11 Parks near Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
May 2016 - $35.00
The park was clean and well kept. Sites are large and level. Plenty of room between the sites. There are no pull thru sites but we have plenty of room to back in. No local stations were available through Direct TV. The host was friendly but not overly helpful. We would definitely stay here again! - Marley B Jones
Sep 2015 - $27.00
Mammoth Cave, KY - Nolin Lake State Park - Great state park! Sites are very large with a good amount of spacing between them. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring and the driveway and patio are made of the fine gravel. Some sites have view/access to lake for fishing. Site are W/E only with dump station. Have bath house looked nice but did not use. Have basketball and volleyball and several places to fish. Outside the rv part of campground is a beach and primitive/picnicking area as well as a boat ramp. Verizon signal was decent better than expecting. Roads getting to park are your regular roads to a lake so no surprise and in good shape. Have a very small selection of items at registration office and sell firewood and ice. - CmcDowell
Jun 2015 - $26.00
I hesitate to write a stellar review for this campground, as it might mean that more people will go there. ;-) There are only 32 sites, all with water and electric. It's a newer park (in comparison to most state parks), and the sites are so large and nice; finely crushed limestone bordered by buried landscape timbers are the base for each site. Most of them were actually excavated, and the extra dirt was used to create small mounds between some of the sites. We had THE premium site in the property, all of about 15 steps to a little, stone 'beach' area from our site, lot #21, which is huge. Every site is level, and each has a picnic table, lantern post and fire ring with cooking grate. Good and bad news- there is no OTA television, and ZERO cell signal on AT&T. Driving to the entrance to the campground you can get a slight signal. The state's web site says there is a small camp store on the property, but we were told no, that is incorrect. There is a pretty good little country store about 3 miles away that has groceries, hardware, bait, ice, gas, etc. (it's surprisingly large and well-stocked). Camp office sells firewood. Shower is the cleanest, nicest we've seen. Campground has an overnight mooring area for boats, and a public beach that you can walk to. It's a small, clean, quiet campground, on a beautiful lake. We rented a pontoon boat at the closest marina, which is a 30 minute drive (only 10 minutes from the campground across the lake, though). No fee to enter the park, as we're accustomed to in Indiana. The drive to get there is the worst part, as state roads in Kentucky are little more than most county roads in other areas. It's 45 minutes off the interstate on rolling, winding roads, but for us, it was worth the drive. We'll go back as soon as we can, but the lakefront sites are booked for months...! - fastalker64
Jun 2013 - $10.00
I frequently use COE campgrounds, but this one will not be on my return list. It isn't a bad one and would do OK for week-end of family camping. For me, there were too many annoying, pet peeves negatives. First, the interior roads are laid out like a go-cart track: circled, narrow, and curvy. Big rigs can maneuver on them, but it is best to pay attention. There were overhanging tree branches along some parts of the roads and over some sites. Most sites have some degree of sloping; although, none are drastic. The space between sites is less than most COE parks. The hook-up locations are not standard. My site had power on one side and water on the other. All of the lake side sites lack utilities. The noise from someone doing weed eating started at 7:45 am. The roads leading to the park are what would be called "back roads". They are narrow, without a shoulder, hilly, and a chore to drive on with a rig of size. At the time of visit, about half of the park sites are closed due to current administration budget shortages, but that would not be the campground's fault. Now on the plus side: The location is scenic and the sites are long with a nice picnic table and fire ring. There is some nice playground equipment. The bath houses (there are several) are a bit better than average. Utilities were good. 3G cell was 3 bars. Satellite signals would depend on the site due to trees. The rate is based on an A.T.B. Access Card discount. - RLM
Sep 2012 - $22.00
We chose this location as a good jump off point to Mammoth cave, for that purpose it worked out well. This campground is pretty remote for supplies and at least 20 min from the nearest shopping area. That said, it's also a good 30 min from Mammoth cave. Our registration was fast and simple through reserve America. We were given a garbage bag and map at the park entrance and we were off to the campsite. The campsite was well kept and the area appeared to be in good repair. Our biggest problem was the cleanliness of the bath house. There were dead bugs all over, and I mean all over everything, to include the sink counter, the urinal, the toilet and the showers. As for the live bugs they weren't that much of a problem but they need to install a fan to move the air and keep bugs from settling in. The view we had from our campsite was incredible, overlook of the lake breathtaking especially the next morning when the sun came up. We would camp there again when in the area. - deuce241
Jun 2012 - $22.00
This campground is fantastic! It is located right on the shoreline of Nolin River Lake. Many people have their boats on site or on the shore, so very boat friendly. The playgrounds are all fairly new and the bathrooms are pretty good too. The showers have hot water and water pressure. There is a boat ramp near and a marina. The marina has some hot food and groceries to purchase, and also picnic tables to sit and watch the flow of people. There is not a store near by so make sure you come stocked with enough food. - campingkatie
Jun 2016 - $10.00
An older Corps park. Many sites not very level. Quite tight, compared to other Corps parks. In need of some basic maintenance (doesn't look like grass has been cut in weeks). Mostly locals who camp here often, and all seem to know each other, but lots of families and well behaved kids.
Not many sites that are big rig friendly, and a dump station that is very difficult to get in to. (We found it easier to just use our porta tank).
We generally prefer the COEs, but won't return to this one. - Mark&Jane
May 2015 - $10.00
Just like every other COE CG that we have ever stayed in, this park is clean, very well maintained, and has plenty of room in each spot. As usual for COE it is one the water with many water front spots.
This is also only 4 miles from Mammoth Caves NP. You use a free ferry to enter the park via what amounts to a back door. The way to the ferry is a bit complicated so be sure to get good directions from the people at the campground. - agesilaus
Jun 2014 - $22.00
We were totally and pleasantly surprised by how nice this place is. The sites were level, easy to get into, not piled on top of your neighbor. Had a great waterfront site and it was perfect! So very clean, well maintained. Cell phone coverage was poor at best (Verizon), but not too concerning for us. No TV reception at all. Excellent value for an electric (50 amp) and water site! - cobragt23
May 2016 - $10.00
Great spot for staying while exploring Mammoth Cave. Campground is a short walk from visitor center where all guided tours of the cave start.
If you are into birding there are many different species you can watch from your campsite. There are also miles hiking trails but make sure you take an underground cave tour. We've taken two. and hope to to back and take another.
There are no hookups so if you need AC or water at your site then check the other campgrounds in the area. Just remember it's a few miles onto the park so you will need to drive in from other campgrounds.
During the season you will need to book your stay through reserveamerica.com. Off season (check with them for dates) you can usually just drive in and pick a site.
Sites are among the trees so there is plenty of shade on most sites.
Sites are packed stone and you will need to do some minor leveling on most sites if RVing it.
IMPORTANT!!! There is poison ivy growing on the trees at almost every site!!! Be especially aware if you have small children that may go near it.
This is a National Park so they wont do anything about it.
Campground has water, dump station, and a small general store.
I gave it a rating of 8 since there aren't hook-ups on the sites (although water and dump station are available) and there's poison ivy all over the place. - Old Radios
Oct 2015 - $20.00
This NPS Park is really beautiful! It's dry camping at its best. Shade everywhere, quiet, clean, and friendly. Our 28' Allegro had enough room to maneuver the loops, but be forewarned, tree limbs are everywhere. Light scratching to your rig may occur. A $5 bundle of firewood bought at the camp store will last about an hour or so. No outside wood should be brought in due to the emerald ash borer bug. Didn't need the showers, but the price is now $3 for 10 minutes. Dump station and potable water are available at the entrance at no cost. 2 sites at the entrance are full hookup, but $50 per night. Lots are really large, all are paved. Quiet time 10pm to 6am was respected. - mjngerti
Sep 2015 - $10.00
Very typical NPS campground. The campground is very well maintained, and exceptionally clean. Our motorhome is a bit big for this old style campground. Of the non-reservable sites, many of them we could not access because of tree limbs. Satellite TV was impossible with the tree coverage. The dump and water stations are near the camp store. - simonsrf
Jul 2016 - $32.00
We stayed here while visiting Mammoth Cave National Park, about 15 minutes away. Access from the interstate is easy but the entrance road is somewhat steep when entering the park. The park is set on the side of a large hill with the parking spaces and roadways terraced into the hill. I liked the unusual layout. The roads approaching and exiting the park are asphalt. The interior roads are gravel. Our site had a large puddle in front of our door that required me to relocate slightly after it rained. The dump station on the exit road is located on the curb side, the wrong side for my trailer. I could connect with a long hose but the outlet on my trailer was on the high side, so that the tank would not completely drain. I had to exit the park then re-enter in the opposite direction so that the sewer connection would be on the downhill side. - R V Camper
May 2016 - $32.00
Most of the sites were closed for repair prior to the Memorial Day weekend so we were in the lower very open sites closest to the interstate. Lots of grass and open spaces in this lower section (8-10 sites) but no trees or shade. Pull through the sites are easy to get in to and relatively level. Down side was the hwy noise all night and the noise from the animals in the on-site barnyard. I'm guessing the roosters started crowing, the ducks quacking like crazy and the donkeys braing starting at 2:30am (probably because of the high intensity yard lights they probably thought it was morning) were more than we could sleep through. Probably the upper part of the park, that was closed at the time, is much nicer and quieter. We stayed here to visit Mammoth Caves and the Abraham Lincoln birthplace and childhood home parks. We might stay again if we could stay in the upper section. - Corona-travels
Jul 2015 - $40.00
I like this KOA but it comes with some caveats. Good things include wide enough roads to maneuver, nice pool and other activities for the kids, including a very worn mini-golf course. My only real hesitation is the lack of level sites. We stayed in one of the ten full hookup pull-throughs at the lowest level. I was able to level my 5er by lowering the nose landing gear fully. I don't like doing that, but at least I was able to get level. Some of the other campsites up the hill were laughable. Many slope both front to rear and side to side. Granted most of these were their smaller sites but still, do some leveling before graveling in these sites. We also rented one of their cabins for a few days and it was very nice for about $100 per night. Wi-Fi connected okay but seldom provided an Internet connection. Both Verizon and AT&T had good signals. There is road noise from nearby I-65 too. The KOA put on a very nice fireworks show on the 4th. I'd stay here again but be ready for leveling challenges. - Danno
May 2015 - $21.00
Tiny, quirky, and delightful! This unusual property is being revamped by new owners. We scored last minute reservations here on a busy holiday weekend when all other campgrounds were overbooked and overpriced. The property is situated around tiny rock cabins, originally built in the 1930's. Full hookup RV sites are located between and behind the cabins. A large adjacent field also accommodates tent campers. Owner and his dog, Harvey, make the rounds regularly to stop and chat and make their guests feel welcome. He even let our buddy pitch a tent in our site for no extra charge. The property is a little overgrown at the far edges, and a couple of ancient campers are scattered about waiting for renovation. But all that adds to the oddball quirkiness of the place, which we loved! One of the staff gave an aerial show with his RC planes, a group of fire jugglers entertained us in the field at night, and there was a swell fireworks display for Memorial Day. It's cute, it's odd, and it's just our style. - Flying Mantis
Jun 2016 - $11.00
If you are looking for a park to visit while checking out mammoth caves then stay here. The park is decent but old, however, the staff are SUPER friendly and helpful. When we stayed it was rather hot so the park power source was straining to keep up with the AC units going full tilt in all the rigs on the property. This is a nice park. Everything is dated. The "fitness" room and the TV room are old as well as the rooms that accommodate them. They had activities for adults and kids and a very nice pool. The mini golf course needs a major overhaul but it was fun to play. We would stay here again. - scruggsfamilyRV
May 2016 - $1.00
This is a very quiet park with lots of hills and paths to walk. The staff is very helpful and friendly. We were in the A row which backs up to the trees. Some sites are long enough for a very long rig, even our 40' fifth wheel and truck parked in line. Good but pricey WiFi at the sites. Good Verizon service. The grounds are beautifully kept. - KD7UCH
Apr 2016 - $3.00
Spent 1 week here on our way north for summer. Lovely area in Mammoth Cave Park. Golf course is pretty good and extremely affordable. Staff in campground was extremely friendly and helpful. Not much in area for restaurants unless you're looking for chain or fast food. Grocery store about 25 miles away. Lots of hiking and cave tours both at Diamond Caverns and Mammoth Caves. Lots of small towns to explore. There is a Amish community presence here. We will definitely be back. - wendie T
Jun 2016 - $16.00
This is a Really nice park! Just 2-1/2 miles from Interstate 65, the campground is situated on gently rolling land. Our site was spot on level, which was great! All the w/e hookups look brand new. There a nice little catch and release fish pond on the property. The owners are retired missionaries and very nice people. The park is all pull-throughs in the middle with back-ins along the edges. There are also tent camping sites and each campsite has its own fire ring and picnic table. A few permanent residents, but very well kept trailers. Park is well maintained; the bathrooms are a little dated but clean. - Maga04
Jun 2016 - $17.00
We were able to get a W/E site for 3 nights. A dump station is available. Park is smaller, sites are pull-thru or back-in, gravel and level. The owner is very friendly, checks to make sure all is well and provides an info sheet on nearby attractions, restaurants, stores. There is no pool, laundry or activity room, but the park is clean, wifi worked well and tv stations were fine. It is very close to Mammoth Cave NP and I65. There is a small fishing pond and field where kids can play. Would stay here again as the value is excellent. - mohocamper
May 2016 - $25.00
This campground is very close to any of the caving activities in the area. The campground was very clean and even have a pond to fish. There was open areas to walk and for children to play. The rules in the park are no bathing suits in public and no alcohol in the campground. The parking configuration of the campground doesn't lend much privacy. But there were lots of trees and grass. The Wi-Fi was satisfactory. - vtaylor
Apr 2016 - $47.00
We love this park and come back every year over our boys' spring break. They love the campground more than Mammoth Cave. :) Lots of activities! Very clean! Nice sites! - Kadavis08
Apr 2016 - $44.00
In area to tour Mammoth Cave. Decent campground, lots of activities and friendly helpful staff. Liked had heated pool open early in season. Close to whatever needed, good cable TV, internet was hit/miss ! - tncampin family
Aug 2015 - $42.00
A good location to visit nearby Caves and attractions - right on the main route. We've stayed here twice, and even though this is a resort catered to children, we enjoyed the activities and amenities as well. The campground is on a sprawling campus, with many roads, cul de sacs, and loops. Campsites are intermingled with cabins. The sites are large and big rig friendly. Full hook up sites are available for a premium fee. Overall, the camping sites are well maintained. However, the facility buildings and landscaping have taken a beating. This property desperately needs to be refreshed, as it's a busy resort and nearly always full in the summer. The staff are super helpful, and do a great job to accommodate you. - Flying Mantis
Jul 2016 - $35.00
This park is located north of Bowling Green, Kentucky on I-65. The campground is about a quarter mile from restaurants and gas stations but we stop for diesel either north or south of the exit.
The RV park is level and quiet. Train whistles are heard through the night. The showers and bathrooms were spotless and the sites were very level although all gravel. They have a large fenced in area for a dog park. It was very clean and they had bags for your use in a box. The majority of sites are pull through. - pwr
Jul 2016 - $39.00
The wifi worded once in a while, the water pressure 30psi, and loud trains at night/early in the morning were about the only negatives. - Dennis_K
Jul 2016 - $35.00
The value wasn't "bad", but I think the place is overpriced for what you get. Unreliable park wifi, meager water pressure, loud trains at night/early in the morning. I thought the water pressure problem was with my coach, but the next park we stayed at had great pressure, so it wasn't my coach. If you have a fifthwheel, you're better off pulling as far into your site as possible and parking behind your coach if there is room, unless you face the center road. To park in front of sites that face the outer road, you are supposed to drive nearly around the entire park to get to the front of your site. They do not want you driving thru an empty site and only the center road is 2-way. The staff is friendly and they pick up your trash if you put it at the front of your site. Cable worked well. They have a nice fenced dog park. Other than the trains, it is a pretty quiet place. - TH travelers