Greenbo Lake State Park
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Introduction

Nestled in the northeastern part of Kentucky, Greenbo Lake State Park is a nature lover's dream, featuring a 300-acre lake that provides a marina and boat dock. Located just outside of Greenup, Kentucky, this state park is a must for your next RV outdoor recreational adventure. You will have access to endless outdoor recreational opportunities in a unique mountainous terrain. From hiking and biking to swimming and horseback riding, Greenbo State Park offers a wide variety of outdoor adventures.

The breathtaking views of Greenbo Lake State Park are breathtaking, covering more than 3,300 acres. You will love soaking in the mountain air while being surrounded by unique plant and wildlife, including deer and turkeys. There are several species of birds in the park and tons of native wildlife. Writers will love the opportunity to walk through the Jesse Stuart Lodge and marvel in the artifacts and books regarding this highly decorated writer.

Once you park your camper at Greenbo Lake State Park, you can venture out onto one of the many trails dotted around the park. For birdwatchers, enjoy any of the 25 miles of trails, where you are able to spot KY warblers, red-tailed hawk, and barred owl. Claylick Loop Trail, Michael Tygart Loop Trail, and Carpenter's Run Trail are popular for horseback riding and biking. The trails range in difficulty. Greenbo Lake State Park is a perfect RV destination no matter what time of the season.

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Transportation in Greenbo Lake State Park

Driving

Greenbo Lake State Park is easy to access by car or RV, since it is located 12 miles from Greenup, KY, off of KY-1711. Local roads will take you anywhere you wish to go in the park, from the Jesse Stuart Lodge and Community Pool to the campground and trails. There are no driving restrictions for RVs or trailers within the park, so you'll be able to get around easily, whether you're in another vehicle or your rig.

Parking

There are several options for parking RVs and trailers with two lots throughout the park and other parking areas. You will be able to find spots at the boat launch, Jesse Stuart Lodge, picnic areas, and cemetery's. Of course, you may also park at the campground if you are staying overnight.

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Campgrounds and parking in Greenbo Lake State Park

Campsites in Greenbo Lake State Park

Reservations camping

Greenbo Lake State Park Campground

Greenbo Lake State Park features 98 pet-friendly campsites available for tents and RVs year-round. The campsites are divided between primitive sites, full service, and standard electric. These campsites provide access to electricity, water, and sewer. Amenities at this campground include hot showers, restrooms, and a dump station and each site has a gravel pad, picnic table, and fire pit. You will be near the trails and a playground. There is no limit on how long you may stay. There is a two-day minimum weekend stay during peak time.

Ashland / Huntington West KOA

Centrally located among several popular routes is the Ashland / Huntington West KOA in Argillite, Kentucky. With nearby restaurants, historical sites and a variety of festivals and other events taking place regularly, you are certain to find fun and relaxation during your stay. The Country Music Highway provides a great day drive to take in the countryside in addition to hiking trails and caves for the explorers looking for an adventure. Other area activities include kayaking, ATV trailing, shopping and experiencing the rich history and museums of the region. Back at camp, you can enjoy spacious big-rig pull-through sites that are slide-out friendly and clear of trees for those who have satellite TV. Cable is available at every site along with 20/30/50-amp electric service. Snacks, propane and firewood can all be purchased at the convenience store and there are coin-op laundry facilities, too. Free Wi-Fi will keep you connected during your stay, but while you are disconnecting, try a round of mini golf, cast a line in a fully-stocked fishing pond, or relax by the pool. Themed weekends, popular during high season, offer activities like bonfires, crafts and more.

First-come first-served

Primitive Equestrian

If you are bringing your horses with you on your camper trip to Greenbo Lake State Park, you can stay overnight at the primitive Equestrian area. There are no specific sites, but you can stay in your RV in the primitive area. There are hitching posts, fire rings, a picnic area, and a general water area that offers easy trail access. There are nine designated primitive sites for first-come, first-served with no reservations required.

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Seasonal activities in Greenbo Lake State Park

In-Season

Hiking

You'll want to pack a great pair of hiking boots since there are more than 25 miles of hiking trails to choose from at Greenbo Lake State Park that vary in difficulty. If you are looking for an easy stroll or hike, check out the Fern Valley Self Guided Interpretive Trail. This is a one-mile trail that winds thru a valley and then returns you to where you started. A guide book is available for use at the lodge front desk, just remember to return it when your hike is complete. For a more difficult hike, head out on the 15 mile Carpenter Run Trail, which will take you along forest ridgelines, down towards the lake, and provides you with amazing views of the dam.

Biking

Greenbo Lake State Park is an excellent place to bring your bike and head out onto the trails. Once you park your RV you can cycle down the Claylick Trail, which is a nine-mile trail that will have you cruising along the ridgeline down to the lake, and providing amazing views of the rock and cave formations. Another great biking trail is the eight-mile Michael Tygart Loop Trail, where you can coast along views of the marina, passing a cemetery and descending into a valley as you wind along creeks and abandoned houses.

Horseback Riding

If you are an avid equestrian, you will love the chance to hit the trails at Greenbo Lake State Park. This state park has a primitive horse campground that will fulfill your needs if you are bringing your horses in your trailer. There are hitching posts and water available on-site. You can go horseback riding on three of the trails throughout the park and soak in the amazing scenery all around you.

Off-Season

Birding

Greenbo Lake State Park is home to several unique species of birds, so you want to make sure you pack your binoculars in your campervan. Some of the many birds you may see include downy woodpecker, eastern bluebird, mallard, Canadian geese, and barred owl. Any of the hiking trails provide excellent viewing opportunities. Other hot spots include the dam and marina.

Boating

If you wish to venture out onto the lake and immerse yourself in the vast beauty surrounding the area, then hit the 25-open-slip marina. This is an idle only lake, so you will not be disturbed by the wake of other boats. Should you not have a boat do not worry, at the marina you have the option to rent a pontoon, john boat, canoe, or kayak. Any of these would make a great afternoon rental to sit an relax on the water or try your luck at casting a line.

Fishing

Greenbo Lake State Park is home to two state largemouth bass records. Pack your rod and reel in your RV and cast a line to see if you are able to put a third record in the books. If record-breaking is not for you, leisurely fish for crappie, catfish, and trout from the shoreline as you take in the vast scenery around you. Didn't bring a rod? No problem, pick one up at the marina for free if you are an overnight camping guest.

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