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Kentucky is renowned for its outdoors, both the cultivated and undisturbed versions, and if this is what you're looking for in a vacation, look no further than Paducah / I-24 / Kentucky Lake KOA. This RV campground is uniquely situated very close to numerous attractions but has many of its own amenities that you can take advantage of. The park has a dedicated fishing pond (no swimming allowed) that is stocked and ready for you, and a nearby gazebo if you'd rather relax and watch someone else reel them in; if fishing isn't your thing, there is a seasonal swimming pool that is open from late May to late September, a play area for younger kids, and a dog park for your furry family members.
You can choose your site before you arrive, and the options include full hookups or just water/electricity, and 30 or 50 amp service. Camping at Paducah / I-24 / Kentucky Lake KOA means you have a camp store where you can stock up on anything you might be short on; propane is available, and there are laundry facilities in case you're running low on clean clothes. The moment you arrive you can freshen up with the showers located in the restrooms, catch up with friends back home using the Wi-Fi or just kick back and enjoy the evening sky (Kentucky has some amazing sunsets, as you will find out).
Ready? There's a lot to see and enjoy, and you don't need to venture that far to begin with. Have you ever been to a drive-in movie theater? Nearby Calvert City has one of these, open on weekends during the summer and dishing out cheeseburgers that are incomparably good.
The list of museums on hand is a long one, but one of the attractions is dedicated to horse-drawn carriages; another is focused on the local history and culture of quilting. Paducah is where you'll find the Whitehaven Welcome Center which offers city tours daily in the early afternoons. This friendly hamlet has continuous events such as fireworks and concerts on the riverfront, and a downtown area with museums, quaint shops, and more, all housed in distinctive 19th-century architectural buildings. Viewing these events from your rental RV would be idyllic.
Search for an RV in Marshall County, and you will have a large selection to choose from when selecting the make and model that suits your needs. Kentucky is beautiful, and a good place to experience this for yourself is Shawnee National Forest, a short, one-hour drive from Paducah / I-24 / Kentucky Lake KOA. This nature preserve is host to oak-hickory forests and some amazing geological formations such as razorback ridges and lush canyons. It also has wetlands and a large and diverse selection of wildlife that calls the forest home. You can enjoy hiking in the park and observing the wildlife, but you also have the option of taking a self-guided auto tour of the area; several highways and smaller roads pass through the forest, and your Calvert City motorhome rental would be a relaxing way to enjoy this.
Situated on a peninsula between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is a 15-minute ride away and can be accessed by two different routes. Here you can enjoy canoeing and backpacking, but there is much more to see and do. The park has a planetarium that offers educational programs and live presentations, as well as a wildlife station. You will have an opportunity to witness elk and bison in their undisturbed home environments; you may also see coyotes, red wolves, great horned owls, and other species on your trek. Additional programs you can enjoy include lessons on gardening and wildlife photography.
The Massac Forest Nature Preserve is about 30 miles from Paducah / I-24 / Kentucky Lake KOA and is a heavily forested area, with upland forests covering an area dominated by ridges and ravines, and a floodplain forest with silver maple and pecan tree stands. The upland forest areas consist of oak, hickory, and blackberry trees. You can hike or mountain bike in this area, but you should exercise caution in regard to snakes, ticks, and poison ivy. Park your RV rental nearby, and you can end your outdoor excursions with your favorite beverage and a comfortable chair.
You might want to leave some time for experiencing the culture and urban attractions that are waiting for you. Benton has music on its mind and in a big way. Spend some time here, and you can drop by the Kentucky Opry; while this isn't the Grand Ole Opry, it does have some Grand Ole Opry stars from time to time. It also hosts concerts for bluegrass, gospel music, and '50's to 60's rock and roll music. There are boutiques and shopping malls that will entertain the shoppers in your group, and a restaurant scene with good local and international cuisines for you to choose from.
Not too far out of your way is the town of Princeton, which has elements that are both historical and contemporary. Be sure to visit the Adsmore House and Gardens, a family mansion that has been restored with all the original furnishings and opened to the public. Another must-see venue is a local vineyard/winery that includes an elegant restaurant.
While you're here in Kentucky, make the most of this opportunity to see and experience as much as you possibly can, beginning with camping at Paducah / I-24 / Kentucky Lake KOA.