Rustic camping in Kentucky can be a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts who prefer to get in touch with Mother Nature without renting a cabin. We covered relaxing
campsites previously, but the list just wasn’t long enough. Camping options are virtually unlimited in this state, depending on what you require. If you are looking for an actual site with hook ups and a grill, you will find each of these wondrous spots fit the bill. If you like the primitive aspect of camping, you will find you have so many options that making a decision could be a challenge.
11. Carter Caves State Resort Park at 344 Caveland Drive in Olive Hill
There are an abundance of comfortable camp sites available for those with an RV or camper. Primitive campers can take their pick of the lush landscape surrounding the area. Campers have access to the benefits of the park, like cave tours and the 9-hole golf course, should they choose to play.
10. Cave Run Lake at 2375 Kentucky 801 in Morehead
You can get all the details here about the surrounding campsite options. This information center has everything you need to know about camping in the area, including maps of the sites. This is a great place to relax and get away from the city for a rendezvous with nature.
9. Green River Lake State Park in Campbellsville
The campgrounds have both primitive and modern sites. The areas readied for RV and campers are beyond reproach with electric and water. The primitive sites in the campground can vary, but if you look around you will easily find a site that fits your needs and provides an ambiance.
8. Lake Cumberland State Resort Park at 5465 State Park Road in Jamestown
There are multiple different campgrounds in this park offering primitive camping and hookups. Campers have access to acres of beautiful scenery and the lake itself. You can spend the night in a campsite and spend your afternoons fishing for supper or swimming in the lake before a picnic.
7. Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park at 998 Levi Jackson Mill Road in London
Levi Jackson is a perfect spot to camp out with friends, family or both. The area is plentiful and the campgrounds have a pool, pioneer home replicas and lots of hiking trails. The scenic beauty will make you feel completely at peace with Mother Nature.
6. Nolin Lake State Park at 2998 Briar Creek Road in Mammoth Cave
This forested park provides plenty of natural cover and beautiful spots to relax in nature. You can camp near the lake and catch your dinner, or head out into the woods. Whatever your choice, you will find everything you need here for a modern or primitive camping experience.
5. Otter Creek Outdoors in Brandenburg
This park is more than 2,600 acres of Mother Nature in all her finery. You can fish, swim, hunt, hike or bike trails and even go horseback riding. There are plenty of primitive camping sites available or you can find one of your own if you happen to be hunting.
4. Taylorsville Lake State Park at 1320 Park Road in Mt. Eden
Back in the early 90s we’d camp out under the stars here and start fishing early. This is one of the quietest parks I’d ever seen back then. Things have gotten more modern and more campsites are now available. The lake has some great fishing, but watch out for Bluegill. They are plentiful and love to steal bait.
3. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park at 91 Bartlett Park Road
This is a favored park visited by many. It offers history and modern technology, along with most things in between. The entire area is incredibly beautiful and overflowing with wildlife and water fowl. During peak seasons you may need to call ahead for this one, as the serenity and adventure it offers is well known.
2. Land Between the Lakes at 238 Visitor Center Drive in Golden Pond
There are 170,000 acres of gorgeous land that is perfect for hiking, water sports and camping. You can choose from hundreds of spots offering electrical hookups and water, or go for a more rustic setting of your choosing. The area itself is magical, and provides many a perfect spot to enjoy the ambiance.
1. Prizer Point at 1777 Prizer Point Road in Cadiz
This sits beside Lake Barkley, which makes it an ideal spot to camp out in nature. You can rent a houseboat and sleep on the water instead of on land if you choose, which is really cool. There are plenty of primitive spots that still allow access to things like paddle boats, kayak rental and a variety of other water sport activities. On land you can hike, bike, play basketball, volleyball or ride in paddle carts.
These are just a few of the gorgeous spots to enjoy rustic camping in Kentucky. The beauty of Mother Nature is abundant here, so what campgrounds would you recommend?