LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry

     


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

Sites: 380
Recent Rate: $28 6/2013


Latitude: 36.9465238164693
Longitude: -88.1807928085982

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • yes-lake Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview

27 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

westie0506

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

Date of Stay: - $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: - $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: - $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: - $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: 60
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: - $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: 99
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: - $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: 0

Date of Stay: - $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: - $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: 381
States Visited: 52
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: - $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: - $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: - $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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safariflos

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

Date of Stay: - $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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kdgran

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

Date of Stay: - $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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MaineDon

Review Count: 152
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

I thought this was an excellent park. Big, well-placed, sites, many with water view or waterfront. It has boat launches, swimming beaches, hiking/biking trails, an archery range, camp store with friendly staff, etc. etc. A lot for a national/federal park. There are a number of seasonal sites, but we found them to be well-kept. We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Fifth Wheel.

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andrews4

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

We can't wait to return to this park. Terrific campground, quiet, tall trees, everything clean. Plenty of bike and walking trails. Camp hosts were friendly and helpful. We camped at LBL National Recreation Area / Hillman Ferry in a Motorhome.

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