Paris Landing State Park has about 70 campsites, most with water and electric hookups, but it is not easy to fine a level site. (There are 18 “primitive campsites” with no service. My brother stayed at one of their cabins.) The campground is in a hardwood forest, so there is lots of shade. Plus, it is right on Kentucky Lake, so there is swimming, fishing and boating. There is a pool and golf course. There is canoeing nearby.
Small campground. Has showers. Close to marina. You can rent boats there. Has separate access to swimming area, you don't have to try to cross the boa busy highway. Nice restaurants just up road.
We visited at the end of the season. The campground was right next to the marina and an overpass allows you to cross over to the other side where the lodge and golf course are.
Great wildlife and leaf peeping in the fall! The hiking trails we found were perfect length for the kids (ages 5-9 at the time) but not for more serious hikers. Sports fields, pool, restaurant, and other activities make this a less nature-oriented campground but there’s boating too. There’s a hotel and some kind of conference center that had a wedding. Some of the campground is very open but most is wooded. Sites are kinda close but the trees make it easy to ignore your neighbors. Nice built up resort kind of state park.
I enjoyed my visit to Paris Landing state park. I was there with a large group of people from UAB, Vanderbilt, and Fisk for a Developmental Biology retreat. The hotel has great rates and is perfect for large groups, though it has a 1980s feel to it. The park itself is huge with miles of trails and basketball/tennis courts and volleyball courts. There are pavilions available for cookouts and BBQs, and our group had a catered dinner to one of the pavilions. I did not use the lake at all, but it looked very nice.