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Dale Hollow Lake State Park sits on the northern shoreline of the vast Dale Hollow Reservoir. This man-made lake stretches for 27,000 acres across southern Kentucky and northern Tennessee, attracting travelers from either state. Located on the Frogue Peninsula, those camping at Dale Hollow Lake State Park should head along Highway 61 until Burkesville, where a minor road leads you to this recreational hotspot.
Though the lake remains the mainstay of the park, these 3,400 acres are about more than just water sports. Days can be spent hiking, biking, or horseback riding through the spectacular forested hills or exploring the park’s hidden caves. What’s more, being less than a two-hour drive from Bowling Green and less than three hours from Louisville, locals and travelers alike can enjoy this well-connected lake over one relaxing long-weekend.
Don’t forget to bring your boat along for the journey during your Dale Hollow Lake State Park camping trip, as you’ll be itching to get out on these vast waters. Boating is one of the most popular ways to explore the hidden inlets, secluded coves, and lesser-visited islands in the lake. There remains to be no speed limit on the lake, which means, aside from a peaceful afternoon spent kayaking on the lake, and visitors can jump on their jet ski or wakeboard for a few hours of exhilarating fun. Eight public boat launch ramps are scattered along the huge shoreline, so you shouldn’t have a problem accessing the water. Remember to take your best tackle out with you on the boat, as your almost guaranteed to reel in something tasty in this lake that teems with smallmouth bass, walleye, and catfish.
Should you rather admire the waters from a distance while RV camping at Dale Hollow Lake State Park, consider a day of hiking, biking, or go horseback riding. More than 15 miles of multi-use trails undulate through the park’s old logging trails and across narrow ridges, providing hikers with fantastic views across the reservoir and beyond. If you’re up for the challenge, tackle the Boom Ridge Trail, a difficult, but rewarding, 8-mile hike. Do note that bikers will need to bring their own bikes as there are no rental facilities nearby.
Few visitors to Dale Hollow Lake State Park are aware that there is an incredible network of caves lying underneath them. The only way to explore these wonders is on a guided tour that can be booked online or at the park’s office. For under $10 per person, this adventurous tour will have you crawling through Cindy Cave led by a knowledgeable guide. For your safety, kneepads, helmets, and headlights are provided as part of the tour cost.
Camping with an RV at Dale Hollow Lake State Park could not be easier. Nestled into the heart of the forest is a 145-site campground, which is open from May through to September. Although most campsites are serviced with electricity and water hookups, the campground also features several modern washroom facilities. In addition, visitors will find an onsite dump station, a nearby swimming pool, a basic general store and a WiFi connection at reception.
Any keen horse riders with RV rentals in Clinton County will also be able to benefit from the equine campsites. More than 20 sites have been reserved exclusively for those with horse campers or trailers. All of these sites provide water and electricity for your RV rental, have a handy hitching post for your horse along with a fire pit and picnic table for your comfort.
When you’re looking for things to keep you busy outside of the state park, then you’re in luck. Dale Hollow Lake State Park is just a stone’s throw away from many charming Kentucky towns, including Bowling Green, Peytonsburg, and Glasgow.
Glasgow is just an hour’s drive away from the park and a great option for a well-rounded day of family fun. Head to the Museum of Barrens for a history lesson in the varied heritage of this region and Kentucky as a whole. Through a collection of local artifacts, interpretive exhibitions, and a schedule of events and workshops, visitors can learn all about how Glasgow gained its Scottish heritage and how Barren County came to be. Don’t forget to stop off in the Snavely Gallery to take a glimpse at paintings by local artists.
The Fort Williams Civil War Battlefield sits just down the road from the museum and brings some of those exhibits to life. The site here has been preserved to remember the battle that took place in 1862 when John Hunt Morgan’s army of 3000 men rampaged through Southern Kentucky. The fort was originally built to keep him and his men out, however, they ended up staying for three days and destroying Union rail and communication facilities.
For a bit of light-hearted entertainment, head to Ralphie’s Fun Centre. Featuring a bowling alley, escape room, laser tag course, mini-golf, roller skating rink, and inflatable land, fun is guaranteed for the whole family here. Simply grab a multi-activity wristband and enjoy unlimited hours of gaming and activities.