These 10 Rustic Spots In Kentucky Are Extraordinary For Camping
By Jenn Shockley|Updated on April 15, 2023(Originally published April 10, 2023)
I am somewhat a cliche'. I grew up running around barefoot on a farm in Kentucky.
I love writing, art, sunshine, all animals and my incredibly patient husband, who tolerates my "crazy animal lady" side.
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. Here are the most beautiful places for rustic camping in Kentucky:
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?
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What are the best state parks to visit in Kentucky?
Kentucky State Parks are pretty much the cure-all for everything. Do you need a relaxing retreat in nature? Head to any of the amazing Kentucky State Parks. Looking for some epic outdoor recreation? Kentucky State Parks! And when you’re looking for a place to get away from it all, well, the Kentucky State Parks have you covered there, too! Kentucky State Parks are well-rounded destinations, offering amazing attractions, amenities, and accommodations. The following are some of our favorite state parks that make for the ultimate getaway in Kentucky:
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park. Yes - you can go camping the sites listed above, but did you know Lake Cumberland State Resort Park has resort-level accommodations? The Houseboat Capital of the World makes for an amazing vacation destination; the park's cottages and lodge all well-appointed with wonderful amenities... and a front-row seat to the area's unrivaled natural splendor!
General Butler State Resort Park. An often-overlooked hidden gem in Kentucky, General Butler State Resort Park has a massive menu of amazing accommodations, from cozy cottages to a well-appointed lodge (check out that pool!). The lobby of the lodge, as well as the restaurant within, offers sweeping views of the Ohio River Valley. The park is perched atop a hill and boasts a one-of-a-kind view of the convergence of the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers, for a wholly unique and scenic experience!
Natural Bridge State Resort Park. In one of the most resplendent regions of the Bluegrass, you'll find Natural Bridge State Resort Park. You'll experience Red River Gorge like never before at Hemlock Lodge, a place that offers unrivaled views and a cozy, downright luxurious experience. After a day spent exploring this wondrous place, a night of rest and relaxation is the perfect way to savor the splendor that is Natural Bridge State Resort Park!
Pine Mountain State Resort Park. Pine Mountain State Resort Park is a place that doesn't get as much attention as its Kentucky State Park siblings, but that's okay, because it simply means you'll have this little slice of paradise all to yourself! Kentucky's *first* state park, Pine Mountain is known for its unrivaled outdoor recreation and immense scenic splendor. You'll feel the charm and history when you enter the main part of the lodge -- and be sure to dine at Mountain View Restaurant, a place that offers both incredible food and vistas. The park's lodge has 30 guest rooms, each with their own private patio or balcony to enjoy the mountain views, and you can also opt to stay in a secluded log cabin or rustic cottage, too.