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Kincaid Lake State Park is a park near Falmouth, KY in Pendleton County. The park was first developed in 1958 to serve the needs of Northern Kentucky. The state built a dam in 1961 to impound Kincaid Creek. Damming the creek created Kincaid Lake, which gives the park its name.
Pendleton County is an interesting spot for RV campers to choose because it’s located in the Greater Cincinnati Tri-State Area. The area includes locations in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Travelers can easily access these three states from Kincaid Lake State Park. Cincinnati, OH is a little less than an hour from the park and Indianapolis, IN is a little over two hours away making them great locations for a day trip. The Indiana border, however, is only about an hour away.
Since Kentucky is in the Upper South and Pendleton County is in the northern part of the state, the county sent soldiers to both locations during the Civil War. That makes the area an interesting choice for Civil War buffs who choose to rent an RV in Northern Kentucky.
The Boston Steele log house is an interesting attraction at Kincaid Lake State Park. The house, built in 1878, is the second-oldest structure in the county. Interestingly, it was constructed entirely without the use of nails. The different logs are fitted to one another and affixed with wooden pegs. The style of construction was common throughout the 19th century in Kentucky because nails were rare and/or expensive.
Boating enthusiasts can bring their own boats with them to the state park. The park allows boaters to use motors, sails, and oars. Alternately, campers can rent boats from the park. The park offers pedal boats, pontoon boats, motorboats, and rowboats. Boats can be launched from the marina or the boat dock.
Outdoors enthusiasts looking to fish can fish Kincaid Lake from the shore or from a boat. Also, bait and tackle are for sale inside the park. Kincaid Lake is known for an abundance of sunfish, bluegill, catfish, and crappie.
Additionally, the park offers a little over two miles of hiking trails. The trails are looped, which makes them simple to navigate. The trails move through groves of spicebush and ironwood; they’re named to reflect these native plants.
Kentucky campers eating at the park can picnic at the shelter. The shelter offers tables, a playground, grills, and restrooms. Campers have easy access to the swimming pool from the picnic area. Beach volleyball, tennis, and miniature golf round out the recreational activities at the park.
Kincaid Lake offers 84 campsites for RV campers. The sites are built to integrate seamlessly with the open woodlands. They have water and electric hookups. They are also served by a centrally-located bathhouse. The bathhouse features showers and restrooms with laundry outside.
The parking sites are a mixture of asphalt and gravel. Several of them are accessible to big rigs. The sites also feature fire rings and picnic tables. Book an RV in Pendleton County and enjoy making this small charming state park your home base for all your outdoor recreational activities.
William Arnold Log House in nearby Williamstown is a museum housed in the original home of William Arnold, the founder of Williamstown. The museum now features information about the history of the area. This could be an interesting stop for history enthusiasts camping with an RV in the area.
Chilo Lock 34 Park in Chilo, OH, around an hour away, is a museum dedicated to the operation and the history of the locks on the Ohio River. Locks are used to raise and lower the level of the Ohio River, which is integral for successful navigation of the river. The lock museum has several interactive exhibits as well as photographs of different moments in Ohio River history.
Point Pleasant, OH is also close to an hour away and features Ulysses S. Grant’s birthplace. The man who later successfully led the United States Army during the Civil War was born in Ohio near the Kentucky border. He was born in a one-room cottage that his family rented while his father worked as a tanner. The cottage has been restored and now serves as a monument to the 18th president.
Pioneer Museum in Carlisle, KY is a museum about the American pioneers who traveled through the Wilderness Trail and the Cumberland Gap to explore parts of Kentucky. The museum offers numerous artifacts, videos, and informative exhibits about Daniel Boone and other settlers. Interestingly, one of those settlers was the grandfather of President Abraham Lincoln.
Campers who want to fish and explore a beautiful lake should consider Kincaid Lake State Park. From the park, you can easily access three different states with rich histories. In addition to rich histories, they offer restaurants, truck stops, and gas stations should you need anything during your outdoor family adventure.