Written by: Janette Marson
Lake Cumberland, Kentucky is the perfect place for your next outdoor adventure in camping! Whether you have a large RV or a tent, we offer something for everyone. You’ve waited all year for your camping vacation, make it something spectacular at one of our Lake Cumberland campgrounds! Here are 7 of our favorites…
Kendall Recreation Area – This is a very popular Army Corps of Engineers campground located on the Cumberland River, but within a couple minutes of Lake Cumberland. Kendall includes 83 sites with electric, dump station, restrooms and showers, lovely hiking trails and a one of a kind trout stream. This gorgeous campground is at the base of Wolf Creek Dam (which divides the Cumberland River from Lake Cumberland). Some camp sites are riverside. Open March 29 – November 25, 2018.
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park – The Lake Cumberland State Resort Park’s 129-site campground offers utility hookups, three central service buildings with showers and rest rooms, laundry facilities, two dump stations, and a grocery nearby. Open year-round. Other amenities at Kentucky’s #1 State Park include: Horseback riding, mini golf, disc golf, hiking trails, a beautiful waterfront restaurant, a large commercial marina with boat rentals.
Russell Springs KOA – It’s water, water everywhere when you stay at this campground right next to Lake Cumberland, in one of Kentucky’s most scenic recreational areas. Camp here, and it’s just a mile to the lake shore, boat ramp, boat rentals and restaurant. Lake Cumberland fishing is great, and so is cruising along the lake’s meandering shoreline. Play a set of tennis or team up for some volleyball, then cool off in the pool. The recreation hall has cable TV and plenty of video games. Pool: May 19 – September 11. Max pull thru: 75 feet. Your host: Sharon Sackos.
Foggy Bottom Campground – If you like to get away from it all, this lovely, family owned campground is perfect for you! Located just minutes from Wolf Creek Dam and the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Foggy Bottom Campground offers Year Round RV and Tent camping, complete with water, electric, laundry and bathhouse. Call 270-343-2510 for info and reservations.
Pinecrest at Lake Cumberland – Pinecrest has year round RV sites with full hookup, new bathhouse, 30 & 50 amp, cable, wifi, outdoor pool, playground, pet friendly in campground. Located just down the road from the new Lake Cumberland Marina, restaurants, attractions and great Lake Cumberland things to do.
The new Lake Cumberland Marina (Formerly Alligator II Marina) – Primitive Lakeside Camping. Find yourself at the water’s edge on one of the 16 Lake Cumberland lakeside campsites. These campsites located in the Wolf Creek Recreational Area, are complete with water spigots, shower house, picnic area, playground, and beach swimming. Enjoy Lake Cumberland up close with a great view by reserving one of these tree covered campsites today. One tent per site. Reserve early, there are only 16 sites available. Open mid May – October 1. $25 per night.
CJ’S Getaway Campground – CJ’s Getaway is a tent only campground located just up the hill from Wolf Creek Marina and created for those who enjoy the outdoors with some modern conveniences. Our mission is to get everyone outdoors and enjoy nature and make new friends along the way. The concept is very different than the ordinary camping you are used to. This lovely tent campground has a full modern bath house with sinks, toilets and showers for your convenience. There is also a charging station for your electronics. Campsites are wooded and we have maintained the brush for the privacy of our campers. Some sites on the edge of the woods for those who prefer to be in the sun. Choose your site when you arrive or reserve in advance.
Experienced campers may carve out your own site in the woods or choose one that is ready. If you have never camped before or just don’t have time or space to bring your own gear, we’ve got you covered. We offer a variety of tents, tarps, coolers, stash boxes and chairs for rent so you don’t have to go through the expense of purchasing, setting up camp, taking down camp and hauling your gear around. Please reserve these items at least 3 days before you arrive.
Group camping is welcome – some sites will accommodate 2-8 tents (depending on size of tents) so plan ahead to spend time with family and friends. The larger sites will need to be reserved ahead of your arrival-please call to confirm availability.
We are building a common area for everyone to enjoy! It is currently equipped with grills, fire pits (which you can cook on over wood or charcoal), picnic tables and cast iron pans for everyone’s use. Plenty of firewood for sale. We hope campers will gather around the campfire and share stories, experiences with other campers and make new friends. No driving is permitted on the campground for the safety of the children. Parking is available along the driveway and a turnaround for vehicles with boat trailers. Go to the CJ’s Website Here!
Get back to nature and unwind. Camping is a great way to reconnect with family and relax, and Lake Cumberland, Kentucky is the perfect place for your next Kentucky camping adventure. Be sure to get your campground reservations early, and we will see you under the stars of Lake Cumberland!
*Be sure to click the links to go directly to the Lake Cumberland campground websites. Call the Tourism Office at 270-866-4333 for additional information.