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About Zilpo Campground

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.

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.


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.


Electric hookups are provided at some campsites. Drinking water is located centrally within the loops. Flush toilets and showers are spread throughout the campground as well. Each site has a picnic table and campfire ring. A dump station and concrete boat ramp are also included.

Each of the 12 cabins can accommodate up to six guests. They each have a table, two chairs and a sleeping area with two sets of bunk beds (4 beds). A picnic table, lantern post and campfire ring are provided outside. Pets may reside only in cabins 41,120,121 and 123. Cabins 109, 123 and 136 have ramps that can accommodate wheel chairs.

A campground store with ice, firewood, camping gear and food is on-site. Roads are paved and level tent pads are gravel.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearest community is 12 miles away.



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Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
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Sanitary Dump
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Trash Available
Water Hookups
Zilpo Campground is located in Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky
38.071 N
-83.484 W
Get Directions
In Salt Lick, KY, at the intersection of State Route 211 and U.S. Route 60, take Route 211 south for 3.6 miles to the Forest Recreation sign. Turn left at the sign, onto Clear Creek Road and go 3.9 miles to Zilpo Campground sign. Turn left at the sign onto Forest Route 918 and drive 8.7 miles to the campground.
19 Reviews of Zilpo Campground
Pictures don’t do it justice

Nice secluded area with a lot of privacy


I've camped here many times with my kiddos and have always had a great time with no trouble

Peaceful, beautiful, a must visit!!

This is an amazingly well maintained, beautiful campground. The sites are on the lake and are large and flat. Awesome views and a tranquil lake for kayaking, canoeing or swimming. This is a must visit park!

Auxier Ridge

Thia campsite is amazing. Perfect for stargazers. Nobody is there during the weekday. But the weekend is usually packed.

Daniel Boone #3

another hiking trip to Daniel Doon 9-27-2014

Daniel Boone Trip 2

So great we took two trips! So many beautiful hiking/biking trails! this is still one of my favorite places to go !

Great campground

Great campground with a lot of privacy!

Clean Nice Campspots

Nicer spot then twin knobs in my opinion. Plently of nice spots to choose from and you can look through and find one to your preference and reserve. In walking distance to the lake so you can have a nice swim. Always beautiful

Best wooded lots

I love Zilpo because of the wooded lots. You don't feel like you are camping on your neighbors. The lots are spread out enough that you have some privacy. The only drawback would be the long drive getting there, but come on, you are camping! The drive in has beautiful views and is very peaceful. The campsites are pretty level and graveled. There is electric at some sites and you have to reserve early to get those. The bath house is kept clean and is in good shape. The whole campground is kept very clean and it was very quiet while we were there. There is a beach and lots of trails to explore. Some of the sites are very close to the lake and have wonderful views. The hosts stick to the rules about how many people you can have at a site so it doesn't get too crowded like at the state parks. Wish there was more electric sites.