As the weather is beginning to cool down, these days between summer and fall are some of the most beautiful in Louisville. It’s the perfect time to take the family out for a camping trip for some outdoor exploring! Get your gear together and check out these 9 amazing campsites near Louisville that you need to visit the next time you need to escape into the Great Outdoors:

There’s still time to head out, build a campfire, and roast some s’mores… just don’t put it off for too long, or you will be waiting for a whole year to get back out there! Where is your favorite place for a campout? Let us know in the comments below!

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What are some beautiful parks near Louisville?

Just because we're in the largest city in Kentucky doesn't mean that we can't enjoy a remote and rugged park experience. For proof of this, just visit one of these beautiful parks near Louisville:

  • McNeely Lake Park. Home to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Louisville, McNeely Lake Park is located right here within city boundaries and is a favorite for many residents in the city. This park offers beautiful trails, great fishing spots, boating ramps, and sports fields. This lake offers a little bit of everything for the entire family to enjoy.
  • Laurel River Lake. Yes -- this park is admittedly a bit of a trek from Louisville, but it's worth it! Located two and a half hours away in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Laurel River Lake is a beautiful man-made lake that was built in 1977 as a reservoir of the Laurel River. There's a pristine beach to swim at and the water is amazingly clear and clean. While you're in the area, you should also check out Cumberland Falls!

Are there any places for glamping in Louisville?

Yes! One of our favorite spots for glamping in Louisville is Progress Park. This 12-acre campground is unlike anything else in the Bluegrass State — it’s a glampground getaway situated within Kentucky’s largest city. The campground has five vintage Airstreams, a bunkhouse, and two houses available for overnight rentals. These Airstreams are luxury glamping at its finest, offering guests all the comforts of home - and more! With wonderful amenities and next-level features for guests, Progress Park is easily the Disneyland of Kentucky campgrounds.