This little known secret is in the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky near Slade. They do not take reservations, so 1st come 1st served here. Great place to have the comfort of your camper bed, but be away from it all. Recommend the double sites for anything large than 20' camper. Hosts extremely helpful. No store, but host has ice and firewood for sale. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The campground was difficult to get into with a tight turn, steep drop and narrow bridge. We were unable to enter or leave the campground without blocking under the rear wheels of the motorhome (2002 34' Georgie Boy - Ford Chassis) to keep from dragging the rear. There is only one site that has 50 amp service, the rest are 15 amp. The campground is not maintained as shown in the pictures on the web site and the angles hide the commercial cable company that seems to be located in the campground with their work trucks and equipment. The staff was friendly and helpful. I will not stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I would highly recommend this campground. The state of Kentucky has always impressed me with there facilities and this is no exception. This park is clean and small, we have a 20foot RV so we have no problems. If you have a big rig, just make sure you get a pull through spot. There is plenty outdoor activities around the area. We had a quiet peaceful week at this campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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We enjoyed our stay very much. Yes, it is a smaller campground, but that just helps it to be a nice and quiet site. There only 2 negatives that we can say about the campground. The hook-ups are in awkward positions. We and most other campers had to run our water hose and electric hook-ups under the RV to the opposite side. No big deal unless your hook-ups won't reach. The trash dumpster is on the outside of the campground and across the road, due to keeping animals out of the campground. This was a small problem for us, because we are both physically impaired. So we had to put our trash in the trunk of car and drive to the dumpster each evening. The sites are close, but well maintained. I believe each site had at least one shade tree, picnic table, and fire ring. We stayed in one of the pull-thru's that made it very convenient for us. The center section are pull-thru's and are very level. The first row of back-ins have a slight incline. The row along the creek/stream appear to be pretty level, also. We will definitely stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Tight is the best word to describe this campground. If you are over or even around 40 feet, you may regret staying at this park. Good location close to the park sites which are awesome. WiFi you have to pay to play, lost a point with me. Sites are a decent size, just right on top of each other. There is nothing close by: no groceries or Walmart so come prepared and stocked up. Clean relatively new bathrooms, but in need of repair. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed next to the stream and loved it. Nothing beats sitting by the fire and listening to the stream. Our site was huge but that is not the norm. Actually the majority of sites are pretty tight and not long enough to accommodate anything much over 30'. There is an occasional site that will fit a big rig, but you must pay attention to the site length. The roads were paved, and sites were crushed gravel. This was good when it rained, but bad when its dry as it all gets tracked in the camper. Water pressure is fantastic, electric not so much. If we had to use the AC I'm not sure it would have run it. The park ranger does patrol a lot and watches for the slightest infringement. Its a bit excessive and annoying. Trout fishing is pretty good in the stream as well. We will definitely return for another trip. We loved it. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Park staff is very friendly and professional. Campground has too many RV in such a tight area. Very little room to maneuver a rig. Saw several folks hit posts trying to back rigs in. Any trailer over 30' is problematic. If you check-in in the afternoon, you may have to wait 15 minutes or so while the person before you unhooks their rig. Not possible to stay connected here. I understand that part of camping is burning firewood but folks burned firewood all day and night. Never saw this much wood burned in other campgrounds. Everything inside smelled of wood smoke for days. Lots of unsupervised kids and dogs running around in a small area. Bathhouse was clean. No cellular reception and no over the air TV. Satellite TV did work fine. Would not stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here for 2 nights as a walk-in. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 was because when we arrived there was no personnel to check us in. There was just a picture map telling us which sites was available to use. The campground was nice, quiet, and family friendly. We will be staying here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed for 7-days. Site maps misleading as to size of pull-throughs. One of our group's 36' 5th wheel filled the entire pad. We had sufficient space to angle park our toad in front of 32'MH. Park complex is wonderful. Facilities were clean. Campground hose friendly and stayed on top of things. Park rangers patrolled frequently. During the latter part of our stay, the duty ranger was intent on capturing campers who had a beer/wine in their site. He would drive wrong way on one-way streets to get better view into campsites. It is a dry county, but really. We enjoyed our visit. This is a remote located facility. Nearest town with shopping/food is 20 minutes on parkway (70mph). We would go back as would nearly all of our other 7 RVs in our group. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful campground with a fair bit of shade, fabulous scenery, helpful staff and easy access to Hemlock Lodge & Hoedown Island. We had a site along the stream (check out sites B27-B35). We could walk down to the stream and splash around as it was shallow. Only negative comment would be the location of the H20 & electrical hook-ups. We had a back-in site but the hookups were at the front of the site and on the opposite side. Luckily, we brought extra cord & hose, but had to walk over them to access our trailer. Internet was available if you pay for it; otherwise you can find a hot spot at Hemlock Lodge. Their restaurant was very good. We had visitors to our campsite for dinner and there was no fee for them to enter which was nice. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A storm rolled through while we were here dropping 2 inches of hail on the ground and causing much damage as well as a tree falling on our site; no damage to the motorhome thankfully. The river is amazing after a storm. Site was odd to level the 34ft motorhome; had to unhook the car to bring down the ramp to the spot and still scraped the dolly. Couldn't tell you about the staff as they were never really there. The restrooms were not kept up very well nor were the showers, though I do believe we campers need to leave them clean after using them. A lot more truck traffic throughout the day and night than there was before. I was told that is because they are logging dead and old trees from Daniel Boone NF. Other than that the park is a real nice place to be and to go for walks and visit the state and national forest. We will stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice home base for the park activities. Pull-through sites are quite narrow (we stayed in a back-in site) while back-ins have a little more room between units. Roadway between sites is pretty narrow making backing in a challenge to miss units across the road as well as miss the marker post that's in the way when backing in. There are some very nice creekside sites available also, however watch your size as some of these are shorter. Depending on your site, you may need extra hose and extension cord. Sites are fairly level with only minimal leveling needed. No playground for the kids which was kind of a downer for them. Also, be careful when entering the park. The campground sign is right after the entrance instead of before. Since we arrived at night and it was pitch black, we missed the entrance and had to turn around using a road-side pull-off. All in all a decent campground that I'd recommend for folks sightseeing in the area. We will return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Goods: Great state park with a ton of things to do...hiking, swimming, paddle boats, mini-golf, a sky-lift up the mountain to the Natural Bridge, a lodge with a restaurant (DO NOT drive your rig up the hill...no room to turn around), great picnic areas, friendly and helpful staff everywhere, clean campground restrooms, campground Wi-Fi for a small fee, firewood/ice at the check-in station, and a couple of country stores within 2 miles. The view from the Natural Bridge is impressive, especially in the Fall with leaves changing. The trails are well-maintained and absolutely beautiful. Others: First, the campground spots are really close together. While I saw a couple of big 5th wheels and motorhomes in the park, it took a lot of patience to get them into and out of the pull-through sites. The middle pull throughs are level but the outside ring make take a few blocks to get you level. Depending on your site, you may have to connect to water/power on patio side of your site, so bring an an extra hose and power cord. Second, the campground is located right off KY-11 with occasional semi and motorcycle traffic at all hours of the day/night. Combine that with the close sites and you have a noisy camping experience. Also, the campground is well lit with street lamps, so bring a dark tarp to block out the light if you are tent camping in the main loop. Last, the dump station is located on the campground access road on the left side of the road (as you are exiting) at the bottom of a hill. It makes dumping a bit scary if someone coming down the hill into the campground isn't paying attention. Recommendation: Definitely visit NB State Park! Loved our four days there despite the campground shortcomings. If you have a smaller rig and don't need 50 amp power consider B28-B35 as they are a little deeper into trees and on the other side of the stream from the main loop. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We headed toward the Natural Bridge Area and it was very confusing at first to find the campground since this resort is huge and you are traveling on route 11 as you go by other camping areas. This area reminds of Franconia Notch area in NH. We were assigned a great site backed up to the mountain with the river out our back door. There were little bridges to cross over to get to the restrooms and the ranger station. Since there was a storm coming with high winds, heavy rain and tunnel clouds, we changed sites to get on the other side of the river for safety reasons. Many things to do in this area bird watching, boating, museums, nature centers, ranger walks, history talks, recreation programs and hiking from the campground and in the Red River Gorge Area and Daniel National Forest. Don’t drive a RV over 25 foot around the gorge because route 15 and 715 are curvy and very narrow and not many places to turn around. We did not try to go through the Nada Tunnel because our Pulse is 11’8 in height and would not dare to do it. Very pretty area and this campground is nice with a number of sites big enough for big rigs including some pull -throughs. Most have electricity and water. One can tent here and at the other campground just down the street. Slade has restaurants, shops and gas stations. We would definitely return to visit this area again when the weather is better. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Spots were nice but gravel. Streamside is very nice in main section of campground, some sites require a lengthy back in approach. We had a 27' travel trailer and there were plenty of sites able to accommodate it. Bathrooms/shower house had ample hot water. Some cleaning required due to spiders having a field day with the odd hot October. Dump station needs major work. Need to pull up to it in the oncoming traffic lane entering campground to use it, the drain to dump was partially broken and massive sewage leaks occur frequently. Must use gloves. Will be back despite all as the area is gorgeous. Also Natural Bridge is must see via skylift. Must visit Red River Gorge. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great campground. yes it is very difficult to get a larger motor home in. I had to unhook the car and tow dolly in order to get around the turn and down the hill without scraping but that was the only bad thing about the park. Most sites are not very level. Good water pressure. A lot to do in the location if you’re into nature. Very quite at night. Friendly workers and campers. We would move here if we could!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great place to "get away from it all" while staying in the luxury of your own RV. Tight turns might make for challenging maneuvering for larger RVs. At the time we stayed here, the camp was nearly empty and we had our choice of the beautiful stream side sites. Restrooms and showers were very clean in and excellent condition. We were not able to get any cell reception in this area (AT&T). Some of the best hiking trails of the parks we've stayed at, with many more within driving distance. If you enjoy outdoor recreation, there's a good chance you'll enjoy staying at this park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The Middle Fork Campground is wonderful. We have never seen cleaner restrooms and the host was extremely helpful.It was fun hearing the stream bubble along during the night. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We enjoyed staying here. Our kids love the stream. They have dancing in the evenings down the road at Hoe Down Island. The audience gets to join in the dancing. Festive atmosphere. We will visit again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is one of two campgrounds here in Natural Bridge State Park, and this one, in my opinion, is the nicer of the two. Especially for larger travel trailers and RV's. Whittleton is the other campground and is great for tent camping or pop-up or small travel trailers (under 20'). This campground is nice and quiet, and right along the banks of Middle Fork creek. Hence the campgrounds name. There is limited cell phone reception in this area, just like the whole Red River Gorge area. No TV reception unless you have a satellite,and no Wi-Fi. Some of the camp sites are small and crowded. The host was very nice and drove around the campground quite often. Clean campgrounds, and bath houses. Some of the sites are paved, and others are gravel and all are pretty level. Firewood can be bought at the check-in station. Lots of hiking to be done here in the gorge and this camp ground is nice and quiet to relax in once you come back from a hard day hiking the different trails! Payphone and washing machine/dryer at the bath house, along with 2 soda vending machines. No campground store. We enjoy this part of Kentucky and plan on staying here quite a bit this summer. Already made reservations to head back this month! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed for 2 nights. The bathrooms were old, but not overly bad. The campground is small and outdated but a good location for hiking and rock climbing in the area. If you have more than a 25'-27' you are in for a tight fit backing in. It is one lane in and out and one side of the road dips in. We had a 21' and it was tight turning in, but could be done with patience. Sewer dump work, but across small bridge at a weird angle coming out. We did a U-turn and went across bridge to the dump easily. Even with all the small negatives it was peaceful and we would stay again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Love this little campground. We were on site 33 and it was very large and shaded. The only reason I don't give it ia ten is because of the electrical/water hookup. The water/electric was on our site for 33 and 34 and on the opposite side of our trailer's lines and so we also had to buy an extension cord for our 30 amp service. Daniel Boone Trading Post had one, so obviously this happens to many others. Also the water hose of our neighbor leaked and it formed a small stream that ended at our firepit. Pick an even numbered site such as 32 or 34 and you will not encounter these problems. The bathrooms were older but clean and we never had to wait for a shower. They also have laundry facilities that worked fine. The dump station at this campground was closed and the one at Middlefork had to be used. We did the park history tour, created walking sticks at our campground and a cave tour as scheduled park activities. We took the skylift up to Natural bridge and walked the trail down. It was about 1.75 miles so make sure you have water. We also took the original trail to the bridge and the trails in the campground. We did not see any bear and my husband saw only 1 tiny, non-poisonous snake while hiking. We also went to the Red River Forge for a day and did some hiking. This was very close to the park and very nice. We saw no wildlife here either. The pool at the lodge charged $2/day for campers. I could not get a Verizon signal at all until we were out of the area, but I could connect to the Wi-Fi at the lodge with no password needed, so I used that. My husband likes a cold beer on hot days and this is a dry county. We found out there is a party store about 5 miles down the road past Torrent Falls, or you can to go to Campton. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
The camp ground can be tight when backing in but since there is one-lane with a hill in front and a stream in the back, The place is very nice. When I was there the sewer dump station was out of service and you had to use one in the other campground up the hill. That sewer dump faces against the incoming traffic. I found the bathrooms average from what I have seen at a state park. There were other campground sites that were blocked and out of service as well. I rate this as a five based on the few factors I have seen against what other amenities offered at similar KY State Parks. This campground has a lot of potential if these few things were taken care of. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was a nice, small campground, emphasis on small. It is located off the highway, across the road from the Natural Bridge trail access, so you had to get in your car and drive the 1/4 mile as it was not safe to walk on the shoulder of the road. Even to get to the playground, you had to cross the road. The campground sites are small. We camped in a 28ft travel trailer and reserved one of the largest sites and it was a tight fit. The site was level and the trails were great for hiking. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This place calls road side sites, pull through sites for big rigs. Beware, there is no place to turn around here! If you have anything bigger than a pop up or small, less than 20 foot trailer, you'll need to be an expert at backing in because of posts buried into the ground marking the sites. Would not recommend kids on bikes as there is only one straight road, and all sites are located on the right side of it. Did seem quiet though. Will not stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We had 5 tents and 2 pop-ups (13 adults, 9 kids, 5 dogs) on 3 sites (A23, 24, 25). It was great to have a primitive site next to our electric/water sites. Those sites are gravel and fairly level, shady, with a little creek for the kids to play in. We hiked from the Natural Bridge back to the campsite with kids in tow with no problem. It’s about 0.5 mile to the pool and 0.5 mi further to the top on the bridge. It’s an easy hike to the Whittleton arch (1.0 mile) from the back of the camp ground. Most importantly, everyone had hot water during showers. The bath house facilities are nice and well maintained. I wish there was some play ground equipment. We hit some fantastic weekend weather too. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
We stayed in the Whittleton campground. It is a small campground, fairly well maintained. Quiet. The campsites can get soft and mushy during the spring months. Paved pad for unit, but all back in spots and not much maneuver room to back camper/rig into spot. If you plan on using the dump station, you better have a portable tank, as the dumpstation is across the creek. The bridge going across the creek is very narrow and could be hard to pull any unit across without dropping off into the creek. Could be bad. Some of the sites in the lower portion of the campground are bare dirt and get really muddy in the spring. The gorge area is the highlight of any trip down here. We go once a year and enjoy it. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is an older state park that has been updated somewhat to accommodate newer rigs. We had a pull through site and our 34' travel trailer barely fit. The motorhomes that were in the park completely filled the sites. The sites are paved with a small gravel patio area by each one. The sites are so close together that we had to situate our trailer so that the slider did not cover part of the adjacent site's patio area. Since the park is down in a "holler", you can expect to have no cellphone or television reception. Satellite TV will work fine as several units had dishes out. The sites have power and water but no sewer so plan accordingly. This park is fine for a short stay as long as you accept the limitations mentioned above. The Natural Bridge area is very pretty and there a several hiking trails available to the more energetic. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
A nice park, there are 2 campgrounds, Whittleton being the oldest in nicest. Whittleton has a creek through is. Well maintained, quiet. If you like hiking and rock formations, this is the place. Red River Gorge is a must nearby for driving and hiking. We camped here in a Motorhome.