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Situated just five minutes’ drive from the center of Franklin, Dad’s Bluegrass Campground is a picturesque RV park just off Interstate 65. It’s a convenient base for exploring both Nashville, Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky, with RV sites, tent accommodation, and camping cabins available.
RV camping at Dad’s Bluegrass Campground includes access to their spacious pull-through sites, with either 30 or 50-amp electrical service available. They’re long enough to accommodate an RV and tow vehicle without having to unhook anything while providing access to fire rings and hot showers at the on-site bathhouse.
When you’re camping at Dad’s Bluegrass Campground, there’s also a refreshing swimming pool where you can cool off during the summer months and a children’s playground, not to mention horseshoes and a basketball court. You can cast a line in the fishing pond to see what’s biting or catch up on your washing at the coin-operated laundry.
Motorhome camping at Dad’s Bluegrass Campground is just a stone’s throw from Jim Roberts Community Park, which is a popular recreational destination for local residents. There’s a baseball diamond where you can throw a ball around and various walking trails to explore, as well as regular social gatherings that include Jazzercise at the Jim Roberts Community Park Ag Building.
Dad’s Bluegrass Campground can also be used as a base for exploring Mammoth Cave National Park, which lies around 40 minutes’ drive north of the RV park. It encompasses portions of what is the longest cave system in the world, with the park established in 1941 and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site 40 years later. Embark on a guided tour to explore some of the 400 miles of this cave system, with options including the short Frozen Niagara Tour, the Historic Tour, or the Domes and Dripstones Tour. Above ground, there are around 70 miles of nature trails to explore through the park’s tree-covered ridges and valleys, as well as canoeing opportunities along the Green River.
Directly east of Franklin sprawls the Barren River Lake, a 10,100-acre reservoir that was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1964. It’s home to three large islands and the Barren River Lake State Resort Park, which offers everything from fishing to hiking, boating, and biking. Follow the one-mile-long Lewis Hill Trail and cast a line to lure striped bass, crappie, and big channel catfish or opt to explore on a guided horseback ride. If you’re a golfer, the park also boasts an 18-hole golf course where you can practice your swing.
Franklin campers can utilize the supermarkets in the city center to shop for groceries, with gas stations also available if you need to fill up your RV rental. If you don’t feel like cooking, there are also a handful of eateries, ranging from local cafes to fast-food restaurants.
While you’re visiting Franklin, stop in at the Simpson County Archives, which occupies the Old Stone Jail that dates to 1879. Discover what the pioneer justice system looked like on a guided tour or explore the extensive genealogical archives that date to before the Civil War. Also nearby is the African American Heritage Center, which occupies a restored Victorian home in the Harristown Historic District. It celebrates the contributions of African Americans to Kentucky’s history while fostering a better understanding of life in Simpson County.
Camp in an RV near Franklin and make the 20-minute drive north to spend a day in Bowling Green. It’s home to the Kentucky Museum, which showcases the state’s history from the Civil War to the present day, as well as the beautifully restored 19th-century house museum of Riverview at Hobson Grove. If you’re an auto enthusiast, don’t miss a visit to the National Corvette Museum to get up close to their impressive collection of classics and prototypes or see drag cars in action at the nearby Beech Bend Raceway.
Drive in the other direction from Dad’s Bluegrass Campground, and you’ll arrive in Nashville, which lies just over the border in Tennessee. It’s famed as the home of country music, with landmarks such as the Grand Ole Opry House and the historic Ryman Auditorium among its highlights. Learn about the influential musicians who left their mark on the genre at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum or delve into the life and music of Johnny Cash at the Johnny Cash Museum. If you want to experience the city’s live music scene for yourself, spend an evening at one of the lively honky-tonks that cluster in the District.
Whether you want to tour Mammoth Cave National Park or discover the musical heritage of Nashville, book an RV in Simpson County and start planning your next vacation.