Golden Pond, Kentucky

LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry

Golden Pond, Kentucky



Golden Pond, Kentucky
Phone: (270) 924-2000

Sites: 380
Recent Rate: $25 8/2015

Latitude: 36.9465238164693
Longitude: -88.1807928085982

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $1.25 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 1.25
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

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27 Reviews

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starcraft Travelers

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground most sites are gravel, some pullthroughs are tight and not easy for big fifth wheels. The scars on the trees attest to the fact that not all drivers are equal. Clean rest rooms, nice separate shower facility. We stayed in section D water and electric site D-02 right next to the restrooms, very close fit pull through for my 18' trailer. First week of August during mid week and the campground is only 10% full. The diversity of sites is amazing, there are some that I definitely could not park my trailer on. Most sites are flat but have a grade either to the road or away from it. It rains a bit here. There are quite a few seasonal setups. Apparently you can get a seasonal rental from the Forest Service which maintains this National Recreational area. I got a discount with my Access pass. The staff and workers were very courteous. We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Kaz

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our second trip to Land Between the Lakes, the first being a trip to Piney Campground in 2007. LBL is a National Recreation Area, which means that just about anything you can think of that has to do with the outdoors is available here: hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, ORV'ing, swimming, boating. On top of that there's a nature center, planetarium, visitor/history center, plus an elk and bison preserve. And, if that's not enough, the area is just plain beautiful. LBL is definitely worth visiting. The campgrounds are similar to what you might expect at Corps of Engineers or State Park facilities: mostly water and electric sites (with some full hook-up and some tent sites). The sites vary from pretty secluded and surrounded by trees, to pretty much cheek-to-jowl adjacent to other sites. From what we saw, all of them would be fine--none of them were so jammed together, so un-level, or so difficult to maneuver that we would have moved to a different site. We stayed at Site C63 in our 31' motorhome, which was water and electric, gravel, and huge, and my two sons brought their pop-ups and stayed in C62 and C61. The stretch along these three sites was medium-steep, and somewhat tight, but acceptably manageable. I agree that some sites would not be suitable for larger motorhomes, but the reservations/check-in people were very friendly and helpful and I assume they'd get one into a proper site. If you like COE campgrounds, you'll like this. I've rated the campground an 8 only because it's a government campground in Kentucky. It just can't be a 10. But I would say that the it is 100% max'ed out on what it can be. We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Definitely do the planetarium, elk and bison preserve, and nature center. Little kids especially will enjoy the nature center, with lots of activities and hands-on exhibits, at least if they like holding snakes, touching bones and other animal parts, and handling things like (no kidding) a H-U-G-E Madagascar hissing cockroach!

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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westie0506

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived without reservations and were given first come, first served site in the T section with full hookups. I would not call the sites huge and the driveway area could be tight with all the vehicles parked at each one. Our site was gravel and level, but there are a few that are concrete. We did not use the bath house in the T section. We launched the kayak near the swimming area because of the huge boats and wake at the other boat launch. We enjoyed the area and also took the Honker Trail hike - but the mosquitos were AWFUL. Everyone said the rain had really brought out the bugs. I would recommend buying fuel and supplies before arriving as the area is remote to shopping and somewhat expensive. We would return, if in the area. We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Fifth Wheel.

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MsLucy

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice. I would have rated a 10, but we did not use the restrooms or laundry so do not know about them. Area is quiet and undeveloped. We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Motorhome.

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stevebotts

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Upon arriving we found that we could not get into the site we had reserved. While the website indicated a 115 foot drive, 60 feet was straight downhill. We were then given a first come, first served site in the T section with full hookups. The site was gravel and level. Much more suited to our 38 foot fifth wheel. I would say that all the sites in the A section are for small units, and would highly recommend a call to the campground instead of using the website when reserving. The staff seemed to know all the sites and can make a more realistic assignment. The area is an outdoor mecca. Wonderful kayaking, biking and hiking. The showers in the T section were outdoor showers but the bathhouse in the D section did have private showers. We did not use either, except to take cover during a tornado alert. We would definitely come again but only in the T or D section. We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Fifth Wheel.

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BbTrombone

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The park is an impressive development over a vast expanse along the lake. The first thing noticed is no big motorhomes, mostly trailers, fifth-wheels and a few class B and C’s. The second noticed thing is how hilly it is in places. Sites here may have long steep back-in ramps. There are some pull-through sites. Expect to do some creative leveling. The electric was excellent on this Memorial Day packed camp. Water pressure was also good. Cell phone was coverage spotty. The beach in the A area is very nice. The individual shower rooms were modern. This is a justifiably popular camp ground which attests to the continuing expansion for more sites and to accommodate larger rigs. If you have a long rig, it is strongly advised to consult with the excellent staff about where to go and the impossibly tight places to avoid. We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Motorhome.

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padre44

Review Count: 64
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate is Golden Pass. Limited sites with water to RV until April 1. Restroom and showers in area we were in were closed. Rain prevented us from enjoying all the scenery area offered. We left after only one night although had paid for two. We would like to try again in better weather. No TV channels via antenna. We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Motorhome.

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PegL

Review Count: 103
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

First of all, this is not a Corps of Engineers campground. The COE is "Canal Campground" in Grand Rivers, KY. We thought we were stopping at the COE park and ended up at Hillman Ferry. It was OK for a one night stop but they put us in site #60 which required a very tight turn and then backing down a very narrow incline to get in the site. The site was big but getting in it was a challenge! The section of the park we were in (we arrived without reservations and took what we could get) was crowded and most sites were nearly on top of each other. This site is right next to the beach area which means this site became a walkway for several children in the area. No big deal unless it bothers you but it was rather intrusive. The other end of the campground had some pretty sites but they are really close together. It seemed more like a private campground than a National or State Park. The rate we paid was with a senior discount. The check-in people were very friendly and helpful. We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Travel Trailer.

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nina_70

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

When we arrived at this campground we immediately decided to stay longer than planned. Hillman Ferry is one of the most developed National Forest campground I’ve ever seen. The sites are nice, level, large hard gravel pads and there’s a complete selection from full hook-up to primitive, heavily wooded to fully open lake-view. By far the prettiest (in our opinion) sites are the water-front ones in Section C1 and C2, although all the sites are decent. A portion of the sites are auctioned off for the season each year (and occupied by long-term campers) but the prime sites are kept open and reservable. The area is fairly quiet during the week, but does tend to fill-up on the weekend so book ahead if you want a lake view. We parked here in a 40-footer and had no problem navigating the roads or sites along the C loops. We spent some lovely days here watching the sunset over the lake, hiking and playing in the water with our doggie. We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Motorhome.

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this_campground_sucks

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground has always been fun in the past, nice for family outings. Management has been a little overzealous in recent years though. They act like it's a really secure place, which basically just means that the check-in procedures often takes at least 45 minutes on a busy holiday weekend. I've never seen any campground anywhere have such inefficient check-in procedures. Fact of the matter is that anybody can drive halfway down the access road and park, get on the paved bicycle trails, and walk right in then have full run of the place. It's not nearly as secure as they want you to believe. It keeps the unpaid and unregistered cruisers out, that's about it. They used to allow everybody to hang out at the basketball courts as late as you want. It was awesome for summer nights for the younger crowd. Now they don't even turn the lights on, which just means all the teenagers are hanging out in shady scattered spots instead of all in one place with spotlights on them. Just some really backwards thinking going on there. Although they're a little misled on the security, most of the employees are nice except for a few of the check-in guys, especially if they are an intern. Most recently they are old volunteers though so that doesn't seem to be an issue anymore. We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Tent.

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Bob and Inga

Review Count: 392
States Visited: 52
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Golden Age rate for 50 amp electric only. We were in A loop, beware going too far into this end. It gets real tight with steep side roads. Not a good place for MH's or any large rig. This loop is mostly side hill. Lots of slope to the sites. The first site we were assigned had 18" of grade between our axles. Moved to A4 and blocked the front tires. Golden Age discount is a flat $6, or half of a basic no hookup site. Then prices vary by amps, water or not and sewer. Verizon broadband had no signal, cells were usable, but spotty. TV via batwing was mostly good. We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Motorhome.

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byoung

Review Count: 36
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

We extended our stay for 10 nights. Limited activity this early in the season, which we enjoyed. Hosts were very helpful and pleasant. We know the campground will be very crowded in later months, however, perfect in early spring and late fall. We will return during the same seasons. We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Motorhome.

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Hargergirl

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped here on our way to Arkansas. There are many camp areas. We were along the lake. The sites here were back in. There is a concrete pad, concrete table and fire ring. The view of the lake was great although the water level was way down. Some of the sites can be very tight and difficult to get into and some did not appear to be level but ours was OK. The showers were clean. There are individual showers which was nice. I also saw washers and dryers at the comfort stations. There is a swimming area on the lake. For the boaters with the right site you could pull your boat up to your campsite. We did go to see the bison although they were not in the bison range. If you are in the area be sure to go eat at Patti's. We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Travel Trailer.

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kdgran

Review Count: 21
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

We spent 3 nights in Area C full hook-up area. This loop is located on a hillside and can be hard to get into depending on your trailer size. I had to inch my way into the spot due to trees on the opposite side of the road prohibited getting the vehicle off the road to back into the spot. The full hookup spots in area T are closer together but are level and appear easier to get in/out of. The park was clean and an attendant is available 24 hours at the check-in station. There is also a small store on-site with the basic items. The swimming area was also relatively clean. The park does allow extended stays so you may be next to someone who appears to have brought half of their house (grills, ATVs, tents, regrigerators, etc.) I have been to nicer places, but this campground was clean and had the amenities you would be looking for around the lake. We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Travel Trailer.

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safariflos

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

(We didn't stay here), but looked it over. Plenty of sites, but wall-to-wall kids on bicycles everywhere! Sites are close together like they're trying to squeeze as many together as possible. No room for privacy. Noisy! We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Motorhome.

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