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The Pennyrile Forest sits on over 15,000-acres of forested land in the heart of western Kentucky. Located in the town of Dawson Springs, the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is located amid rolling hills and the famed hardwood trees of Kentucky and is perfect for a motorhome camping trip. Covering over 800 acres, and with two lakes in its midst – the Pennyrile Lake and Lake Beshear, this state park offers a bevy of recreational activities for visitors traveling here. It’s a great escape into the rustic woods where you get to reconnect with nature.
Named after the native pennyroyal flowering plant that abounds in the area, Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park boasts of excellent outdoor recreation in the form of fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, nature and wildlife viewing, and golfing. Equipped with a lodge, cottages, and campgrounds, camping at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is convenient. Renting an RV is an easy way to get around the area, and for visitors without their rig, RV rentals in Hopkins County make it easy to explore the surrounding areas. Don't forget to check out the neighboring cities of Madisonville and Hopkinsville while you’re in the area too.
RV camping at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is packed with action and adventure. Pennyrile Lake offers excellent fishing opportunities for anglers. Home to bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, and largemouth bass, all you need to do is cast your fishing rod and wait patiently. Remember to carry a Kentucky state fishing license to fish in either lake at Pennyrile Forest State Park.
Boating is sought-after at both Lake Beshear and Pennyrile Lake. While smaller boats like canoe, kayaks, paddleboats, and rowboats are permitted on Pennyrile Lake, larger motorboats are allowed on Lake Beshear. Both lakes offer access to the water via a launching ramp. If you haven’t brought your canoes or kayaks, boat rentals are available at the park.
Bird watchers will be rewarded with great sighting in Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Spring migration brings warblers and rose-breasted grosbeaks, while summer sightings include Louisiana waterthrush, red-eyed vireos, yellow-billed cuckoos, indigo buntings, wood thrushes, pine warblers, and scarlet tanagers.
Hikers get to explore the many trails around Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. The Lake Trail is 1.8 miles long and goes around the Pennyrile Lake. Guided hikes are conducted on the first day of each month and vary in difficulty levels. Along with hiking trails, there are mountain biking and equestrian trails too.
An 18-hole golf course welcomes golfers to ‘tee-off’ at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. The golf course comes with a pro shop, riding carts, pull carts, and rental clubs that can be rented.
Summer is the best time to camp out in your rental motorhome at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. The campground offers 56 campsites, with a range of amenities that include tent camping, 30 and 50 amp electric service, water, a dump station, cable television, and payphone. Campers have access to restrooms and bathhouses, picnic shelters, and laundry facilities. There’s a playground for kids to run around in. Recreation includes swimming in the lake, golf, fishing, boating, hiking, outdoor courts, and wildlife viewing. Pets are welcome at this pet-friendly campground.
When you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, drive to the neighboring town of Eddyville to the Holiday Hills Resort. Holiday Hills Resort has 135 campsites, and amenities include pull-thru sites, tent camping, full hookups, 30 and 50 amp electric service, sewer, water, WiFi, cell phone coverage, and cable television. Recreation at the campground includes a swimming pool, games room, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, and badminton. Bring your furry friends along to this pet-friendly campground.
There’s plenty to do in Hopkins County, and Hopkins County campers will enjoy driving around to the neighboring towns and cities to explore everything on offer. About 26 miles from Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is the city of Madisonville that offers wholesome entertainment for visiting families.
The Mahr Park Arboretum offers an opportunity to experience nature up close. Take a guided tour of the park or attend a class on the flora of the arboretum. Close to the arboretum is the Madisonville City Park, it's also a great place for a round of mini-golf. When you want to stretch your legs, go hiking on one of the many trails, or play some disc golf.
Watch a performance at the Glema Mahr Center for Arts. From award-winning plays to music concerts, there’s always something to watch at the center. Don’t forget to check out the art exhibits at the Anne P Baker Gallery that’s located within the center.
Pick up a map at the visitor center and take a walking tour through downtown Madisonville. The map takes you through the artistic, historic, and patriotic points of interest in the city.
Summer is a great time to be in the city; Friday evening concerts during the summer are the biggest attraction in Madisonville, so time your visit to coincide with the Friday Night Live Festival.
Sample some great southern fare in Madisonville. With lots of small and big eateries and locally-owned restaurants to try out, food is something to look forward to in the city.