I love motorhomes. If or when I have one, I’ll move there. This will be my address. Maybe we’ll shoot a nomadland one day and tour the country.
Either way, I’m completely in love with the best gift ever for the long-distance road warrior. Just seven years ago, my family was staying with my uncle in Silver City, New Mexico, and I was offered his RV as a guest room. they lacked space in the house. I reacted like a little boy.
And since I love them so much, I’ve been looking for some great places where you can park your big old RV in Kentucky and just get out there, check it out, relax and hang out.
Although the hills may not be alive with the sound of music – and you certainly won’t see Julie Andrews frolicking on a mountaintop while you’re there – it’s called the Singing Hills RV Park and Campground and it’s in Cave City.
Since Singing Hills is in Cave City, the main nearby attraction is Mammoth Cave National Park. It’s kind of obvious. It seems Singing Hills is a popular stopping point for travelers who have Mammoth Cave on their itinerary, but there are plenty of other fun things to do in and around Cave City. And it’s not that far from Bowling Green either.
JENNY WILEY STATE PARK
If you bought your RV with the intention of REALLY hitting the road (who wouldn’t?), then head to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. Before you go, be aware that the park’s lodge and restaurant are closed until further notice, according to its website, but you are in a CAMPER. You have your own lodge and restaurant. And once you get to Jenny Wiley, you have amazing views of the eastern Kentucky mountains.
And if you plan on pulling a vehicle behind your RV—always a good idea—hop aboard and head down US Highway 23, also known as the Country Music Highway in Kentucky. Legends like Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless and none other than Loretta Lynn were all born or raised along this stretch and there are points of interest along the way.
Just a little southwest of Lexington, on the Kentucky River, you’ll find Cummins Ferry RV Park and Campground. It’s a beautiful setting for camping and the facility makes sure its guests have fun. Weekends bring food trucks and live music, and there are scenic walking trails, a mini disc golf course, pool, and boat ramp.
Plus, there are highly recommended restaurants in nearby Harrodsburg and Danville, not to mention you’ll be practically on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
By the way, if I feel like I’m deliberately avoiding Land Between the Lakes, well…I am. I don’t think anyone needs ME to sell them the virtues of camping at LBL. That’s why I focus on some maybe less known places, like for example…
GENERAL BURNSIDE ISLAND STATE PARK
You’ll find General Burnside Island State Park in the middle of the Cumberland River and Lake Cumberland region. It’s just south of Somerset. Oh, and there’s this… there’s a reason “island” is in the name; it’s ON and the island. That’s right, you can wheel this RV to an island and start to relax.
And after you’re done relaxing, you can go boating, play 18 holes on an award-winning golf course, go swimming, or visit nearby Cumberland Falls. And don’t forget your fishing gear.
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I have to say, state parks are some of my favorite things in Kentucky. Hills, lakes, rivers… it’s all good. And there are parks and top sites that would make for a great camping weekend.
But don’t forget the more obscure and off the beaten path campgrounds. You can have the time of your life.
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Grand Rivers, Kentucky is home to the famous Patti Colony in the 1880s, but did you know there’s a charming Bed & Breakfast with a Golden Girls-themed room nestled right in the heart of town?