Creekside Campgrounds on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky

by Kerry O'Donnell
Several campgrounds on Kentucky's Lake Cumberland offer waterside camping.

Several campgrounds on Kentucky's Lake Cumberland offer waterside camping.

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Lake Cumberland -- located in the southern part of Kentucky -- offers three state parks, national forest and national recreation areas, as well as privately owned locations where campers can experience all the amenities and activities the lake has to offer. The area provides more than 1,200 miles of shorelines along the lake, its waterfalls, streams and creeks, providing many waterfront sites for campers to enjoy.

State Campgrounds

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park is located on the northwestern edge of Lake Cumberland. The park has many sites by the water's edge. Camper recreational activities include hiking trails, guided horseback trail rides, miniature golf course, disk golf courses, shuffleboard and tennis. Campers can rent boats, with the choice of fishing boats, pontoon boats, houseboats and ski boats. Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, located in the Daniel Boone National Forest Park, also offers waterside sites to campers. The park offers 17 miles of hiking trails, guided horseback trail rides, tennis, horseshoes, shuffleboard, fishing, an Olympic-size pool and guided rafting trips.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Campgrounds

Fishing Creek Recreation Area, on a creek off Lake Cumberland, features waterside camping sites, a day use area with a beach, picnic sites and playground. The campground includes parking spaces for 37 cars and 11 trailers. Cumberland Point Recreation Area is located 10 miles south of Nancy, Kentucky. Fourteen of the campground's sites are waterfront. Cumberland Point also has a day use area, picnic shelter and public parking for 33 cars and 13 trailer units.

U.S. Forest Service Campgrounds

Rockcastle Campground is located at the mouth of the Rockcastle River, on the outskirts of Lake Cumberland. The campground offers 24 waterfront sites. The majority of the campsites are for tent camping, although a few are large enough to accommodate popup campers. Each site has tent pad, grill, picnic table and lantern poles. It also features miles of hiking trails and a privately owned marina, where campers can rent boats, obtain a fishing license and purchase fishing and other camping supplies.

Privately Owned Campgrounds

One of the only privately owned campgrounds on Lake Cumberland is the Cumberland Point Campground and RV Resort. This campground sits on more than 30 acres of private land, offering more than 250 miles of shoreline. Campers can enjoy swimming, boating, fishing and hiking trails. Other amenities include a community lodge, general store, laundry facilities, playground and a private bath facility.

About the Author

Kerry O'Donnell has been writing professionally since 2008, when she began freelancing for the online magazine She later became the website's associate editor. She also serves as an associate editor of books for The Independent online magazine. O'Donnell holds an associate degree in criminal justice.

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