Shelly S.

Pro

Bowling Green, KY

Joined June 2016

Been camping since I was a kid, got the “bug” from my mom;) Military taught me a different kind of camping.Now I’m back on my own with my three amigos

Useful

I’m from Kentucky and I know that state by state campgrounds are used for very different reasons. Riverside City Park seems to be an in transit/migrant/out of state worker kind of place. It’s very basic, park it and go. There’s a split rail fence so people won’t park in the grass. There are picnic tables and metal grills and there is shade. It’s in the city so it’s convenient and there’s access to the river. When you go on the City Site look under facilities-find a facility-facility type and features and that will get you to the phone numbers. No reservations, first come. That’s about it. I would not go here for a fun weekend with the family UNLESS you are going to the State fairgrounds right up the road.

Functional

We visited Arlington, SD on our way west and easily located this cute little campground on the main drag. The sites back right up to a cute little park with a lake/pond complete with bridge and small island. Nothing fancy , very functional though with electric and nice shade. Not much in the way of privacy however you also shouldn’t be bothered and no reason for the locals to drive through. It just seemed very peaceful. Amenities nearby , good for overnight or visiting local events, relatives. You pay at the Municipal Bldg/ Firehall 202 W Elm St.

Adequate

A very utilitarian campground in Arlington, SD. Best feature aside from the shade is there is a laundrymat in the same lot! Electric, shade and a shrub row separates you from the road. This would be an ideal spot to stop overnight or stay at to attend a local event or visit relatives in the area. Stop by the Municipal Bldg\ Firehall at 202 W Elm St to pay your fee , after hours use the drop box.

First to Review
Museum at the Brig

This is not a campground. It’s a museum at the old Brig. Very interesting history and excellent recreation area.

Serves it purpose

This is your basic campground in the middle of town when your visiting nearby or passing through . There are no campground activities or amenities…well, there is a dump area and potable water spigot. No shade, no toilets, no shower. But it’s free ;) Grass, electric hook up , the picnic tables are a little worse for wear. And DO NOT CLEAN YOUR FISH in the campground or on the tables please. Useful but not a destination campground !

No campground

Drove through Webster, SD on our “Westward Ho” adventure. Typical town along the way with necessary amenities.

There are no camping sites in the City Park, however at 1st St E and 14th Ave E you have two camping options. These are just camping spots w/electric. There are several spots along the road on a paved area or there were several grassy, older looking sites right across the street. The second area had a dump site, potable water spigot and small pavilion with one table in the middle. No shade anywhere but grass and a somewhat fenced lot. No toilet either. You stop at the City Liquor Store (convenient) or City Hall for a permit. The one area said it was free.

Surprised

We stopped here for two days on our “Westward Ho” road trip in mid August 2020. Temperatures 80’s in the day to 60’s overnight.

I am not highly familiar with Iowa, I will admit however I AM extremely amazed at this little unique Park in the middle of farmland Iowa. Most of the trip here was driving between fields of corn as far as the eye could see (we came through Illinois).

The town of the same first name is small but the necessities can be had. Found a small shop with local meat, honey and yummies. The drive to the park was pretty straight forward with signage along the way.

This is a very basic park, no lake, no added attractions just trails , picnicking and a small , quiet (well…. I had a family directly across with very talkative, argumentative, sometimes loud children, …luck of the draw ;) and well shaded, electric sites. I like the spacing, privacy and shade. There are several water hydrants throughout the campground to use. A shower house that I will be visiting soon. Firewood on site, with donation box.

You probably don’t want sites 1 or 2, they are directly across from the dump site. The plus is they are directly across from the playground , picnic area and trail access.

Trail access is a short walk across the shelter/ picnic area. As of right now Officially the caves are closed. I saw several hikers not being official though.

The trails have sign posts and the map in a VERY general way gives you some idea as to where you are at BUT there are trails criss crossing everywhere so make sure you have your map tracker on. The trails/scenery are AMAZING! LOVED IT! Needs some maintenance (ie, downed trees) but they may have limited staffing right now. I would suggest a visit even if you only have a few hours. Once they reopen the caves I will absolutely be back.

Mardi Gras

I’ve been to Monte Sano Stare Park on numerous occasions and always look forward to enjoying the trails and town while I’m there. I stayed at the park this time while I was in Huntsville for the annual Marci Gras parade. One of the best things about this time of year is your view is unobstructed by foliage. The row of sites along the overlook give you an excellent view of the town. Many are double sites to share with groups. The rest of the campground has level , back in and pull through sites as well as a tent area. The showerhouse is older but well maintained and has a washer and dryer. This is a gated campground so no through traffic. The trails at Monte Sano are exceptional and challenging. There is also a land trust area to hike too. Bring your hiking boots or trail running shoes for the numerous running events that are held at the park or just enjoy the Japanese Garden and overlooks.

Unique

DeSoto State Park is one of those parks you just have to visit. The lodge is built around the original CCC structure and has a nice fire pit area out front. A Well maintained campground with huge sites. Not very busy when we visited in February. The falls are very cool and were busy so I’m sure in the summer parking is limited. Nice trails AND a tree top adventure.

Camping in the clouds

First time to Cheaha Falls State Park and it is extraordinary! I literally drove up into the clouds to get to the Cheaha Falls Campground. Very nice, well laid out campground with good size pull through and back in sites. Full hookup and nice showerhouses. You are pretty much going either up hill or downhill while here, not much level ground. The views are just WOW! There is a wooden ADA walkway to one of the overlooks and plenty of challenging trails to check out with more breathtaking views. The original CCC Lodge is cool to look at, you can rent it for events. This is just an awesome park to enjoy!

Pleasant Atmosphere

Near Corbin, Ky Grove Campground is in Daniel Boone National Park with Cumberland Falls SP nearby. Grove is another of the many smaller campgrounds that are spread throughout Daniel Boone NP. Tent or RV camp, well maintained older area with facilities and privacy. So much to do nearby and just another AWESOME area.

Sister Shenanigans

Stayed at Corbin/ Laurel Lake KOA near Cumberland Falls State Park while at a group event. We were in the nicely shaded loop and had more then enough room to set up and visit with each other. We were in the area for the Moonbow but unfortunately it was overcast and we missed seeing it. We enjoyed hiking in the area and had an excellent time at the KOA. The campground was well maintained and I tent trailer camped. My site was big and level.

No dogs on trail

Daniel Boone National Park is split into several areas, Natural Bridge State Park is in the Red River Gorge section and SUCH a cool area with so much to do. Natural Bridge has two campgrounds that accommodate RV campers as well as tent campers. Both campgrounds are well maintained and can get very busy. Unless you are an avid hiker you will need to drive to all the different areas and attractions, neither park us very close to anything. That being said, the trails are awesome! No dogs allowed on the trails in Natural Bridge SP but there are plenty of trails in the out lying areas to take the pups on. Nada Tunnel is nearby and a must see! And there are several trails along the scenic roadway that’s travels through Nada and the gorge area. Bring your camera and swim trunks!

Excellent Base Camp

Lago Linda near Beattyville, Ky is in the Red River Gorge Area of Daniel Boone National Forest. Lago Linda’s staff is AWESOME, they will go out of their way to accommodate your camping needs. I’ve stayed in the cabins and campground and enjoyed both. The full electric hookups are limited so when you make your reservation make sure you have the site you need for your toys, etc. If your going full dispersed there are lots of sites to pick from. There is a new addition going up in the back with a brand new shower and camping area. On my last visit I discovered the trails within the camp and they are pretty sweet. Excellent for group get togethers check them out!

Long Walk

Natural Bridge State Park is within Daniel Boone National Forest and Middle Fork is the campground in the State Park. Unless you are a distance hiker you will have to drive to most of the attractions from the campground because they aren’t close. So that’s a pro and a con. The campground is not in the traffic flow but it’s not conveniently located either. My favorite sites are in the back row, shaded and more private. Otherwise it’s a mid size campground that can get a little busy when it’s full. Well maintained. Check out Hoedown Island on Saturday’s , Miguel’s for food and no dogs allowed on the Natural Bridge trails.

Top of the hill

Blue Heron Campground in Big South Fork National Park. Daniel Boone National Park is one of my favorite places to explore. Blue Heron CG is on the road to the VERY COOL mining village and the mining operation at the bottom of the hill. Blue Heron CG is small which makes it that much better. The showerhouse is not new but the whole place is very well maintained. There is an overlook and trail access nearby or you can drive down to the Historic mining operation with tipple and boat ramp as well as trailheads. Stearns, Ky is nearby and the historic railway that traverses the same area to the bottom of the hill through the village. So much to do in this area!

Fishing

The Narrows

The Narrows at Barren River Resort Park , Kentucky is a nice, well maintained campground. If you are a fisher person this is a campground for you. Within walking distance of the Marina, nice shaded sites and room to spread out. A cool feature in the sites is a fish cleaning table as well as fire ring and picnic table. Another nice feature is the campground is off the main road to the marina. Unfortunately there aren’t any hiking trails , however bike riding in the campground is an option and there’s an interesting sunken basketball court.

Men in Skirts

Barren River State Resort Park

Barren River State Resort Park is small but it offers a lot of options.

The campground is off by itself, quiet , with separate areas and pull through options. I like the back in sites with shade and a small patio to set up on. The campground is older but well maintained, the showerhouses are also not new, but they are kept up. If you are a biker you have some hills to climb in the park. There is a walk/bike trail around the golfing greens, with a dirt trail off the backside. The stable is closed currently due to no contract with a wrangler. With the beach, golf course and other attractions you can easily stay in the park and keep busy. Two cool events to check out are the Highland Games, ( men in skirts throwing things)and the Bourbonfest a newer event.

What time is it

The one major con of the Picnic Shelters st Mammoth Cave NP , Ky is they are day use only! Which if your only there for the day is fine but if your staying at the campground, cabins or lodge with a group once the sun goes down you are limited as to where you can get together. We had an event there and we ended up just getting g together at the cabins, so that might be an option to consider if you are wanting a group gathering spot.

Glamping

Tucked away on the backside of Mammoth Cave NF, Ky, you want to find this Horse Camp.

Not huge and not to small, you can easily bring a small group of friends here for a private horsing around retreat ( pun intended) Direct access to several horse trails in Mammoth Cave. Spend your day riding and then kick back at your site and relax. There is an area in the “back” to park your rig and set up your glamping area. Stalls if your horse likes it fancy. A nice camp store and friendly staff to assist you. We visited while in the area, my favorite thing is the out of the way location! (Check out their page for events too.)