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General Burnside State Park is located in southern Kentucky, just south of the towns and cities of Somerset, Stanford, and Lexington. The state park encompasses an island in the heart of Lake Cumberland, making it Kentucky’s only island park. Taking its name from the Civil War Union General Ambrose Burnside, the park is located on the site General Burnside stationed his troops during the war. Surrounded by the vast Lake Cumberland, General Burnside State Park is the perfect cocktail of history and lakeside recreation. This combination makes it the ideal place to take an RV rental. Accessing the park with a rental RV is easier than it first may seem, a bridge connects the island park to the mainland.
Rent a camper near General Burnside State Park, and you too can have all the luxuries of lakeside recreation on an idyllic Kentucky inland island. Search for an RV in Pulaski County and begin your General Burnside State Park adventure.
Being an island park, it is no wonder that General Burnside State Park has all the recreational qualities of a natural island, and one of these is fishing. Lake Cumberland surrounds General Burnside State Park and is a must-fish destination for serious anglers in southern Kentucky. The lake is home to a variety of fish, each which provides uniqueness to General Burnside State Park campers. Fishermen and women here can attempt to catch largemouth bass, brown trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, perch, and walleye. Along with this myriad of fish varieties, the lake also holds the state record for the sizes of fish caught here.
Matching the vibe of island life, General Burnside State Park is also a great place to get out on the water and boat. A six-lane launching ramp in the state park makes accessing Cumberland Lake a breeze. With no boating or motor restrictions on the lake, campers are left to their devices to kayak, canoe, paddleboard, or even jetski around the vast lake. Those motorhome camping without their own boats can head to General Burnside State Park’s marina. Here, fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats, and even houseboats are offered for rent.
Along with the fantastic lakeside recreation, General Burnside State Park is also home to an 18-hole golf course. The golf course covers a vast area of the park and also includes a pro shop, pull carts, riding carts, and rental clubs available for hire. The golf course is so highly regarded that it was once Commonwealth Journal Readers Choice Award for "Best Places to Play Golf" two years running.
Those RV camping at General Burnside State Park will find accommodating facilities and amenities throughout the on-site campgrounds. Campsites offer partial hookups, including 20, 30 amp electric, and a water hookup. Facilities here include a dump station, flushing toilets, shower block, picnic tables, fire rings, and a children’s playground. Pets are welcome on site but must be kept on a leash at all times.
An alternative to camping at General Burnside State Park’s campground is to venture a little further to Lake Cumberland RV Park. This RV park offers campers full 20, 30, 50 amp electric, sewer, and water hookups. On-site facilities include a dump station, laundry service, RV storage units, and an on-site swimming pool. Many of the sites here are pull-thru, meaning all sizes of rigs are welcome here.
The local town of Somerset is only about ten miles from General Burnside State Park and offers a range of day trip opportunities for the entire family. The ‘Somersplash Water Park’ is a great place to spend a day, especially for families with young children. The park boasts many swimming pools, wave machines, and waterslides. Water safety at the park is also a high concern, meaning lifeguards are constantly on duty. This combination of safety and entertainment means parents can sit back and relax, safe in the knowledge that their children can swim and play safely at Somersplash Water Park.’
An hour’s drive north will take campers to the city of Lexington, a major Kentucky city and one that is full of must-see sights. Those with an interest in American history should pay a visit to the ‘Mary Todd Lincoln House.’ 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.
Lexington is also home to the ‘Kentucky Horse Park.’ This equestrian-themed park is a must-visit for horse lovers. The park is a working horse farm and educational center for learning about all this equine. Visitors will learn what it takes to care for and rear horses. The park also has a twice-daily ‘Horses of the World’ show, showcasing rare horses from around the globe. The show includes riders in full authentic costumes and is a delight for audiences.