32 Parks near Gilbertsville, Kentucky
Jul 2016 - $20.00
This is a older campground that hasn't kept up with changing trends in RVing. Electric and Water hookups were a stretch to get to. We backed up almost to the end of the pad so the electric would connect. Electric held 30 amp service.
Before I go on, we stayed on a holiday weekend and the place was overrun. My guess is that under normal non-holiday times the park is large and roomy.
With the crowd, I have to give the staff a pass on the cleanliness of the bathhouses.
They are still old and in need of refurbishment.
Just driving in and out of the park was challenging with bikes and all golf carts.
Not for us. Won't be back. - Melbroo
Jun 2016 - $21.00
Nice campground, easy in and out. Large rig friendly we had a 35' bumper pull. The amenities are very dated. For this location and price: well worth it. We spent a week here while visiting my family. I have stayed here twice now and will come back. - Lost_countryboy
Jul 2015 - $22.00
This park has steadily gone downhill for the past several years. It used to be one of Kentucky's premier campgrounds but apparently budget cuts have affected it. Shower houses were dirty most of the time, park was overcrowded (it was a holiday weekend). Sites were roomy and many were level but utilities were a long way from the paved campsite. Lots of mosquitoes due to poor drainage in the campground. Small children drove golf carts and golf carts were operated all hours of the night in dark conditions. Biggest problem was $20 tents were placed in sites beside $200,000 motor homes and many campers were not really "campers," and did not use well known camper etiquette. We won't be back. - hughdogg6
Apr 2013 - $23.00
Showers and restrooms were not open, which was not disclosed to us when we checked in. Had to try multiple sites before finding one with both working water and electric. Site was nice and level. They were very nice folks and when we asked about check-out time pretty much said whenever as there was no one there. - Gail K
Mar 2016 - $12.00
We stayed in site A-71. No electric, no water, no sewer, no neighbors. It was perfect. We had a great winter view of the lake. Just don't eat the fish or drink the water. - pegleg118
Oct 2015 - $28.00
This is a huge 374-campsite park run by the the US forest service. We had a great site number 21. A lot of the sites were small and no privacy. The person checking us in had little knowledge of the place. Our site was not the 58 feet she said but shorter. It also had a large incline. The country store was very well stocked with camping supplies that were reasonably priced. It also carried basic food. We were in a 31 foot class c. - winnie1
Oct 2015 - $40.00
Decent campground, but very crowded even in off season and most of the folks in our area had zero respect for others sites and walked right through them. Lots of cigarette smokers and a lot of very smokey fires starting early in the morning going late into the evening. Very annoying. Hiking trails in the park are limited to about a 4 mile round trip loop. LOTS of wood ticks and still finding them on our dogs a day later. Loud neighbors, a ton of golf carts and electric scooters (doesn't anybody walk or hike anymore?), barking dogs chained outside made it less then a pleasant stay. The plus side? A beautiful area with many miles of great jeeping roads, great dog walking along very rustic roads, and 250+ family cemeteries with fascinating histories to explore. This was our second stay, and we'll be back, but will skip Hillman Ferry campground. - Jerry and Betsy
May 2016 - $28.00
Hillman Ferry is a large campground! It is easy to get lost if you do not have a map. Check-in was orderly for us, about five minutes. However, we checked in on the Thursday of Memorial Day weekend. When we left Friday night to go eat in Grand Rivers, the line was almost a quarter mile long, so obviously check-in was slower. Most sites are water and electric only. The dump station, which we used twice during our stay, was well set up and easy to access. Our site was in C loop and right on the water. The spacing between each site where we were was about 300 feet on both sides. Beautiful view! Be sure and read closely on the description as you reserve sites. Ours was level but the approach off the road was very steep. We saw a number of sites that were not level. As I said earlier, Hillman is a big campground. The distance to the shower house, boat dock, camp store and other places are far apart. Many people brought in golf carts to get around. The boat dock was not too busy, even on Memorial Day weekend. The shower houses were clean, the only thing I didn't like about ours was the individual shower rooms lacked a mirror. The camp store was well provisioned (no alcohol sales however!) and the NPS volunteers who staffed the store were friendly and helpful. Our campground host and hostess made a point to introduce themselves to us and let us know if we needed anything to let them know. Even though we were on the far end of the campground, we saw Park Rangers drive around our loop four times during our stay. That was a good thing as there were a number of kids on the road walking and biking. Hillman also had bands playing at the campground Saturday and Sunday nights. All in all, it was a great experience and we will return again. - Prairie Bayou
May 2016 - $32.00
Grand Rivers, KY Hillman Ferry Campground - Land Between the Lakes - Huge campground, 300+ sites. Depending on what you are looking for some primitive, electric only, W/E, and FUP's. All have picnic table and fire ring. Some loops have water view. Loop C has some water sites and some you can reserve and some walk up only. Sites are gravel, be careful reserving I would call there are no pics on site to make sure you will fit. Few level sites and some very un-level. 2 dump stations. Campground has shower houses and toilet facilities separate which I like. Shower houses are individual locked rooms which is nice and pretty clean. Didn't use toilet facilities. Roads to get to campground from Louisville, KY were great very easy to get to. Once in campground the main road is very nice but the loops to get to sites some are very narrow with trees very close to roads so just be careful - I saw everything from Class A, C, 5vers, TT, popups and tents just make sure you call for proper site. Cell phone coverage hit and miss (Verizon & ATT) loop C where we were very good but we were right on lake. Further into campground had no service. Great Outpost to purchase about anything you need from firewood, ice, food, rent bikes. Couple boat ramps and fishing pier within campground and swimming area in loop A. Also during summer months they have live bands on certain nights. Golf carts and can be used as well. Lots to do boating, fishing, hiking, mountain biking. - CmcDowell
Jun 2014 - $40.00
We had reservations at Hillman Ferry Campground for five nights the week before the 4th of July week. We canceled and left after one night. It was way too crowded for us. We were in loop-D. One complaint that I have about this campground is the lack of a policy (or lack of policy enforcement) limiting the number and size of cars, boats, and golf carts at one site. The roads in loop D are narrow and it can be a tight squeeze because some visitors parked boats and cars partially on the road. The sites in loop D were gravel, reasonably level, and close together. A large number of the most spacious and most scenic lake front sites are designated as “walk up” sites, which means that you cannot reserve them. Once claimed, a walk-up site can be held for up to 21 days, so you can expect these to be taken up to three weeks before a summer holiday. The campground and beach area looked clean and well kept. There is a well stocked camp store. I had a site with sewage hook up (D-10), but the drain was located at the front of the site, and I was unable to connect to it with the fifteen foot hose that I carry. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and it was no trouble canceling my reservation and getting a refund. - Bama Bill
Jun 2012 - $25.00
We camped here in a heat wave and their 30 amp was terrific. There are shade trees and spaces are large. It is close to Kentucky Lake with a swimming beach. We would stay here again, but no need to pay $7.50 for reservations. There seem to be plenty of spaces open. - dd2some
Jun 2011 - $21.00
Nice campground for overnight or to use as a base for local day trips. We came in after 5 and used the night registration. Left before 9 in the morning and never saw a park representative. Campground was clean and generally well maintained. - Bob F
Oct 2015 - $20.00
We made a reservation on-line; alas, ours was absolutely nothing like the picture displayed! Most all sites are in the woods and roomy; one very nice area is in an open field setting with very spacious sites. But, our site was in the forest and by the lake, which was drawn down in October, so we had an absolutely lovely view of a greenish mud hole.
Many of the sites are rather deep in ravines, mined with large deciduous trees, mainly back-ins, and tricky getting into. Ours came with nifty "tire traps" on each side of the site - fall of the edge of the site and you're doomed. We finally backed down in correctly - it was short, unlevel, with a steep entry.
CG culture. Okay, There seemed a lot of locals here from western KY. Lovely folks really, but it seemed they do crave their constant smoky campfires both day and night. Apparently, there's nothing more healthful or invigorating than waking up fresh in the morning and then immediately standing directly over the smoldering campfire, and breathing deeply. "Ahhh" - So good! Fellow campers around us seemed so delighted to smoke out the entire area, the constant toxic fog blanketed our once pleasant hollow: thick and stinky, and made it seem more like London, than western Kentucky. It forced us to keep our trailer hermetically sealed, as the constant stench was so strong and acrid, we simply couldn't breath.
On top of the fire thing, most all folks at the CG seem oddly incapable or unwilling to use their feet, for the dying art known as "walking". Most site dwellers, felt the strong desire to bring a large annoying snazzy gas powered, "camp cart". Campers - happily whizzing around aboard these noisy, fast moving, and dangerous buggies, seemed to delight in the "go-cart" activity - while lowly fellow humans, trying to move themselves under their own quiet locomotive powers, must be ever vigilantly for being run over at any moment; much like squirrels trying to cross a busy highway. - Rogue Traveller
Oct 2015 - $20.00
Stayed here for 3 nights. Site 46 was a back-in. It was easy to back our 40 footer in because the road was semi-circular and the trees were not as close to each other as on other sites. Our site was level whereas we noticed that there were a number of sites on our loop that we would have never been able to get into, either because of the trees or because the site sloped up from the road. Campground is really quite beautiful and we would definitely come back again and try very hard to get site 46 again. - Patricia Sterkowitz
Aug 2015 - $20.00
We were in the Woods Loop, Site 50. We were able to back in our 34 foot travel trailer without too much trouble - leveling was more of an issue because the site slopes upward towards the front (entrance side). A shorter trailer would have no problem. The site was beautiful - view of the canal through the trees. Not too close to other sites (some sites were VERY close to others). No sewer, no problem with water or electric (50 amp). Very wide site at the bottom, with picnic table, fire ring and utility table. Wifi (Verizon) was only 3G, but phone service was okay. Too many trees for satellite. Good location, close to town and to all attractions. - nancyj
May 2016 - $20.00
This is a good stop over for one night. The hook ups are at the rear so you may need extra hoses. The cable is quite fuzzy, but the wi-fi is very good. The site was long enough to stay hooked up. - Al and Anne-Marie
Jun 2015 - $18.00
Location is great and cement pads level. Hookups at rear of pad and require LONG cords and hoses. May have been a pleasant campground but is now rundown. Very loose registration system. Gravel interior roads are deeply rutted,many old permanent trailers along perimeter are unkempt. No extra charge for AC. Restaurant seems popular with locals.Not worth the fee, will not return or recommend. - nonadonna
Jun 2014 - $33.00
This is barely an RV park. It looks like someone started to build an RV park then quit when it was basic enough to park there. There are lots of long term residents. Many are coal mine employees who stay the week then go home on the weekend. The sites are paved. The road to the sites are on a slight hillside and had some ruts due to the rain. You come in to the restaurant to register, the waitress tells you to pick out a parking place in the middle somewhere and enjoy. The Wi-Fi was great. Power was good and water pressure was high. There seemed to be few rules, so I washed my RV and no one seemed to care. No office, no pool, no playground, nothing but a bunch of paved sites with a dumpster on one end. It is convenient to the restaurant and Patti's 1880 Settlement in Grand Rivers. I would stay again. - M & M's
Mar 2015 - $14.00
Large & quiet camping with ample facilities. Spacious. level sites along the shore or in the forest. With nice hikes and great lake-views we spent two nights here. - Eisenga
May 2012 - $0.00
While looking for a place to stay "away from it all" we ran across pictures and information about Taylor Bay. It looked like such a place, so we planned a few days in LBL based on staying here. We arrived just before dark the first night and fond most of the pads anywhere near the water were occupied. We set up on pad 27. Even with all our blocks we could not level our motorhome. After we got set up the best we could, one of the extended permit residents came over and introduced himself. He was very friendly and helpful and offered us the benefit of his extensive local knowledge. The next morning we were greeted by a herd of over a dozen fallow deer right outside the rig. Later in the day pad 20 became available. It was more shaded, more level and closer to the lake, so we moved. During the week it was fairly quiet even being almost full. On Friday night and Saturday the activity (and noise) significantly increased, but not enough to bother us. Even though Taylor Bay was not as "away from it all" or backwoods as we had hoped, we enjoyed the stay and hope to visit here again, but probably during cooler weather. I did check in on the pit toilet while there and it was fairly clean for a pit toilet. The roads leading to and inside the camping area are paved and in pretty good condition. This is a first-come-first-served, no reservations area but there was always space available during our stay. A backwoods permit is required for each person. It can be obtained from either welcome station during work hours and at some of the campgrounds after hours. We got ours at Hillman Ferry campground. After you have your permits, there is no charge for camping. There is supposed to be a 14 day limits, we were told that unfortunately that was not being strictly enforced. - Nomads_2
Jul 2010 - $1.00
Primitive campground. No hook ups, vault toilet and boat ramp with small dock. Beautiful area, water front sites and good paved road access. Only fee is annual $20.00 back country camp pass. Can be purchased at north or south entrance to Land Between the Lakes. - byoung
May 2014 - $10.00
Small campground on Lake Barkley in the trees. A little rough around the edges but had lots of beautiful birds. The hosts were very nice but the computer took an extremely long time to register us. As we began showering at 8AM, the cleaning woman came in, plugged in her religious country music and began cleaning. Each sink she rinsed, each toilet she flushed, resulted in a change in water temperature and pressure. Hey COE, it is not okay to scald your patrons! Here's a novel idea - schedule a time for cleaning the restrooms so there's no conflict. Here's another - install regulators on the showers. The bath house appears old and has had many repairs but everything worked. We camped here with friends. The lawn between our sites and the lake had very deep ruts from vehicles being driven on the wet ground. One of our sites was impossible to level in. About half the sites would present a leveling challenge. Smaller campers would do better here. Sites 23-26 are on a loop and more private. Each site had two tables, one conveniently near the fire pit. No trash cans in camping area, you must take it to the dumpster by the dump station. - L. Allen
Aug 2010 - $12.00
Very small COE park, busy on weekends with locals but quiet during week. Wonderfully friendly and helpful workcampers/staff. Rate is with Senior Pass. Nice gravel sites, most with lake front access, good if you have boat. Stable electric, good water pressure. All sites accommodate small to medium size tents, trailers and RVs. Park is not really for big rigs. Only a couple sites fit big rigs and you must be very careful backing into sites due to large ditches on either side of the narrow main road. Don't believe what Reserve America says about the site length: call and talk to the park personnel directly. You need to be part mountain goat to use a couple of the pull through sites. Swimming area is mucky, needs sand in beach area and is full of goose droppings. Small playground for kids but nothing else. Too many trees for satellite. Bathrooms/showers older but clean. Sign posted says: “Please keep doors closed to keep out snakes.” OOOWWW!!! - paularonson
Jul 2008 - $20.00
We camped here in site #6 in a 32ft TT. The site has a beautiful view of the lake. The camp site is very level on a chip gravel surface. The camp site is rather tricky getting into due to the narrow camp drive. Some of the other spots looked very hard to get into some big campers might have some trouble. The bathrooms were very clean but need some shelves in the bath stalls so you can set shower stuff on. Beach is yucky, so you probably want to go to the Kentucky Dam's beach to swim. There isn't a whole lot to do for younger kids the campground has a slide and another child's playground toy. (Manual merry go round.) Dumping can be a pain as you have to make a circle to get back around to the dump station, but the dump station looks new. This is a great campground if your bringing your boat because it has two boat ramps and extra parking but that parking is a short distance from the camp sites. Nice campground for people without children or children that have enough patience to sit and fish. PS: Fishing from the bank was great. - kwnd623