I gave this park a 10. If you want to spend time in the Kentucky-Barkley Lake area this is a great spot. And it is half price for those 62 and older with your senior access card. The price above shows the regular fee. There are many different areas; some older, some newer; some are level, others not so. Located at the north end of the trace which travels through the LBL (land between the lakes). The park is woods mainly, with one open area for folks who cannot survive without satellite dishes. Not so very far off interstate 24 for those traveling through. Not open year round. Restaurants located nearby in Grand Rivers. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rate is for seniors. We had a great waterfront site. If you want sewer, reserve ahead. We had view of ships as they passed through the lake. Nice biking area. Great for family. Many stay 2 weeks at a time - the max. You can change sites for a second weeks stay & then must leave. Don't miss driving the trace, much to see! We camped here in a Motorhome.
COE parks are so beautiful and with the Golden Age pass, a real bargain. Easily reached, from I-24, we were glad to get a site without a reservation. The showers were so far apart, we didn't use them. We did not have a sewer hookup, although there are some available. Our site was not shady, although some were. I think there is a beach and there is a boat ramp. If we were to stay here again, we would have made a reservation for a different site. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We love this park. Sites on the lake side are beautiful and always breezy. Sites on the cove side are still waterfront but get kind of stagnant in the summer because there is no breeze but they are super shady. All sites are crushed gravel. This is by far our favorite campground in the LBL area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park is close to I-24, but some of the sites are small and hard to get into. Sites 21 to 35 are probably the best, with site 35 a first come first serve. Reservations are best made if you are staying over the weekend. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Mostly shaded sites with well trimmed trees. Access lanes are narrow and backing a big rig between tree trunks into some sites is a bit tricky. Site required some leveling. Campground is in woods with little grass; therefore, dusty. Restrooms are clean; outdoor laundry facilities. TV reception is adequate with antenna. Campground is lovely, and there are a couple of nice, but short nature trails. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A very nice COE campground with pleasant and accommodating hosts. Our stay was quiet and restful, with no unpleasant experiences. The bathrooms/showers were clean and well maintained. Some of the sites and roads are a little tight for big rigs and multiple slideouts...just as you would expect in a COE park. Overall just a nice well maintained park on the shore of Lake Barkley. We camped here in a Tent.
This is a beautiful Corps of Engineers park on the lake. We chose a beach front site, without sewer hook up, (no. 60), which provided a wonderful view of the lake. However, the site was so difficult to back into, I cannot recommend it for a forty foot motorhome. Also, the park was not very well maintained trash wise, which is most unusual for a C of E operation. We paid the senior pass rate. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Took a site in the trees to save a few dollars since we were only staying for one night. Check-in people were super nice. After getting set up, I rode my bike through the various loops near the lake. Some would be hard to back in to with a rig over 28 feet. Some have steep entry roads. I did notice that the bath house had a nice washer and dryer. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice pretty park. Price reflects the Golden Age Access pass. They had several price ranges-if you wanted a water view the price went up a few dollars. In my opinion the water view was still obstructed by trees. There were lots of campsites here. Management was nice at check in & after that, no hassles about anything. Nice place to camp for visiting Land Between the Lakes as it is located right at the beginning of "The Trace." We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park well kept, can handle 40' rigs, great lake views and wide, level sites. Do not have sewer and long stay requires dumping. fire rings, nearby boat ramp, great hosts, and close to Grand Rivers for food and limited shopping. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I like this place. I was in the south loop and had a long paved pull-through site but there was no sewer. There are not many trees in the south loop (good satellite) but plenty of them elsewhere. It appeared that some of the sites in the trees may be a challenge to get in and out of but lots of folks were still camping there. Super friendly staff. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Wonderful COE park - much cheaper than LBL campground just down the road for the same facilities when using the Senior Pass. Site 113 is a great site if you have a satellite dish. Watch deer wander by each day. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Overall a very nice CG with great friendly hosts. The only negative to us is the closeness of the sites and the degree of difficulty getting into some sites. Otherwise, just great. Showers and rest rooms among the best we've experienced We camped here in a Motorhome.
Some sites are very hard to get in to. The Ranger switched our site and its a good thing. A bargain with a golden passport card. It's a waste of $5 on the Bison/Elk prairie, we did not see even one. The Kentucky Lake trail is beautiful and free. We nursed all our chigger bites for weeks after leaving there. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice campground, friendly hosts. We usually stop here for a few days, but not long term as there is not a lot to do in the neighboring small towns. This seems to be more for people who have boats and want to spend time on the lakes. Many of the sites are smaller and hard to get into with some larger RVs. They have some newer pull throughs on the upper end of the park that are nice for larger rigs. We usually go for those. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We got lucky picking our site from the cartoon map on the website. We have a nice lakeside site, and one of only 3 or 4 that we could use the satellite dish. It is a very dark campground with very dense, very tall hardwood trees. There are several full hookup sites, but none are even close to satellite friendly. There is one loop, sites 111 - 117 that is in an open meadow and apparently designed for big rigs. The entire campground has brand new 20/30/50 amp electric, new water hydrants and has been recently re-paved. All of the bathhouses look new, too. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The park was almost empty on the Friday that we got there. We were given what must be one of the most sought after sites during the summer, overlooking the lake. Beautiful! Fall colors were at their peak 2nd week of Nov. Even Better! Could not ask for more helpful staff. Only negative would be the 'seasonals' with all the clutter around some of the trailers. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was our third time to camp at this COE campground. We have always stayed in Brown Point area with full hookups, but this time had to take a site with just electric and water. Our reserved site only had 108 voltage which would not run our air conditioner and temperature was in higher 90's so needed the A/C. We enjoy the park,so took another site. They did send someone to repair the plug and circuit breaker the following day, at the first site the following day, but too late for us. Most of this park has lots of shade trees, wonderful place to walk, lots of deer so just a great place to relax. But if you enjoy boating, jet skiing,fishing, etc., a great! Even though a bad experience this time, we will return. Love this park. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
Registered and selected site with Reserveusa with Golden Age Card. This made check in so simple a cave man could have done it. Nice level back in space, good shade, 50 amp electric, and water supply. No sewer at our site, so we used nearby camp bath house, which was clean but dated. Have pre-registered by the web for an August stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Other than a couple of mice that found their way into our trailer, we had a very pleasant week. As we had full hookups, we did not use any of the facilities. We did see a washer/dryer at each of the bath houses however. This spot is very convenient as it is on the northern edge of the Land Between the Lakes recreation area. We would certainly stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 8 / 10 ]
There is a wide assortment of sites for campers in tents to big rigs. There is a new section with large pull-through sites (in the sun). The roads and many sites are paved. Most sites are shady. This is a very clean, well-maintained campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Just came back from vacation there. We had site #6, which was the best. Everyone there asked how we got it - booked on first date available. We were very pleased with the restroom and showers. Thought we were in a hotel. Not many sewer sites so take a dump tank. Go for lake front property - our picnic table sat right by the lake beautiful. Will go back and camp there at at Patti's settlement. Drove to Hillmans Ferry -lots more for kids to do, but very crowded. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 9 / 10 ]
This is my favorite campground so far since we have been camping. Very nice campground situated right on Barkley lake. If you do stay here you have to go in to Grand Rivers and eat at Patti's 1800 settlement restaurant. Order their famous pork chops they are out of this world. The only reason why I did not give it a 10 is that I feel that a campground that get's a 10 has everything. And Canal doesn't have everything but it's close. Would recommend this campground to anybody. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Most sites very shaded. Keeps cooler, but tough to get "dish" signal. A small RV rally was being held on the Group Camping sites 103-110. Brown's Point loop is most desirable for motorhomes. Also Fisherman's Row and Beach loops are also good. Hill Loop is nice but would be tough to navigate for a big rig. Stayed on site #43 in Woods Loop with 45 foot motorhome. Not the best loop for big rigs. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park was clean and the staff very helpful. View from our site was great, and once we got our 5th wheel onto the pad, we had lots of room. Only down side is there are lots of trees and if you have a long rig (ours is 38 ft, not counting truck), it is not an easy back in, since this park was built some time ago for smaller units. I understand new sites are being built that will be more big rig friendly. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is actually one of our favorite campgrounds, so why would I rate it as a "1"? Basically because I've been misled. On the day before the campground was scheduled to close for the season, a water pipe serving a specific site broke. Totally understandable, these things happen. However, mysteriously, the water could not be shut off to just that site - for reasons that could not be intelligently articulated to me - and instead the water was turned off to our sites (94 and 95), our restroom, our bath house, etc. Conveniently, this meant that the bath house and restrooms could be closed down a day early, and in fact they were. When I questioned the closing, and told the elderly lady in the office that I saw that the water pressure was fine, her reply was "Well goody for you!" And that's a direct quote. Immediately upon returning home, I contacted ReserveUSA and asked for a refund for the last night there, as their site plainly states that refunds will be given in case of closings. Unfortunately, the disinformation continued. They had to contact the CG managers and they have a month to respond. Whoops, the CG is closed and they have to go to the forest service. And they get another month or more. Sorry, I've run out of patience. Now we'll do it my way. I'm contacting my credit card company and disputing the charges. Let the CG explain the mess to Mastercard, I'm done! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 9 / 10 ]
This COE campground is situated on Lake Barkley, and adjacent to the canal connecting it and Kentucky Lake. The sites were spacious, yet private. Some were waterfront sites but we stayed in the forest with a view of the lake. Shower houses were immaculate, and there was a washer and dryer in each one. There is a small beach, a boat launch area and playground equipment for the kids, and firewood was available from the camp host for a nominal fee. The camp hosts were friendly and most helpful with information about the local area. Grand Rivers is a small community with a grocery store and several restaurants and antique shops. A good base to explore Land Between the Lakes. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed at this campground overnight on our way to visit family and immediately regretted our decision, yet is was dark and we did not want to travel on. The park is in poor repair, the sites are not level, and in general it seemed like a scary place to be. We almost decided to camp in the neighboring truck stop, but it was cold and we needed the electricity. I would not recommend this campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Their website was misleading and said it was beautiful and surrounded by trees. In reality, it was a disgusting park and way overpriced for the minimal services provided. It was merely an unkempt parking lot, no shade, stinky, trash scattered around various sites, and no restrooms or shower facilities. More importantly, we did not feel safe at this park and drove to a much nicer and less expensive park in Paducah. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The literature said this was Western KY's newest trailer park and it was horrible. It was a parking lot with no shade, some sites had rust in the water and it smelled terrible. We were leery of leaving anything in the back of the truck because of the "campers" in the vicinity. We were just so tired and it was getting late. No restrooms. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great place for privacy and a wonderful paved path for long walks through the backwoods. Safe and quiet. Wonderful place to pull over and rest up or stay a week or two. Not much to do for kids. My husband and I really enjoyed the restaurants nearby. Miss Scarlett's is within walking distance and the food there rival's the queen of all resturants, Patti's. After a good meal we could walk it off on the paths nearby. Really enjoyed our stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is strictly an overnight only park. Sites are cement, but not very wide. Cable TV only has about 10 channels. You register for this park at a restaurant and the people there know nothing about anything to do with this park. Wouldn't recommend it. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Ants and knee high weeds; no trees just weeds. We stayed 2 nights but should have left after 1 night. Has no bath or showers. The campground is not maintained at all. Will never stay again and do not recomend this campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The only positive we found was that it is close to the interstate. The sites are located on a steep gravel hill that is mostly washed out. No restrooms and no showers. It is hard to understand how they can continue to charge 30+ dollars a night. We would not recommend this place unless you are desperate for a place to stay. A rest area would be a better alternative. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 2 / 10 ]
This park is terrible. No restrooms or showers. No laundry. Didn't even have water for a few hours the night we stayed here. Sites are concrete pads close together. They're stair-stepped next to each other, but that doesn't help. Poor gravel roads in park. Restaurant associated with this park is awful. Can't believe they get $30 a night. Being near the interstate is the only reason to stay here. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great place for overnight or extended stay. Gravel roads with concrete pads. Fairly new park as trees have been planted but not large enough yet to provide shade. There are no restrooms or shower facilities. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Miss Scarlets Restaurant is the office and is a great place to eat, especially the catfish special on Friday nights. The RV Park sits down the hill west below the restaurant within walking distance and cannot be seen from the interstate. Large hiking and bicycle trails adjacent to the park. I would definitely stay there again! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great spot right on the lake. Nice breeze even in mid July. The people at check in were very friendly and helpful. Only stayed one night, but next time we'll stay longer. Nice grassy areas and plenty of gravel on the sites to prevent mud when raining. Showers and restrooms very nice. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We have camped here many times. It is a beautiful, wooded, well-maintained campground. There are many sites right on the lake and many others with views of the lake. The staff is friendly and helpful. We made reservations for weekend visits because it is usually full. The sites are well-spaced with plenty of room. The campground is about an hour from our home and we keeping going back because it is hard to find anywhere else that is any nicer place to camp. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I arrived a day early and was put in Section D after asking if there was availability in Section C where my reservations for the next day started. I was to find out the next day that the very site I reserved for the next night was empty on the night I was placed in "D". In speaking to other campers, it's not unusual for reservations not to know which sites become vacant. It might be because of the late check out time. Unlike other campgrounds I've camped in, you don't put your name/date of departure on the pole, you keep it in your vehicle. Section D was very family oriented. There were kids riding bikes everywhere and every which way without helmets, which surprised me. I might have enjoyed it had I had little kids with me, but they would have been wearing helmets and limitations as to where they rode. I moved to Section C the following day--much nicer sites and beautiful views of the lake. My site was long and difficult to get into as many of them are, but level once I got settled. I enjoyed the rest of my stay. I could not get cell service in Section D, but it was very clear in Section C. One employee (volunteer?) was a very nice gentleman in the camp store where I purchased wood. He was a lovely man. I would only camp here, again, in order to join friends if they chose to camp here. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great park, well kept, some sites are close, but in section "A" they were well spaced. Nearly all with trees. Some of the lakeside sites looked very nice. Great management and very helpful. However, limited cell service and no data service. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park was run by the TVA when we lived in the area. Now the US Forest service runs it. It has new restrooms and the roads are a lot better, but I for one prefer it the way it was back in the 70's & 80's. Now you feel like you are in a fish bowl. Just too many people for us to endure. And as they say, "You can't go back to the way is was," and we definitely won't go back. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We camped in T10, and except for slight need to level, it was perfect. The park is beautiful and well maintained. Campsites large and terraced with lots of shade. We really enjoyed all the available activities. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Spent 9 nights on site A1. Great roomy campground site w/50 amp and water. Shade and Direct TV usable w/rooftop mount. Paved roads/gravel site. Sites too close and would do well for an update and remove about every other site. Beach are small but nice. Great meal at Mr. Bills (2" pork chop house special) in Grand Rivers. Went to playhouse in town Friday night and was decent show. Check in hosts excellent in that my 1st site was not suitable for my rig. Great assistance in relocating. Paducah within 30 minutes and nice tourist visit. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Huge spread out U.S. Forest Service campground beside Kentucky Lake at Land Between The Lakes. Price $40/night but 50% discount with Golden Age passport. Surprised by this high price. By their campsite map, six clean bathhouses with showers and three toilet only facilities, which means long hikes from most of the 378 sites, certainly for tent campers. Paved roads with gravel sites, some not level. Has water and electricity, and RV dump stations. Few sites with on-site sewer connections. Has boat ramps and swimming areas, archery range, play grounds, fishing docks. Wooded shady area. Beautiful lake. Did an overnight on trip. Would stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We really enjoyed this campground. Our campsite was right on Lake Barkley. The campground has many shaded sites. There is a boat ramp located in the campground for those who want to bring a boat. The restrooms had white ceramic tile on the floors, but the restrooms were very clean. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring. Some campsites have tent pads. We will definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice Corp of Engineers campground on Lake Barkley. Some lakefront and some in wooded area. Sites are of good size. Some are downright huge. Paved roads in campground and actual sites or a fine chat or gravel. Most are very level. 30 amp service at
majority of sites. Water at each site. No sewer hookups. Campground was exceptionaly well kept. We camped here in a camper.
While looking for a place to stay "away from it all" we ran across pictures and information about Taylor Bay. It looked like such a place, so we planned a few days in LBL based on staying here. We arrived just before dark the first night and fond most of the pads anywhere near the water were occupied. We set up on pad 27. Even with all our blocks we could not level our motorhome. After we got set up the best we could, one of the extended permit residents came over and introduced himself. He was very friendly and helpful and offered us the benefit of his extensive local knowledge. The next morning we were greeted by a herd of over a dozen fallow deer right outside the rig. Later in the day pad 20 became available. It was more shaded, more level and closer to the lake, so we moved. During the week it was fairly quiet even being almost full. On Friday night and Saturday the activity (and noise) significantly increased, but not enough to bother us. Even though Taylor Bay was not as "away from it all" or backwoods as we had hoped, we enjoyed the stay and hope to visit here again, but probably during cooler weather. I did check in on the pit toilet while there and it was fairly clean for a pit toilet. The roads leading to and inside the camping area are paved and in pretty good condition. This is a first-come-first-served, no reservations area but there was always space available during our stay. A backwoods permit is required for each person. It can be obtained from either welcome station during work hours and at some of the campgrounds after hours. We got ours at Hillman Ferry campground. After you have your permits, there is no charge for camping. There is supposed to be a 14 day limits, we were told that unfortunately that was not being strictly enforced. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Primitive campground. No hook ups, vault toilet and boat ramp with small dock. Beautiful area, water front sites and good paved road access. Only fee is annual $20.00 back country camp pass. Can be purchased at north or south entrance to Land Between the Lakes. We camped here in a Motorhome.