David C.

Lexington, KY

Joined August 2019

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Nice Campground Near the Red River Gorge

This was a nice campground near the red river gorge. My friends and I stayed at a primitive campsite # 10. I’m not sure if the numbers really mattered because I didn’t see any clear listing of numbers and they told me when I arrived if I can’t find a spot with a fire ring then to text them and they would come out and build one where I was camping. But my spot had a rock fire ring, a picnic table, a small charcoal grill, and a lamp post. We were some what close to other campsites but our site had enough trees surrounding it to make it fairly private. This is a great family campground, they had small lake (I’d call it a pond) for swimming and fishing (it was $5 for an adult to fish, and catch and release only.) There was a play ground for the kids. They had a small store with camping supplies and they served food. Staff seemed to be pretty friendly as well. It looks like before Covid they would have fire works and live bands.

Beautiful Campground

This was a beautiful campground. It is a bigger campground and you are a little exposed to other campsites. We stayed at B05 and our friends stayed at B07, these were described on the website as companion sites so they were perfect for two families camping together as there was nothing separating them from each other. Each site had a tent pad, fire ring, and picnic table. You also had to walk up 10 steps to get to the campsite from the parking spot. There was a water spigot just down the road and several bath houses. The only negative was some of the paths to the bathhouses took you through other people’s campsites. There were several hiking trails leading out of the campground. Staff were very friendly.

Can’t Beat Zilpo

This is the third time camping at Zilpo this summer. This time I went with my sister and two young nephews. I went back to campsite E-12 since I knew the bath house was close and the water spicket was across the road. Didn’t include pics of the campsite because you can see them in another review. Great spot for children, the E-Loop wasn’t too loud or disturb them from sleeping. As always we saw wild turkey, deer, and a baby alligator snapping turtle. I included a pic of the overlook from the Zilpo Campground Trail.

Great Spot

This time we camped at H-36. This spot was a double and had plenty of space for 5 tents. It was set in a beautifully shaded area. The water pump was right next to the site. The bath house was a very short walk away. There was a path from the site that lead right down to Cave Run Lake and we were able to swim, kayak fish (although we didn’t catch anything), and hang out on the shore without really leaving the campsite. There aren’t any campsites directly to the right or left, the only neighbor is across the road. The campsite had a fire pit with a grill that can be lowered or raised to cook on. It had three lateen poles and two picnic tables.

Zilpo Campground

The website to reserve campsites needs a lot of work but otherwise it was a great weekend of camping. E-12 was close enough to the bathrooms that it wasn’t a bad walk but we didn’t have to smell anything. Water pump was across from the campsite. Plenty of space for four tents. Sturdy pic-nic table. Fire pit with a grill connected. Two poles to with four hooks each to hang lanterns or bags. We tied a line across it and hung our towels and wet clothes. The camp ground sits next to Cave Run Lake. There is a place to launch a boat and a nice beach area for swimming. They have a store next to the beach but we didn’t go in. “Billy” did chase away from the beach after hours though. The check in station sells ice and fire wood. We saw plenty of rabbits, a wild turkey, and a deer got about 20 feet from out camp site.

Cataloochee Campground

This was a nice campground. A creek ran along one side and a small stream on the other side. The camp sites were nice and consisted of a fire pit, pic-nic table, and raised bed for your tent. There was only one bathroom but the campground was small enough that it wasn’t too far of a walk. The bathrooms had a sink in the middle for washing dishes. The campground included a water pump as well. The campground was an extremely short walk to a trail head and less than a 2 minute drive from where you could see elk and Turkey from your car. The only negatives were you were next to a road, and while you couldn’t see the cars, you could hear them but there was very little traffic, and you were at least 20 minutes from any store in case you needed ice, or something of that nature.