16 RV Parks near Stearns, Kentucky
Sep 2017 - $17.00
Stayed here in our 21' Travel Trailer and this place was about what we expected. It is very out of the way, in the amazingly large and beautiful Big South Fork National River Recreational Area. This is one of the two main NPS campgrounds in the area and it is more out of the way and I suspect a little less maintained.
As other reviewers have stated, the facilities are a little older and in need of some TLC. Also, many of the sites don't have a lot of shade. The park was fairly full as we were there on a weekend, though no problems with noise. We reserved online and there was a sign on our site with our name saying reserved when we arrived. We got there late in the day and were there two days and never interacted with staff or camp hosts.
We did have a small issue with our 30amp breaker tripping with AC running when my wife microwaved something. We haven't ever had this issue before, so I'm not sure if there was an issue with our site's power. Site's water spigot didn't want to stay on even with the diverter pulled down. Used a bungee cord wrapped around the handle to keep the water flowing.
Overall, we would stay here again as it is cheap and in a beautiful area, this park could become a real gem with a little love. - sjeuck
May 2016 - $9.00
This park isn't for everyone, but we were here to visit the Bartel Mine (excellent tour BTW), kayak the Big South Fork and lay over a holiday weekend, somewhere without a huge hassle and lots of noise.
This fit the bill. Clean, well-patrolled by park rangers, and plenty of shade. Very nice mostly back-in and level spots with easy, accessible hook-ups. Hosts were friendly and very helpful. - kharmaquest
Sep 2012 - $17.00
When we first got to the campground we weren't impressed. It was smaller than we thought it would be and kind of outdated, but as the day went on we liked it more.Check in was by self or campground host. It was very quiet (especially for a holiday weekend) and people were friendly. We stayed for 2 days and spent them sightseeing or hiking various trails. If we are in the area we would stay again to hike,but we wouldn't make this a main vacation point. Checking out was easy and the dump station was very easy to use.Overall,we had a good camping experience. - kycamper02
Feb 2010 - $20.00
As far as an RV park, the facility is not that great, actually probably the worst I've visited. Many if not most of the hookups are on the wrong side of the sites (as is the dump station). One site I looked at had the water hookup at least 30' from the gravel pad, on the opposite side of the picnic area. Many sites are extremely small and extremely slanted. I have a very small (16') camper, and I still don't think I could have leveled it on some of these sites without lifting both tires off the ground. Fortunately it was very cold when I was there, so I had the place to myself and was able to pick the best site. All that being said, there's a lot to recommend this park. The bathhouse was clean and well-maintained. The campground is on a hilltop, with pretty nice views if sparse shade. The lake and cabin area are a short walk from the campground. There's an unusual, interesting bat tower and playground inside main campground loop. Trail access from the campground is excellent, and the trail system is outstanding. If I were rating the park exclusive of the campground, I'd give it a 9 or 10. - Groenlo
Sep 2007 - $13.00
We took a 32' Motorhome and found a couple of sites we could use. However, they recommend no more than 25'. This park has hiking trails that are beautiful and a nice pool, within walking distance. The park people are very helpful. - morrison
Sites: 181 | Recent Rate: $$$$ | 26 Reviews
Nov 2017 - $11.00
Peaceful and quiet park, electric/water only (some 50A), direct access to hiking trails and short drive to many more. We stayed in sight B11 and were able to lock on to satellite from our rooftop system from this site.
Park entry is from Leatherwood Rd and I cannot stress strongly enough that big rigs should approach along a west to east route from Jamestown. Do not attempt to take the route from Oneida to the campground unless you just want to test your skills on off camber switchbacks with close rock outcroppings. I am not saying it can't be done as I am sure many frequent users know the proper line to take to navigate it. If you are visiting for the first time in a 40 foot plus rig arriving at dusk in the rain, heed my advice.
We stayed a week and had one of the three loops to ourselves. I am not a horse person, but this place is set up well for that. We bought firewood from the park's self-serve near horse barn #4. The leaves were changing the first week of November and it was a beautiful place. Recommend to wear bright colors if hiking this time of year as hunters are in the woods. - Gpndavid
Oct 2017 - $22.00
This is a beautiful park with lots of hiking trails. Clean, well maintained. Spacious sites; definitely a top 5 for us. Only cons: there's only 3 50A sites (Poor connection on the 50A at our site); no sewer hookups so bring a tote for a long weekend. Dump site at the entrance. - joshjack
Jun 2017 - $11.00
Bandy Creek is a beautiful, extremely well maintained park with numerous RV sites, most were shady. Nice clean rest rooms and showers are situated in all three RV camping areas. W&E were conveniently located at each site. Large gravel picnic area with fire ring, table and lantern hook. Parking pads were fairly level. After 5 registration was easy; pick a site and honor system envelopes. - Texas E-S
Oct 2017 - $30.00
We have a 24 foot van and these are extremely small spaces length wise. Width wasn't so bad in the space and it is nice in the forest but so surprised how small and very little space to back your RV in to spot. - Scooterd16
Jun 2017 - $34.00
Originally had site # RV23, Arrived to a packed campground, unable to back into our site and had to be moved to a "walk up" site. Park is old. Sites are very very small cannot even fit a 20FT TT. Sites are very uneven. The area attraction itself is not taken care of. Cumberland Falls is the area attraction and there is trash everywhere you look. I would look elsewhere for a spot to stay. The staff are friendly enough for a state park but this place needs updated or put on the map as a tent location ONLY. No RV should have to squeeze in here. - jonk90
Sep 2016 - $30.00
Sites very close and very small. Water and electric hookups while there, are between 50 and 75 feet from pad. We have a 24.5' 5vr - and the 30' pad really was 21', and the back end of the trailer would've been left hanging and unsupported over the cliff. Perhaps a great site for very small TT, popups and tent camping - but not suitable, at all for other than that. Great camp hosts and friendly folks. - KB Farms
Jul 2017 - $22.00
The site required levelers for the RV, but it was impossible to set the picnic table Level on a hill. Nice shade tree, but unable to use our satellite. Limited local channels. Electric hookup was inadequate. We were allowed to select our site from a map of available sites, after asking for a 30 amp, and water. Had we known that the electric hookup for our site was shared with the adjacent site and only had one 20, one 30, and one 50 amp plug, and the 30 amp was already in use, we would have gone elsewhere. The electric and water were also on the opposite side of our RV hookup. Had to use a heavy duty long cord and hook up to the 20 amp. Discovered later while walking that the electric sharing sites were only in one part of the park. There were empty sites that were not made available to us. - Texas E-S
May 2017 - $20.00
The park sits on an island. The park contains 94 campsites with electric and water hookups and a dump station and some tent sites. Some sites are max 30 amps, some 50 amps. We could not determine a pattern. Also beware that some sites have shared utilities, whoever gets there first, gets the 50 amp plug. And the utilities were on the wrong side for us.
During our stay we found the bath houses are kept clean. Roads and pads are paved and each has a lantern pole, picnic table, sitting area and fire ring. Sites vary in size and levelness. The campground is hilly and the road in is narrow, but doable in a big rig. No WiFi, Verizon service strong. You can hear a train, but it never was so loud it woke us up. Also sharing the island is a 18 hole, nice golf course and marina and boat ramp. The pool is no longer in use and is now just an eyesore. - cincychic
Oct 2015 - $17.00
This is a wonderful park that we enjoy staying at, on an island in Lake Cumberland. Most of the sites are down in the trees with a few open and sunny. Some sites have an electrical box that has to be shared, with 50 amp and 30 amp for whoever gets there first. Easy to access laundry facilities. Lots of shopping about 10 miles to the North in Somerset. The only downside with this park are the never ending train whistles, and we love trains. Burnside is actually listed as a top place to watch trains, in some railroad books, but it's a major crew changing point and there are whistles all night long. We usually have to have the windows closed, fans on, even earplugs, to get a good nights sleep. The Stearns scenic railroad is also about 25 miles to the South. It is a beautiful resort State Park however, with a huge marina nearby. The sound from the train seems to travel from the large bridge across Lake Cumberland,down the water, to where the park is. - elduque
Sep 2006 - $22.00
Campsites are not level and are grass and dirt. The setting is very nice - the lake was pretty low when we were there. The staff is very nice. There is a playground for kids. This would be a nice destination park for kids and families visiting Cumberland Falls State Park. - Bearpup
Sep 2017 - $30.00
We were here for a week. Site was a grassy pull through that was fairly level. Utilities were good. We were there beside our best friends who were born and raised in the area so we mostly spent the week with them showing us all the sights. The park only has about 9 sites for transients as it is 98% permanent residents. Close to Somerset which has all the eating and shopping places you might need, - zrxh14
Aug 2015 - $35.00
The price increase of $50 (to $210) per week makes this park a much less favorable place to stay. We've stayed here many times in the past. There are several other parks in the area much less expensive. I was disappointed at the number of very loud motorcycles here this time. Park seems to be moving towards more long-term residents. No trees so excellent satellite reception. - davedopp
Sep 2014 - $30.00
A nice clean campground near Woodson Bend. Management very friendly and helpful. Very quiet. Relatively level sites, mostly gravel with some grass spots. I would stay there again. - coolz4
Oct 2016 - $27.00
There are two areas in which one can camp at Conley Bottom Marina. One area has a full service hook-up plus cable. The other area houses both primitive and RV sites with electric and water. The Sassafras area offers full service and the sites are spaced further apart than the ones in the main campground. Conley Bottom is in the process of replacing old electric boxes and water spigots which have added to the aesthetic of the camping sites. Both camping areas offer a beautiful view of Lake Cumberland. We enjoy camping there from April to October but our favorite time to camp is during the Halloween Campout. Most campsites decorate for the occasion. There are also "extras" during this time such as the chili cook-off, a golf cart parade (the only time golf carts are permitted), and live entertainment. - 2emsmom
Apr 2013 - $16.00
I stayed for a reduced price in their off season. I was the only camper in the W/E loop, but there were several in FHU area. Level, shady sites overlook several boat mooring buildings and the marina with store, cafe, and restrooms. Looks to be a busy place during summer. Well maintained and everything in working order. I used the on-site laundry. - T
Jul 2016 - $13.00
Nice campground. Very quiet, no playground. Has beautiful views of Lake Cumberland from every site, but no access except boat ramp (no swimming) and stairs at far end of campground. Water up, lots of trees and trash floating by shore, but some families swam off the steps anyway. Really good swimming spot not far at Pulaski County Park. Basically in downtown Somerset, great location. But, really steep hill to get to it, and if you meet someone else towing, narrow road. Would not go back just because of the hill and lack of good access to water for swimming. I have a 16 year old, 30 ft class A, and was not comfortable with the hill. One weird thing, the water and electric are at what I would consider the front of the site, in this instance, on the lake side. So, if I had backed in as expected, my door and awning would have faced the road, not the nice view. So I pulled in forward and used extensions. Believe most of the sites are like that. The dump is at the top of another steep hill. By the time you are at the dump, your vehicle is headed back downhill. I dumped at General Butler State Park, not far from there. $3, and totally flat. - solo woman
May 2016 - $12.00
Mostly lakefront, but not lake access sites. You gotta drive to a loop at the end of campground and turn around back towards gate in order to back into site. Sites mostly level. Dump station is the cockeyedest set up I ever seen. It's up a short steep hill which can only be approached from outside the gate. Most units must be parked slightly down hill in order to dump. Fairly decent CG once you get past the traffic flow and dump station set up. I would not recommend it for long trailers or 5th wheels. We in a 30-footer and it was near maximum turning length for the roads. - ebaldy
Jun 2014 - $20.00
There is a very steep, windy hill to go down to the campground. Be careful of boats coming up and the reverse on exiting. Most sites have at least a view of the lake. All sites are gravel with a fire ring and water and electric only. Some sites are up a steep hill by the shower house. This is also where the dump station is located. Large campers cannot get up the hill. The showers are old with timed water but clean. A button has to be pushed frequently to get the water to flow. Some visitors are very inconsiderate and leave their cars and boats on the road with little room for campers to get through to their spots. The host and volunteers are very nice. - DisneyGirl
Jul 2015 - $40.00
Nice size for big rigs. Close to the Cumberland Falls. White water rafting trip is very easy for all ages, it's no where near the rides I've taken on other rivers. Very nice area just to drive around and hike the many trails in the park. We also did the horseback tour next door through the woods and had some great views and photo ops.
Only pull through sites have full hookup, but there is a dump station by the office for the rest of the sites the are water and electric only. Same owner here since 1985. - Oceanblue
Jun 2012 - $30.00
The RV sites are very basic. This is a hikers or white water rafting paradise. They have recently added RV facilities and these will get better. They offer shuttle service to the various hiking locations. It is the best place to stop if you have a big rig and want to visit Cumberland Falls State park as the park is not "Big" rig friendly. Shade is limited and sites are gravel. - A hitch and hop