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Kentucky is home to Kenlake State Park, located on the western shore of Kentucky Lake. The park is perfect for a quiet getaway in the midst of serene and scenic natural surroundings. Ideal for a motorhome camping trip, Kenlake State Park lies in the heart of Land between the Lakes, one of the country’s supreme outdoor recreation areas. The nearest cities to the park are Hardin and Aurora, and it’s a wonderful idea to book an RV in Marshall County to explore the park and its surrounding areas. While most of the park falls within Marshall County, a part of it also extends into Calloway County.
Created in 1948, Kenlake State Park, shortened from the Kentucky Lake State Park, has the longest shoreline of any man-made lake in the eastern part of the county. Plan a stop at the close cities of Benton and Calvert City, after camping out in your rental motorhome at Kenlake State Park. Offering resort facilities and ideal for events, conferences, weddings, and outdoor meetings, the park is popular not just with outdoor enthusiasts, but those who want to cash in the on the serene and green surroundings of the park.
Camping at Kenlake State Park is the best way to immerse yourself in the park’s rustic surroundings. With lots to enjoy in terms of recreation, come prepared with adequate time in hand to make the most of this park.
Fishing is a popular activity, with endless fishing opportunities at this Kentucky lake. Rated one of the best lakes for largemouth bass fishing, you’ll also be able to fish for smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel and blue catfish, white and Kentucky bass and sauger. If you forget to pack your fishing gear into your RV rental, there are fishing gear rentals at the marina.
Kentucky Lake is perfect for sailing and boating, and big-boat sailing is popular. The marina has 21 open slips, 127 covered slips, and a boat-launching ramp. Boat rentals are available, along with jet skis, aluminum bass boats, pontoon boats, and rental fishing boats.
There are two trails to explore when you go hiking during your state park RV camping trip. Cherokee Trail is less than a mile long and is comprised mostly of wooded terrain, while the Chickasaw Trail is longer at one mile and goes through wooded areas and along the lake. Consider combining both the trails for a longer hike. And while you’re out hiking, keep a watch out for over 150 species of birds in the park, including herons, egrets, gulls, and red-headed woodpeckers.
Gather up the family and indulge in a game of tennis at one of the indoor or outdoor tennis courts. This would make an excellent opportunity for some friendly family completion.
Park your RV rental at Kenlake State Park to enjoy easy access to the park’s recreational facilities. The campground at Kenlake has about 60 sites; camp facilities include 30 and 50 amp electric service, water, a dump station, restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities. There’s a playground for the kids to run and play. You also have access to boating, tennis courts, meeting rooms, volleyball, and an amphitheater, among other recreational amenities. There are options for renting cabins or rooms at the Kenlake Lodge.
If you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Kenlake State Park, head to Aurora Oaks Campground in Aurora. It’s a well-equipped campground with 60 sites, offering amenities like pull-thru sites, full hookups, 30 and 50 amp electric service, water, sewers, dump station, WiFi, cell phone coverage, restrooms, and hot showers, The kids will love splashing around in the pool. This is a pet-friendly campground so bring your furry friends along.
Marshall County campers will have plenty to do in the areas surrounding Kenlake State Park. After your camping trip, consider visiting the city of Bowling Green, a little over a hundred miles from the park. This lively city in southern Kentucky is worth visiting, especially if you enjoy anything and everything to do with fancy cars. Home to the famous National Corvette Museum, this is one stop you wouldn’t want to miss. For an extra fee, you get to drive one of the classic Corvettes. The kids will love to spend a day at the Beech Bend Amusement Park and Raceway, a park that is over 120 years old! From thrilling rides to family rides, water rides, kiddie rides, a drag raceway, and a campground, it's perfect if you want to park your rental RV and camp out for a few days.
History buffs have plenty to look forward to in Bowling Green. Check out the Aviation Heritage Park in Basil Griffin Park, honoring local military aviators. There are five aircraft on display. You’ll also enjoy the Historic Railpark and Train Museum with galleries exhibiting information on railroad history in the area. There are hands-on activities for kids to participate in. The Kentucky Museum is another gem that you shouldn’t miss. There are numerous permanent and temporary exhibits outlining the history of the state, dating back to as far as prehistoric Kentuckians.
Don’t miss the Lost River Cave, a natural landmark in the city that covers nearly 70-acres of wetlands, meadows, prairie, and the famous cave. Take the Cave Boat Tour to get an up-close-and-personal view of the cave and its surroundings.
Food takes up pride of place in this city, and you’re never too far from good old southern food when in Bowling Green. Scores of restaurants churn out local delicacies that you should try. Don’t forget to fill up your RV rental at one of the gas stations before heading back to your campsite.