4 Awesome Campgrounds for Families in Kentucky

By Jesse Logan Houk

4 Awesome Campgrounds for Families in Kentucky

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Kentucky has some of the most lush and beautiful wilderness in America, making it a perfect place for family camping trips. From beautiful state parks to family-oriented campsites with all the amenities, you’ll find an excellent place to pitch a tent in the Bluegrass State. Head out for a hike, roast s’mores over a campfire, and sleep under the stars at these great campgrounds for families in Kentucky. 

1. Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg, KY

Jenny Wiley State Park is a great place to take your family if it is your first time camping. For beginners, the park offers a more luxurious cottage camping experience. Dewey Lake is a great spot to swim, fish or take a boat ride. The lake borders the campground where your family can relax. Jenny Wiley Theater is also a great spot to catch a show while you are spending a weekend in the woods. There is also a disc golf course for some friendly competition. You can bring your dog if you want, just make sure to observe dog-owner responsibilities!

2. Guist Creek Marina and Campground, Shelbyville, KY

Guist Creek Marina and Campground is a great spot to camp for the RV and car-camping enthusiast. Shelbyville, Kentucky, is a serene place to take a break from a long work week and to relax with your family and friends. While there is a campground fee for a two-person tent, it is affordable at $19 per night. Kids ages 5-14 are $2, kids 14 and up are $4 which for a small family can all be done under $50 a night. Look no further than Guist Creek for that first camping experience. 

3. Still Waters Campground, Frankfort, KY

Still Waters Campground is a wonderful destination when it comes to organizing a family camping outing. The campground hosts several events every year for tent campers and RV campers alike. There is plenty of room around the campsite for volleyball, Frisbee, and barbecues. Mountain bikers can also find some adrenaline-pumping trails around the campground that make for a wonderful extracurricular camping experience. Still Waters Campground is one of the best family campgrounds outside of the Red River Gorge that offers primitive and RV camping. Check out the canoeing if you feel exploring the waters with the whole family for a reasonable price.

4. Renfro Valley KOA

According to its site, Renfro Valley offers families the chance to “enjoy a taste of Southern hospitality and a true Kentucky camping experience.” Situated among the stunning foothills of the Appalachians Mountains, this campsite offers a wealth of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Events and activities include the KOA Kounty Fair, Family Olympics, crafts, hayrides, and an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Need we say more? Check out Renfro Valley for your next family camping outing! 

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