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Fort Boonesborough State Park lies in north-central Kentucky just south of Lexington, and between the towns of Richmond and Winchester. The state park itself is named after and located on the site of the historic ‘Fort Boonesborough.’ The original fort was constructed in the late 18th century by the famous American pioneer Daniel Boone. The state park has recreated Fort Boonesborough, complete with a working fort, cabins, furnishes, and pioneer reenactors. During the high season, the fort reenactors will give demonstrations on pioneer pastimes such pottery and blacksmithing.
Along with its unique historical twist, Fort Boonesborough State Park also lies along the Kentucky River - a perfect place for those with an RV rental to come and boat, swim, and fish during their stay at the State Park. Accessing the park with a rental RV is made simpler with Highway 627 running north of the park. Rent a camper near Fort Boonesborough State Park and come and experience this unique camping getaway. Search for an RV in Madison County to begin your adventure right away.
As Fort Boonesborough State Park lies conveniently along the banks of Kentucky River, campers have exclusive access to the waters and everything that goes with it. Anglers often come from miles around to fish along the Kentucky River, and it is easy to see why. The river is home to a wide range of fish species, each one just waiting to be caught by Fort Boonesborough State Park campers. Fish found in this section of the Kentucky River include black bass, largemouth bass, muskellunge, crappie, and bluegill. Keen anglers will not want to miss this pristine fishing spot along the river, with the picturesque setting of Fort Boonesborough State Park behind them. Campers are reminded that a Kentucky fishing license is needed to fish here.
Along with the fantastic fishing, campers may also wish to get out on the Kentucky River itself. Fort Boonesborough State Park is home to a handful of boat ramps that charge no fee for launching your boat into the river. Kayaking and canoeing are some of the most popular activities from Fort Boonesborough State Park and along the Kentucky River. Winding your way along the river will provide perfect views of the rolling farmland of Madison County. Those motorhome camping without their own boats can head to ‘Three Trees Canoe-Kayak’ just north of the park. Here campers can rent a kayak or canoe for the day at a reasonable price.
Those who wish to stay on dry land will be pleased to hear that Fort Boonesborough State Park is home to a mile’s worth of hiking trails. These trails are marked out throughout the park with trailhead markers, and campers can even pick up a map from the state park itself. While on these hikes, be sure to keep an eye out for Fort Boonesborough State Park’s abundant wild bird populations. Keen bird-watchers will catch a glimpse of sandhill cranes, vultures, ruby-throated hummingbirds, dark-eyed juncos, red-tailed hawks, and chimney swifts.
Those RV camping at Fort Boonesborough State Park will find a wide range of accommodation and facilities. Campers will be provided with 20, 30, 50 amp electric, water, and sewer. Facilities on the site include a dump station, shower block, flushing toilets, picnicking areas, children’s playground, and free WiFi. Pets are also welcome in the Fort Boonesborough State Park campgrounds but must be kept on a leash at all times.
An alternative to the Fort Boonesborough campground is the ‘Camp Nelson RV Park,’ just south of the state park. This campsite also offers full hookups for RV campers including water, electric, and sewer. Facilities here include flushing toilets, shower blocks, and an on-site swimming pool.
One of the biggest attractions in the area has to be the historically reconstructed Fort Boonesborough itself. Wonder around the reconstructed living quarters, built exactly how they would’ve been during those pioneering days. Visitors will also be treated to live presentations of different 18th-century artisans. Watch as the blacksmith works and crafts metal, or the potter spins their potter’s wheel. Each of these will bring the entire history of Fort Boonesborough to life before your eyes.
Venture a little way from Fort Boonesborough State Park to the city of Lexington, and campers will be introduced to a city full of new day-tripping and sight-seeing opportunities. Those with an interest in all things horticulture should not pass up a chance to visit ‘The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky’ in the city. This botanical garden covers just over one hundred acres of picturesque land, showcasing a range of plants, flowers, trees, and much much more. Visitors can spend a peaceful day walking around the garden and observing it in all of its beauty.
Those with an interest in American history should pay a visit to the ‘Mary Todd Lincoln House’ in Lexington. This early 19th-century house was the birthplace and childhood home of Marry Todd former first lady, and wife to Abraham Lincoln - 16th president of the United States. The house is now preserved as a museum for all to see. An hour-long tour is provided at the house, where visitors can see the original period furniture, paintings, and artifacts owned by both the Todd and Lincoln families.