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Kentucky is famous for its horses and bourbon, but it also offers incredible natural beauty. RV travel is one of the best ways to see all that the state has to offer. Here are the 20 best RV parks in Kentucky.
- 1 Best RV Parks near Louisville and Lexington Kentucky
- 2 Best RV Parks in Eastern Kentucky
- 3 Best RV Parks in Western, Kentucky
- 4 Best RV Parks near Mammoth Cave National Park
- 5 Log your RV Park Stays
Best RV Parks near Louisville and Lexington Kentucky
These two cities, which are only an hour away from each other, offer some of the best attractions in Kentucky. Stay at any of the awesome Kentucky RV parks to enjoy the horses, bourbon and nightlife in both cities.
Cummins Ferry RV Park
Located about 30 miles from the center of Lexington, Cummins Ferry RV Park is a nature retreat near the city. Set high on the Kentucky River bank, the RV parks offers a serene view of the famous Kentucky River Palisades, which include large limestone rock formations and waterfalls. The campground has 88 full hookup RV sites and is open year-round. Campsites on Riverview Lane are the best sites as they offer views of the river below.
In addition to the natural beauty, Cummins Ferry offers several amenities to entertain campers. These amenities include a swimming pool, a playground, a boat launch and a mini disc golf course. Approximately two miles of hiking trails allow campers to follow the river shoreline, walk from the boat dock to the swimming pool and explore the wooded portion of the campground. From March to October, the park also has food trucks and live music every Saturday night.
Another waterfront RV park, Elkhorn Campground is located in the capital city of Frankfort. The park has 125 campsites, most of which are paved and many of which offer mature shade trees and full hookups including cable TV. Campsites 6 to 30 back-up right onto Elkhorn Creek, so campers fish right behind their RV. The campground is open from April through October.
Amenities at Elkhorn campground include a swimming pool, a playground, a miniature golf course and basketball, volleyball, horseshoes and shuffleboard courts. The on-site general store offers groceries, RV supplies and hand-dipped ice cream. Campers with a Kentucky fishing license can also catch dinner from the creek.
Kentucky Horse Park Campground
For a classic Kentucky camping experience, park your RV at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground in Lexington. The RV campground is attached to the famous equine theme park, where campers receive free parking and discounted admission rates. At the campground, there are 260 paved RV campsites with water and electric hookups. Dump stations and bathhouses are also available for all campers to use. The park is open year-round.
In addition to the horse park, there are several fun activities available at the campground. A junior Olympic-size swimming pool is available for campers to cool off during the summer months. The campground also offers a grocery store and gift shop and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. Adventurous campers can walk or bike the 12-mile paved Legacy Trail from the Kentucky Horse Park Campground to downtown Lexington.
Louisville South KOA Holiday
As its name suggests, the Louisville South KOA Holiday is located just south of the city. The family-oriented campground offers a variety of RV campsites, including several pull-thru sites with full hookups. Campers with dogs can reserve Paw Pen sites, which have a private, fenced dog run on the campsite. (See other great dog friendly KOAs on our list of the best dog friendly RV parks in the country.) The campground is open year-round, and camping discounts are available with KOA Rewards.
Louisville South has all the fun amenities kids and campers would expect at a KOA. There is an outdoor swimming pool, outdoor movies, kayak and banana bike rentals, nature trails and a fenced dog park. A new activity park also includes bocce ball, a jumping pillow, life sized chess and horseshoes.
Pioneer Playhouse Campground
Probably the most unique destination on our list of the best RV parks in Kentucky, Pioneer Playhouse is the home to a campground as well as Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theatre. The campground and theatre are located less than an hour south of Lexington. Only 100-yards away from the theatre, the campground has 35 campsites with water and electric hookups and a dump station. The campground is open year-round.
Each summer the theatre puts on five productions on their outdoor stage. Campers can purchase tickets to just the show or arrive early to have a barbeque dinner before the show. The campground does not offer any additional recreational facilities, but bathhouses are available.
Best RV Parks in Eastern Kentucky
Eastern Kentucky, also known as the Kentucky Coal Field, has many outdoor features, including forests and the famous Red River Gorge. Check out our picks for the best RV parks in Eastern Kentucky.
4 Guys RV Park
Located only a half-mile from the Nada Tunnel entrance to the Red River Gorge, 4 Guys RV Park is a top Kentucky RV destination. The RV park offers 60 campsites with full hookups and high-speed Wi-Fi. Some of the sites are big-rig friendly pull-thrus. Sites 37 to 40 have the best view, backing up onto the park’s small pond.
In addition to the endless outdoor recreation opportunities nearby, 4 Guys offers several on-site amenities. These features include an outdoor swimming pool, two playgrounds, basketball courts and frisbee golf. Fishing is available in both the pond as well as the creek that runs alongside the campground. Campers can also wade into the creek to cool off in the summertime.
Ashland / Huntington West KOA Holiday
Another great Kentucky KOA, the Ashland / Huntington West KOA Holiday is located in the northeastern section of the state. The RV park offers about 100 campsites, which all have full hookups and cable TV. Several sites are big-rig friendly pull-thrus. The KOA Patio sites come equipped with comfy outdoor chairs, a dining table and a barbeque grill.
Amenities at the Ashland / Huntington KOA include an outdoor swimming pool, a snack bar, a playground, miniature golf, sand volleyball and a fenced-in dog park. The park also has a manicured walking trail that meanders around the park past the on-site pond, gardens and pavilion. Catch and release fishing is available in the pond.
Callie’s Lake and Campground
Just up the road from 4 Guys RV Park, Callie’s Lake and Campground is another great RV park near the Red River Gorge. The park offers full hookup RV campsites, as well as, lakeside campsites with water and electric hookups. Each site has its own picnic table and fire ring, and firewood can be delivered right to your site.
The lake is the heart of the campground. There is a dedicated swimming area where campers can splash and play in the summer months, and the lake is stocked for catch and release fishing. Other amenities at Callie’s Lake include a children’s playground, a paddle boat for use on the lake and a country store selling food and RV supplies. The park also has a concert stage where regular live music events are hosted.
Carter Caves State Resort Park
Carter Caves State Resort Park is located in northeastern Kentucky. The campground at Carter Caves has 90 RV campsites, including 19 sites with full hookups. Bathhouses, children’s playgrounds and dump stations are also available for campers. The campground is open year-round, but water may be turned off when temperatures are below freezing. Putters and balls are available for campers to enjoy the 18-hole miniature golf course.
The resort park also has tennis courts, a restaurant and a swimming pool at the lodge. However, the park’s main attraction is underground. Beneath the forested hills of this resort, nature has hidden more than 20 twisting caverns. Visit Cascade Cave, where you will discover a 30-foot underground waterfall or take a tour of X Cave, where nature has formed luminous stone fans, pipes and spirals.
Paintsville Lake State Park
Paintsville Lake is the second state park to make our list of the best RV parks in Kentucky. The campground at Paintsville Lake State Park has 32 RV campsites, which all have full hookups. For easy access, book sites 3, 4, 9 or 10 which are large pull-thrus. There campground is open year-round and there are also 10 primitive campsites available.
The best part of the campground is the waterfront recreation area, which has a basketball court, a sand volleyball court, a children’s playground, horseshoes and a covered picnic shelter. Outside of the campground, visitors have access to the state park’s three hiking trails and fishing piers. Right down the road from the campground is a full-service marina offering fishing boat, pontoon and pedal boat rentals.
Best RV Parks in Western, Kentucky
Here are our selections for the best RV parks in Kentucky’s western half. These awesome campgrounds offer a variety of vacation settings from peaceful retreats to exciting family-friendly resorts.
Diamond Lake RV Resort
Located in Owensboro, Kentucky, near the Indiana border, Diamond Lake RV Resort is an all-around awesome campground. The RV park has over 200 campsites, most of which have full hookups. The sites are paved and covered by mature shade trees. Diamond Lake is open year-round.
The best part of Diamond Lake are the on-site amenities. They have several amenities typical of a high-end RV resorts, including a swimming pool, a miniature golf course, pedal boats, a basketball court, fishing and a playground. However, they also have several unique amenities, including go-kart tracks, an ultimate drift track, a theater with live music performances and a full-service grill serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Hillman Ferry Campground
Set within the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Hillman Ferry Campground is located on Kentucky Lake in the western part of the state. Hillman Ferry offers 374 well-defined lakefront and wooded sites capable of handling a variety of camping units, including large motorhomes. Full hookup sites are available. The campground is open from March to November.
The campground has several amenities to help travelers have an amazing outdoor vacation. Practical campground amenities include an outpost with basic supplies for sale, laundry facilities and a dump station. Recreational amenities include an archery range, a children’s playground, hiking trails, a boat ramp, a swimming beach, a fishing dock and a fish cleaning station.
Kentucky Lakes / Prizer Point KOA
Located just east of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, the Kentucky Lakes / Prizer Point KOA is a great alternative to Hillman Ferry for campers who prefer private resorts. The campground has over 100 RV sites with full or partial hookups. Campsites include several large pull-thru sites, as well as, waterfront sites that sit on the lake. This KOA is open from March to November.
Amenities at the Prizer Point KOA include an outdoor swimming pool, a game room, basketball courts, a dog park and a jumping pillow. There is also an on-site marina where campers can rent pontoon boats and jon boats. For more water fun, campers can visit the KOA’s Prizer Lagoon, an inflatable water park on the lake with slides and obstacles. After all that fun, enjoy a meal at the on-site floating restaurant.
Outback RV Resort
Another great camping option near Land of the Lakes National Recreation Area is Outback RV Resort. Outback RV Resort offers 86 full hookup RV campsites, most of which are paved pull-thrus. The resort is open from April through October.
Amenities at Outback RV Resort include an outdoor swimming pool, a dog park and a children’s playground. Regular activities are also held at the campground, including bingo, crafts, movie nights and themed weekends. The park also has a fish cleaning station to prepare dinners caught at the nearby lakes.
Venture River RV Park
For a family-friendly camping vacation, Venture River RV Park is definitely one of the best RV parks in Kentucky. The 50-site campground is located on-site at Venture River Waterpark. 40 of the RV park’s sites are RV campsites with full or partial hookups. Some of the RV sites back-up directly onto the campground’s lake. While the water park is only open in the summer, camping is available year-round.
The campground offers basic amenities, including bathhouses, a playground, a camp store and fishing. Campers also receive their second day free to the connected water park. The park offers tons of water slides, a wave pool, a kids’ zone for small children, snack stands and sand volleyball. Families can also rent furnished cabanas to get some shade and take break. Click here to see more thrilling RV parks with on-site water parks.
Best RV Parks near Mammoth Cave National Park
Here are the best RV parks in Kentucky within a 20-minute drive of Mammoth Cave National Park. For more details on these campgrounds, see our complete guide to tent and RV camping near Mammoth Cave.
- Cave Country RV Campground
- Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park
- Diamond Caverns RV Resort
- Horse Cave KOA Holiday
- Maple Springs Campground
Log your RV Park Stays
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Christina Pate is a seasoned full-time RVer who, along with her husband Justin, has journeyed across the US, Canada, and Mexico. Drawing from her extensive travels, RV repairs and RV renovations, she founded Travels with Ted to guide and inspire fellow RV enthusiasts. Christina is also the co-author of The Owner’s Guide to RV Maintenance and the creator of My RV Log Book.