When you think of Kentucky, you may not think of beach towns. For states along the coast, there are sure to be tiny waterfront towns that dot the beaches, but here in Kentucky, we are more known for rolling hills, mountains, and lakes. Luckily, some of those lakes happen to have welcoming beaches, and even a beach town or two. If you’ve vacationed along Kentucky Lake, perhaps you’ve heard of the small Kentucky beach town of Gilbertsville. Located right next to the Kentucky Dam, this city is all about the water and it’s definitely a tiny beach town that you may not have heard of yet, but it makes for one of the best beach vacations in Kentucky.

Gilbertsville is one of several towns around Kentucky Lake to spend time on the water, and it really does have it all. Do you think this town offers some of the best beaches in Kentucky? What other lakefront towns do you love? Let us know in the comments!

For more information, visit the Moors Resort and Marina and Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park websites.

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Beautiful Beach Town in Kentucky

What are some of the most beautiful beach towns in Kentucky?

Kentucky has many beautiful bodies of water -- from majestic lakes to winding rivers -- which means many of our cities and towns are close to the adventure the water provides. But there are a few delightful beach towns in Kentucky that are nestled right along the banks of a lake, river, or stream, making them the perfect spot for a charming day trip. Grand Rivers, known as the Village Between the Lakes, is a water-lover's paradise. With designated walking trails, marinas, and nearby Land Between the Lakes, you'll never get bored in this Kentucky town. And make sure you stick around for an unforgettable sunset. 

What are the best beaches in Kentucky?

While The Bluegrass State might not be the first place that comes to mind in terms of beautiful beaches, rest assured Kentucky has some downright stunning shores. Some of the best beaches in Kentucky are in:

  • The Rough River Dam State Resort Park has been a beloved destination for tourists and locals since 1962. There is plenty of outdoor fun to be had here, from:
    • Exciting fishing adventures
    • Birdwatching
    • Soaking up some rays relaxing on the lakeshore.
  • Mammoth Cave, the sandy beach of Nolin Lake State Park is a great home base for exploring the area’s many recreational activities:
    • Venture out to spot waterfalls on the Briar Creek Trail
    • Get your adrenaline pumping on the mountain biking paths
    • Explore the wildlife displays at the site’s nature center

What are some charming small towns in Kentucky?

One of the most charming small towns in Kentucky, Paducah is an absolute delight. Known as a mecca for those wishing to express their creativity, it's perfectly located along the mighty Ohio River. This charming town is full of artistic flair, as well as scenic waterfront views from its historic downtown. Here you'll find wonderful restaurants, shops, and historic sites, as well as the opportunity to be near the water. According to the city's website, Paducah is home to more historic markers per capita than any other city in Kentucky, so you'll have plenty of exploring to do! This delightful place is perfect for a day trip in The Bluegrass State.