Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park is known for its extensive cave system, but it also has a fine backcountry trail system. Backcountry camping is permitted along the trails, but a permit needs to be obtained from the ranger before doing so. The permits are available at no cost. The trails are open year-round.
Phone: 270-758-2180
Address: 1 Mammoth Cave Pkwy Mammoth Cave, KY 42259

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Land Between the Lakes

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s 170,000 acre Land Between the Lakes, in western Kentucky and Tennessee, offers some excellent opportunities for camping, day hiking, and backpacking. All hikers are required to check in at any one of the three welcome stations located in the area. Topographic maps, trail brochures, and patches are all available at the welcome centers.
Phone: 270-924-2000
Main Office Address: 100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211

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Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

A blending of wooded forest and beautiful lake awaits the camper at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, set in the Cumberland Mountain foothills of south central Kentucky on one of Kentucky’s largest man-made lakes. The park consists of 147 improved sites, most with electric and water hookups, and has two central service buildings with laundry facilities and showers. Rates are posted. The park is open April through November. There are no advance registrations, and sites are rented on a first come basis.
Phone: (270) 343-3111
Address: 5465 State Park Rd., Jamestown, KY 42629

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Kingdom Come State Park

Located three miles north of Cumberland and 22 miles northeast of Harlan, Kingdom Come State Park consists of approximately 945 acres. The park area is atop Pine Mountain and can be found north of US 119. Raven’s Rock, a massive sandstone outcrop, is located in the main park area. The park includes picnic facilities, showers, and campsites. The campgrounds are open from April 1 to October 31.
Phone: (606) 589-2479
Address: 502 Park Rd., Cumberland, KY 40823

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Yatesville Lake State Park

Located on the banks of a 2,242 acre lake, Yatesville Lake State Park provides great opportunities for fishing, boating, and hiking. In addition to several hiking trails (including a 20-miler), the park has a 27 site regular campground, with a unique twist: its 20 primitive sites are either “boat-in” or “hike-in.” If your unit is looking for a practice location for a canoe trip, Yatesville Lake might be a good location to try!
Phone: (606) 673-1490
Address: 2667 Pleasant Ridge Road, Louisa, KY 41230

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Grayson Lake State Park

This 2,712 acre park is located on fifteen hundred acre Grayson Lake. The park features 71 campsites, boat launching facilities, a beach, and hiking trails. It is located six miles south of Grayson, KY. For Scouts, this park could serve as a base camp for hiking the Api-Su-Ahts Trail. The park is open year-round.
Phone: (606) 474-9727
Address: 314 Grayson Lake State Park Rd., Olive Hill, KY 41164

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Great Meadows Campground

Great Meadows is a remote woodland campground which has a large playing field and stream nearby. Access is available to the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail. The area is four miles south of Bell Farm campground, along Bell Farm Road. Facilities include 18 camping areas, hiking, and fishing. The Raccoon Loop is open year-round. No fees are required.
Phone: (606) 376-5323
Directions can be found at the above website.

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Breaks Interstate Park

Breaks Interstate Park is located in Pike County, Kentucky, and Buchanan and Dickenson Counties, Viriania. It is unique in the fact that it is managed by both the Virginia and Kentucky Departments of Parks. It has 5 trails ranging from 0.35 to 12 miles in length.
Phone: (276) 865-4413
Address: 627 Commission Circle, Breaks, VA 24607

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Camp Blanton

Camp Blanton used to be a Boy Scout camp, but is now privately managed. The camp is located five miles west of Harlan, KY, on US 119. It has a lake, and offers boating, canoeing, swimming, and fishing opportunities. The camp also has cabins, primitive campsites, and a five mile undeveloped trail to the unusual Knobby Rock.
Phone: (606) 573-6811
Address: 4294 Hwy 840, Harlan, KY 40831

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