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Drinking Water
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Pets Allowed
About Twin Knobs Campground

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

There is a variety of different camp sites that include paved spurs that can accommodate any size RV, picnic tables, fire rings and grills. Some sites have electric hookups.

Facilities include bathhouses with showers, drinking water and flush toilets. The bathhouses and some picnic areas are accessible.

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.

ADA Access: N

Fee Info
Passes; and Golden Age and Golden Access Passports. This discount does not apply to Double Sites, Group Sites or additional fees for electricity.
Price
$25.00 - $115.00
Operator
USDA Forest Service
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Boat In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
WiFi
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RVs and Trailers
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Water Hookups
30 amp Hookups
50 amp Hookups
No Pull-Through Sites
Max Length: 70 ft.
Location
Twin Knobs Campground is located in Kentucky
Latitude
38.0947 N
Longitude
-83.5169 W
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Directions
Coming from Lexington, Kentucky, on I-64, take exit 133. Turn right at the top of the exit ramp to proceed south on KY-801. Proceed 8.4 miles on 801. The campground entrance is on the right.
27 Reviews of Twin Knobs Campground
Hidden Gem

We've stayed at Twin Knobs twice now in our popup camper. First time was at F26, second was at F24. We love how the outer loop sites have such quick access to the water.

Both sites are shaded very well and the sites themselves are huge. We could see other campers through the trees but we felt pretty well secluded.

Each site has several tall poles with hooks for trash bags/food storage. as well each site has a large fire pit with flip-over grill for cooking.

The firewood bundles are a bit pricey ($7) at the checkin shack, but I'm glad they are available. we purchased at least 7 bundles to have a pretty much constant fire through the day and night.

The bathrooms are clean and easily accessible. There was a bit of an overflow issue our first day on site but it was resolved in less than an hour by the loop hosts.

Pop's bbq was a hit both nights we were there. We ordered carryout (covid) and ate at camp on the provided picnic tables. The Dollar General is also adequately stocked.

All in all a fantastic visit which we will repeat ASAP. it's too bad they close at the end of October. I bet winter camping there would be a treat.

Cheers,

Chris

First time here.

Sept camping and cooler weather is what we enjoy. Not only did we like the shady campsites but the neatness of the whole area. Of all the good things about the campground. I like the friendly personnels the best.

Favorite Campground

This is our all time favorite campground. Spots are secluded and you feel like you really are out camping in the middle of the woods (unlike lots of campgrounds that are just concrete pads jammed together). Shower houses are super clean and well kept. The lake is absolutely beautiful and great for kayaking. Also highly recommend Pops if you’re looking for a good place to eat! Twin Knobs has ruined us and given us high expectations for other campgrounds.

Easy access to the Lake

Great place to stay if your looking to access the lake quicker and if you need to run out to get supplies. But since I've stayed at Zilpo as well, I'm a little biased on this review. But overall a good place to camp and take the kids and lots of access to boat ramps and a close marina. The shore on the twin knobs are seem to be more steep and rocky, as apposed to Zilpo(which are more of a sandy bank). So if you bank fish, Zilpo.Boat fishing twin knobs.

Hidden Jewel

I’ve been camping here for 25 years, since I was 2 years old, so you can understand that this campground has a special place in my heart. We’ve camped the double sites, single sites, non-electric, you name it. There is only two sites with a full hook up, and the rest are either electric or non-electric, no water at either of them. We fill our fresh water tank when we come in at a water spigot, or we get a spot that has a close water spigot and use a really long water hose as needed. Bathhouses and restrooms as always clean, and hosts are friendly and informative. I have a family of two young boys and two furbabies, and we’ve never camped near a ‘party site’, though I’m sure if you acted like you had some sense, played music low, and threw back a few beers, no one would mind. Never had to complain on anyone. I highly recommend this campground, and would suggest it to anyone that loves to camp.

Large, well facilitated lake campground

Stayed here for one night on a road trip to the Great Lakes. It’s basically in the middle of nowhere but nestled nicely on a lake with pretty water and nice scenery. The campground has all the amenities you would need for a nice stay, with clean bathrooms, boat ramp, small camp store, and some trails. Access to the surrounding National Forest involves leaving the campground but, otherwise it’s a nice wooded lake side campground in the middle of nowhere. Plenty of campsites to for electric or non electric camping.

Awesome campground on the lake!

This time of year (October) this campground is walk up only. We got there as quick as we could and are glad we did as we were able to grab an awesome site. There are tent sites and RV sites here and the campground is gorgeous. It’s right on a lake(so expect boat traffic) and there are several loops all along the lake. Those loops are connected by a trail that I enjoyed walking on. Internet service is spotty there– our Verizon hotspot worked ok, but the Sprint was super slow. There are mountain biking trails that you can access right from the campground so that was nice. You can also go on a short hike up one of the knobs. However, there really isn’t a good view at the top. I loved this campground and would go back in a heartbeat! In fact, I didn’t want to leave!

Beautiful

Camp at twin knobs and hike at tater knob fire tower and lockegee lookout .

The site is good but remember to bring sleeping pad due to you only for site for tent

Twin Knobs

This drive in camp site is a pay only and it’s best to call a couple weeks before your trip to reserve you spot! You can tent camp, pop up, or set up your pull behind. Twin Knobs is very clean and spacious campsites and most are on the water! This campground has basketball courts, a beach area, restrooms and more. Pet friendly but must stay on a leash.

Beautiful!

Grew up going here and still to this day it is my absolute favorite place to camp. You can tent camp which is what we did growing up or you places for campers. Most of all of the sites are shaded. Close walk to the lake with quite a few walking trails. Nice bathhouse’s.

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