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Camping on a Budget Hazard KY

Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control.

Carr Creek State Park
(606) 642-4050
Sassafras, KY
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes

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Tailwater Campground (COE-Buckhorn Lake)
(606) 398-7220
Buckhorn, KY
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Sports Field

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Louisville South KOA
(800) 421-7116, (502) 543-2041
2433 Highway 44 East
Shepherdsville, KY
Number of Sites
200 Total Camp/RV Sites,30 30 Amp Service,126 50 Amp Service,200 Electric and Water,156 Full Hookups,90 Max RV Length,30 No Hookups,52 Pull-Thru Sites,30 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,

Indian Hills Koa
(270) 866-5616
2108 Highway 1383
Russell Springs, KY
 
Blood River Boat Dock
(270) 436-5321
207 Tacklebox Ln
Murray, KY
 
Trace Branch (COE-Buckhorn Lake)
(606) 672-3670
Hyden, KY
Campground Availability
1-May thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, REC Open to Public

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Buckhorn Dam Recreation Area (COE-Buckhorn Lake)
(606) 398-7251
Buckhorn, KY
Campground Availability
April thru 30-Sep
Services
Non Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Tennis, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Lake Cumberland St Resort Park
(270) 343-3111
5465 State Park Rd
Jamestown, KY
 
Koomer Ridge Campground
(606) 668-3146
Highway 15
Pine Ridge, KY
 
Jellystone Park Camp-Resort Mammoth Cave
(800) 421-7116, (270) 773-3840
1002 Mammoth Cave Road
Cave City, KY
Number of Sites
200 Total Camp/RV Sites,60 30 Amp Service,50 50 Amp Service,200 Electric and Water,100 Full Hookups,3 Group Sites,70 Max RV Length,40 No Hookups,50 Pull-Thru Sites,48 Total Rental Units,15 Seasonal,60 Sideouts,30 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Dump Station,Firewood,Fenced Pet Area,Group Area,Handicapped Restroom Facilities,Ice,WiFi Parkwide,Laundry,Pavilion,Pets Welcome,Propane,Religious Services,Showers,Snack Bar,Store,Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Game room,Basket Ball,Beach Volleyball,Fishing,Golf Carts,Hay Rides,Mini Golf,Picnic Area,Planned Activities,Playground,Recreation Hall,Swimming Pool,Theme Weekends,Water Slides,

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February 8, 2010 by Camping Life Magazine · 4 Comments  

Article Courtesy Camping Life Magazine , Written by Stuart Bourdon

Couple Enjoying a Picnic at a Campsite Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It’s impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate. And the campground may not always offer many choices, depending upon its size and reservation level. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and enjoy. The good news—with proper planning, quick and accurate assessment in the field, and some flexibility, you should be able to find just the right spot in any campground.

Private and public campgrounds both have a place on the outdoor destination roster. Which you choose often has to do with your style of camping. Private campgrounds (KOA, Jellystone, etc.) offer a more controlled and manicured park-like atmosphere where the focus is often on activities (movie nights for kids) and recreational facilities (pools, etc.) inside the campground, and are more likely to have full RV-camping amenities (power, water, sewer hookups). Public campgrounds (state parks, national parks and forests, Army Corps of Engineers) tend to deliver a wilder, less controlled experience, and activity and recreation are typically more outdoor-oriented (trail hiking, fishing, boating), and are less likely to provide power and sewer hookups.

Either way, you can improve your chances of an enjoyable, rewarding stay by paying heed to some simple guidelines.

Plan Your Camping Trip Ahead

An advanced reservation is suggested for any campground, public or private, and for many, it’s a must. If you make your reservation online that’s fine; it’s convenient and almost all campgrounds—public and private—offer online reservations now. Before you do, though, make a point of contacting someone (forest ranger or park manager) by phone (best) or e-mail (second best) to ask questions about the lay of the land. Have a campground map (most have one online) and orient it so you know which direction is North, East, South and West.

When considering a campground, think about whether it’s down in a valley, on top of a ridge, or half-way in between. Campgrounds down in the bottom of deep canyons and valleys can be colder during the day (especially in the morning) because of the lack of sun, and can be damp and subject to ground fog. Ridge top sites can be more exposed to weather extremes and make for a cold blustery camp. Sometimes finding a spot in the middle is best. One that’s also sheltered from the wind, but exposed to morning sun, would make it the perfect find in our book.

Ask questions such as: Which way does the prevailing wind blow? Does it chance direction from morning to evening? Where are the trees and other prominent features in the campground?

The answers to these questions and others l...

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