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An hour's drive east of Lexington along the West Virginia-Kentucky state line lies one of Kentucky’s best state-run campgrounds. This isolated, rustic area in eastern Kentucky is nestled snugly into the foothills of the sprawling Appalachians, an ancient chain of mountains with mesmerizing views and stunning natural beauty.
The campground itself is rather small, offering just over 40 sites in the forest groves in the rolling hills. Most of these spots allow for camping in tents, but when you rent an RV near Paintsville Lake Campground, you can stay on the lakefront in a cozy, spacious, private campsite, equipped with electric and water hookups. Hot showers and clean restrooms are within walking distance of each site, so you won't need to walk too far to access them. When you're ready for a trek, you can enjoy hiking on one of the many nature trails meandering through the area.
In addition to hiking, guests can swim, kayak, canoe, go fishing, or read a nice book on the shores of Paintsville Lake. Playgrounds, concert performance spaces, a full-service marina, boat ramps, volleyball courts, and a myriad of other fun features await when you're camping at Paintsville Lake Campground.
Kentucky is a wonderland of natural beauty, sought out by outdoor enthusiasts from all over the country for its magnificent mountains, sprawling forests, lakeside recreation spots, and epic caves. Guests who rent an RV near Paintsville Lake Campground can enjoy one of Kentucky’s best state parks without even leaving their campground, as it's part of the larger Paintsville Lake State Park. All the neat amenities like the park’s hiking trails, picnic pavilions, and lakeshore swimming areas will be more than enough to keep you occupied while you stay at the RV campground, and you won’t even need to drive anywhere to enjoy it.
Grayson Lake State Park and Jenny Lake State Resort Park have more of the same, and when it comes to exploring by the lake, you won’t find much better. Grayson Lake State Park in tiny Grayson, Kentucky, has a whole bunch of activities to take part in, like golfing, boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming, and more. Jenny Lake State Resort Park has wilderness lodges, beautiful campgrounds, and a wide-open lake good for just about any water-based activity you can think of.
Nearby Daniel Boone National Forest is the largest wilderness area in all of Kentucky, not too far from your campsite at Paintsville Lake State Park. There are hundreds of places to camp, 600 miles of hiking trails, and several National Natural Landmarks to be seen while driving through this legendary forest.
Over by the city of Bowling Green, you can see the state’s only national park if you don’t mind a small road trip through the Bluegrass State. Mammoth Cave National Park is home to the largest and longest known cave system in the world, so gear up and get ready to explore some subterranean caverns with their own ecosystems and rare bat species. Four hundred miles of passageways in this underground labyrinth mystify and impress all who visit the incredible natural landmark, so don't miss out on it when you pick up your campervan rental near Paintsville, Kentucky.
Paintsville is a small rural community in eastern Kentucky and has a fair number of things to do considering its small size, with small-town diners, little taverns, tiny country shops, and some historical sites. The Stafford House is a small piece of local history, found in the heart of the city. This charming, elegant home was built in 1843, making it the oldest standing building in Paintsville.
Another fun historic site celebrates the life of Loretta Lynn, the so-called “Queen of Country Music.” This legendary performer was born and raised in Paintsville, and her childhood home, the Loretta Lynn Cabin in Butcher’s Hollow, delights country music fans and historic site lovers alike. Visitors to this divine part of Appalachia can really get a feel for the mountain culture and unique heritage of the region when they head to the Loretta Lynn Cabin and learn about the early life of the country superstar.
The U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum further celebrates the tradition of Appalachian music, and when you book an RV in Johnson County, you should make this incredible place part of your itinerary. Full of memorabilia, old antique instruments used by country legends, and a bunch of black and white photographs paint a detailed picture of the music scene throughout the known history of Appalachia, making it a valued piece of history and heritage worth checking out when you do some Paintsville camping.