpretive exhibits. A popular attraction within the Daniel Boone National Forest is the Red River Gorge Geological Area, which features more than 100 natural sandstone arches.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $40 - $43 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Koomer Ridge Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Koomer Ridge Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Koomer Ridge Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Koomer Ridge Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Koomer Ridge Campground

    3.

    Koomer Ridge Campground

    46 Reviews
    129 Photos
    354 Saves
    Pine Ridge, Kentucky

    Koomer Ridge Campground, located on Cumberland Ranger District in the Red River Gorge, features semi-primitive camping in a tranquil forest setting. The campground provides access to trails in the Red River Gorge. View Koomer Ridge guide & map. The campground amphitheater opens Memorial Day weekend and features a program each Saturday through Labor Day. The programs usually begin at dusk. Check the campground bulletin board or contact the Gladie Visitor Center for more information. Hiking/backpacking trails in the area: Cliff Trail #206 (.5 mile) Koomer Ridge Trail #220 (2.75 miles) Silvermine Arch Trail #225 (1.5 miles) Hidden Arch Trail #208 (1 mile). ACTIVITIES Camping: The Koomer Ridge Campground features semi-primitive camping in a tranquil forest setting. Interpretive Programs: Visitor programs are held on weekends. Recreational Vehicles

    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash

    $17 - $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Middle Fork Campground — Natural Bridge State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Middle Fork Campground — Natural Bridge State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Middle Fork Campground — Natural Bridge State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Middle Fork Campground — Natural Bridge State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Middle Fork Campground — Natural Bridge State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Middle Fork Campground — Natural Bridge State Resort Park

    4.

    Middle Fork Campground — Natural Bridge State Resort Park

    41 Reviews
    164 Photos
    59 Saves
    Slade, Kentucky

    Middle Fork Campground at Natural Bridge State Resort Park in Kentucky is a solid spot for a camping trip. Nestled in the heart of the Red River Gorge area, this campground offers a mix of tent and RV sites. It's a great base camp for exploring the natural beauty of the region.

    The campground is known for its clean bathhouses and friendly staff. Some visitors have noted that the sites can be a bit tight, so it's worth checking the site dimensions before you book. If you're bringing an RV, make sure to pack extra power cords and water hoses since the hookups might not be on the side you expect.

    Fishing enthusiasts will love the creek running through the campground, which is stocked with rainbow trout. It's a perfect spot for kids to splash around and try their hand at fishing. The tent pads are generally level and spacious, making for a comfortable stay.

    One thing to keep in mind is the noise from the nearby highway. It can get a bit loud with trucks passing by, but if you're used to a bit of background noise, it shouldn't be a deal-breaker. Also, don't expect much in the way of cell service—consider it a chance to truly unplug.

    For those looking to explore, the Natural Bridge trail is very close by, and the Gorge Underground attraction is just up the road. If you're into hiking, the Rock Bridge trail offers a fantastic swimming hole that's worth the drive.

    Overall, Middle Fork Campground provides a good mix of amenities and natural beauty, making it a worthwhile stop for anyone looking to enjoy the great outdoors in Kentucky.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Red River Gorge Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Red River Gorge Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Red River Gorge Campground

    5.

    Red River Gorge Campground

    22 Reviews
    124 Photos
    346 Saves
    Slade, Kentucky

    Red River Gorge Campground is known for its picturesque surroundings and range of outdoor activities. The campground is located in the heart of Red River Gorge, a geological wonderland with soaring sandstone cliffs, natural arches and deep gorges. The area is popular with hikers, climbers and outdoor enthusiasts, offering numerous trails for all levels of experience, as well as opportunities for rock climbing, kayaking and fishing. Red River Gorge Campground provides a one-of-a-kind camping experience in Kentucky.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $10 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Carter Caves State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Carter Caves State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Carter Caves State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Carter Caves State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Carter Caves State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Carter Caves State Resort Park

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    Carter Caves State Resort Park

    45 Reviews
    118 Photos
    141 Saves
    Olive Hill, Kentucky

    Hidden deep under the northeast forests of Kentucky, strange formations with names like Giant Turkey, Headache Rock, and The Cathedral mingle with cave corals, underground waterfalls and thousands of endangered bats. This is what awaits visitors to Carter Caves State Resort Park, approximately 90 miles east of Lexington. The park was only established, and the cave environments protected, in 1946. Prior to this, the land—and caves—have a long and storied history. It begins millions of years ago, when North America was in its development stage, with the land rising and falling, cracking and washing away. This began forming the caves as seen today. Fast-forward to the 1800s, and the caves served as a resource during the War of 1812. Today however, this 2000-acre park—both above and below ground—serves as a recreation destination for campers and adventurers.

    The resort at Carter Caves offers a variety of overnight options, including camping, cottages and a lodge. Campers will find a large campground with 89 RV sites with utilities, 30 primitive tent sites, eight equestrian sites, and two bunkhouses. Most RV sites are back-in, and can accommodate vehicles/trailers up to 60 feet; bunkhouses can accommodate up to six people. The campground features bathhouses with showers, water faucets, picnic shelters, horse stables, and a playground. The park’s cottages are fully equipped with linens, cookware, and most have wood-burning fireplaces; these can accommodate up to eight people. The Lewis Caveland Lodge offers 28 rooms with full amenities, balconies and patios. Dogs are permitted in designated areas, and must remain leashed. Campsite rates are $18–$55/night; cottages and lodge rooms are $75–$240/night.

    The main attraction at Carter Caves State Resort Park is … the caves! There are six named caves in the park for exploring. Some are open year-round, some are only open during the summer. The park offers guided walking tours in four of the caves. Tours range from 45 minutes to 2.5 hours, and require some stair-climbing and stooping. There are also two caves open for self-exploration. These are undeveloped, and require visitors to provide their own light source. For the adventurous, there are also two cave crawling expeditions. These tours are three hours long, and explore tight, undeveloped passages that require lots of crawling, stooping and duck-walking in muddy conditions. For visitors who would rather stay and play above ground, the park features 26 miles of hiking trails, guided horseback rides, putt-putt golf, rock climbing, and fishing and paddling on Smoky Valley Lake.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Red River Gorge Retreats (Miguel's Pizza)
    Camper-submitted photo from Red River Gorge Retreats (Miguel's Pizza)
    Camper-submitted photo from Red River Gorge Retreats (Miguel's Pizza)
    Camper-submitted photo from Red River Gorge Retreats (Miguel's Pizza)
    Camper-submitted photo from Red River Gorge Retreats (Miguel's Pizza)
    Camper-submitted photo from Red River Gorge Retreats (Miguel's Pizza)

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    Red River Gorge Retreats (Miguel's Pizza)

    19 Reviews
    36 Photos
    78 Saves
    Slade, Kentucky

    Welcome to Red River Gorge Retreats, famously known as Miguel's Pizza. This spot is a gem for those looking to camp on a budget while enjoying a vibrant community atmosphere. With just two sites available, it’s a cozy place to set up your tent and soak in the surroundings.

    One of the standout features here is the on-site restaurant, Miguel's Pizza, which serves up delicious meals from breakfast through dinner. It's not just about the food, though; the place has a unique charm that draws in climbers and campers alike. You’ll find a yoga/stretching room, a sand volleyball court, and even slacklines to test your balance. If you’re into sports, there’s a half basketball court and plenty of grass for a game of ultimate frisbee.

    The campground is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. There’s also a community fire pit where you can gather and share stories with fellow campers. Showers are available, though you’ll need tokens, which you can get from the laundry room. And if you need to stock up on climbing gear or other essentials, the on-site shop has you covered.

    Located in the beautiful region of Kentucky, this campground is close to the stunning Natural Bridge State Park. The area is renowned for its scenic beauty and offers plenty of opportunities for hiking and rock climbing. The community vibe here is strong, with many visitors noting how friendly and welcoming everyone is. It’s a great place to meet like-minded folks and enjoy some good old-fashioned camaraderie.

    So, if you’re looking for an inexpensive, friendly, and well-equipped place to camp near Red River Gorge, Miguel's Pizza is the spot for you. Just remember to bring a citronella candle to keep the bugs at bay!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $14 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Whittleton Campground — Natural Bridge State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Whittleton Campground — Natural Bridge State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Whittleton Campground — Natural Bridge State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Whittleton Campground — Natural Bridge State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Whittleton Campground — Natural Bridge State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Whittleton Campground — Natural Bridge State Resort Park

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    Whittleton Campground — Natural Bridge State Resort Park

    18 Reviews
    70 Photos
    24 Saves
    Slade, Kentucky

    Natural Bridge is a 2,200 acre forested park and nature preserve with 22 miles of trails, a 60 acre lake, two campgrounds, lodging, and dining facilities. It is surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest and adjacent to the Red River Gorge National Geologic Area.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Callie’s Lake and Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Callie’s Lake and Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Callie’s Lake and Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Callie’s Lake and Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Callie’s Lake and Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Callie’s Lake and Campground

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    Callie’s Lake and Campground

    17 Reviews
    64 Photos
    79 Saves
    Stanton, Kentucky

    We allow fishing, swimming, paddle boating, and kayaking; We have 4 clean shower houses and also a camp store where we serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner Friday-Sunday.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $10 - $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from The Ole Cornfield
    Camper-submitted photo from The Ole Cornfield
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    Camper-submitted photo from The Ole Cornfield

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    The Ole Cornfield

    8 Reviews
    32 Photos
    50 Saves
    Salt Lick, Kentucky

    Local Family Owned & Operated est.2012 Riverside Campground RV & Tent Camping 50amp, 30amp, 110v NEW Bathhouse Kayak/Canoe Rental & Shuttle Service

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Tents
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