Situated in two eastern Kentucky counties, Grayson Lake State Park is a nature lover's paradise, showcasing over 1,500 acres of rolling hills and mountainous terrain. Located outside of Grayson, Kentucky, this state park is a must for your next RV recreational adventure. You'll have countless opportunities for outdoor recreation in a unique mountainous setting. From hiking and boating to canoeing and picnicking, Grayson Lake State Park offers a wide variety of outdoor adventures.
The sandstone walls along the shoreline at Grayson Lake State Park are jaw-dropping, rising up to 150 feet. You will love basking in the mountain air while being surrounded by unique lake views featuring different species of fish, including crappie, bluegill, and catfish. History buffs will love viewing the areas where Shawnee and Cherokee Indians once laid their heads.
Once you park your travel trailer at Grayson Lake State Park, you can venture out to one of two nature trails in the park. Enjoy searching for ferns, mosses, and rhododendron as you hike along the one-mile Beech-Hemlock Forest Trail that takes you along the lake's shores and around the campground. For those that are avid hikers and wish for a more challenging trail, the three-mile Lick Falls loop trail will satisfy your craving. With wonderful temperatures in the spring and summer, anytime you visit is amazing.
Grayson Lake State Park is easy to access by RV or car, due to it being located just 10 miles from Grayson, KY, off of State Route 7. Local roads will take you anywhere you wish to visit within the park, from the Park Office and lake to the campgrounds and trails. There are no driving restrictions for RVs or trailers within the park, so you will be able to get around quite easily, whether you are in your rig or another vehicle.
There are several options for parking RVs and trailers, with two lots located throughout the park. You will be able to find spots at the boat ramp and golf course. Of course, you may also park at the campground if you are staying overnight.
Grayson Lake State Park features 71 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents year-round. The campsites are standard electric, providing access to electricity and water. Amenities at this campground include restrooms, showers, laundry, and a dump station and each site has a paved pad, picnic table, and fire pit. You'll be close to the nature trails, golf course, and a playground. There is a one-night minimum stay during the week and a two-night minimum stay during peak season weekends. There is no limit on how long you may stay at a time.
Some sites are available only as first-come, first-served. This means that you might be able to snag a spot if you didn't make reservations ahead of time. However, reservations are recommended during the busy summer season.
You will want to pack a nice pair of hiking boots in your rig since there are two hiking trails to venture out on at Grayson Lake State Park that vary in difficulty. If you are looking for an easy hike or stroll, check out the Beech-Hemlock Forest Trail. This one-mile trail will have you venturing from the amphitheater area, around the campground, and down by the lakes shoreline. While you are out on this trail keep your eyes open for ferns, mosses, and beech-hemlock trees. For the more avid hiker who would like a little difficulty, there is the three-mile Lick Falls trail that loops around by a seasonal waterfall and cliff lines that provide an excellent view of the lake. This trail takes you along an abandoned road and has a moderate difficulty.
Grayson Lake State Park is a great place to bring your rod and reel and head out to the 1,512-acre lake. Once you park your RV at the marina, you can cast your reel for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish. Don't have any fishing equipment with you? No problem. Fishing equipment may be checked out free of charge at the Campground Ticket Booth.
Have a family reunion or a large group traveling with you or meeting up, head over to the large picnic area where you are able to grill up "the catch of the day." Two large shelters are available for rental use and may be reserved up to a year, a fee is required. Don't forgot about the kiddos; three playgrounds will keep them occupied for hours as you catch up with friends and family.
Grayson Lake State Park offers an 18-hole, 72-par golf course that lies around Grayson Lake and is protected by five fairway bunkers, offering a challenge to even the most skilled golfer. The course sits along grass fairways and continues through tall trees providing a sense of feeling alone in your own private course. The back tees provide challenges for all different types of levels at 7,155 yards. Don't forget to pack those clubs in the campervan so that you may enjoy all this course has to offer.
If you want to enjoy the 74 miles of gentle sloping to scenic canyon shoreline, check out the launch ramp and marina. A mere three miles from the park you will have everything you need to make it a peaceful day out on the lake. Should you not have a boat or any other water recreational craft, you are able to rent a fishing boat, pontoon boat, and bait at the marina. There is also a grocery and restroom.
Grayson Lake State Park is home to several species of birds, so you want to make sure that you pack your binoculars in your RV. Some of the birds you may see include blue-winged warblers, prairie warblers, American Bald Eagle, and cerulean warblers. Deer and turkey are not uncommon to see due to the mountainous location of the area. Check out the Bruin Recreational Area that overlooks the lake to catch a glimpse of duck and geese.