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Sitting on the widest part of Kentucky Lake is a beautiful 841-acre recreational area characterized by wooded greenery and sun-kissed coast. This lovely sanctuary is called Paris Landing State Park, and it's among the favorite natural retreats in Tennessee. The tranquil and charming environment beckons RVers, anglers, golfers, and birdwatchers throughout the whole year.
The park was founded in 1945 and was named for an important landing pier which transported goods on the Tennessee River during the early 19th century. The town of Paris is just over 15 miles away. The park is also close to the Kentucky border as well as the cities of Hazel (16 miles) and Murray (20 miles). Lastly, just 15 miles from the park, across Kentucky Lake, is the town of Dover. Those who are planning on renting an RV should have no trouble finding a suitable option in one of these towns. Searching for RV rentals in Henry County is also a good option for this trip.
Families from all over the country come here to spend their vacation motorhome camping, making memories, and enjoying a variety of outdoor activities. Those who love to observe the wildlife can do so while traversing one of the park’s hiking trails. The park features two hiking loops, both winding through scenic forests and thickets. The paved, one-mile Healthy Hike Trail is ADA accessible. If you're lucky, you might see deer, foxes, coyotes, or turkeys roaming about.
Those of you who are patient and know how to tread lightly should visit the areas that guests use for birding. Over 185 bird species fly here to roost, but the ones you'll be able to spot will vary depending on the season. Generally speaking, from late fall through spring, you should have no trouble spotting waterfowl, bufflehead, hooded mergansers, and ruddy duck. Along the shoreline of Kentucky Lake, bald eagles are seen regularly and are one of the favorite birds among the visitors.
Guests camping at Paris Landing State Park during summer mostly spend their time in the swimming area of the lake, or by the pool. Of course, the sports fields are teeming with activity during the season as well, as many love to spend their time playing softball, tennis, or basketball. Furthermore, Kentucky Lake’s western shore consists of forest and rolling hills, which is one of the reasons why its golf course is so popular. If you love playing golf or you would like to try, you came to the right place.
Paris Landing State Park RV campground features 45 sites with water and 30-amp electric hookups. Open year-round, the campground welcomes rigs up to 38 feet long. You'll have access to all the standard camping amenities here, including restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, and a seasonal dump station.
Don't want to camp in an RV? Reserve one of the park's fully equipped, three-bedroom cabins. Pets that are kept on a leash are allowed at the campground, but you're responsible for cleaning after them. You can reserve your site online or via phone.
Before you call time on your vacation, take time to see some of the attractions within driving distance. As mentioned, Murray, Kentucky is just 20 minutes away, and Murray State University features a lovely arboretum. This garden houses many native plants, but mostly trees, flowers, and shrubs. There's also a butterfly garden with a variety of butterfly species. Nature enthusiasts love to come here and see just how many they can spot.
Also while in Kentucky (or Tennessee, for that matter), you can go to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Here, you'll find an observatory with a spectacular educational program that visitors of all ages will find interesting. The observatory has multiple events on its schedule, so regardless of the time you choose to visit, there's bound to be something exciting happening that day.
A little closer to the park in Dover, Fort Donelson is a fortress built during the American Civil War by the Confederacy, named after Daniel S. Donelson. If you're keen to brush up on American history and see one of the most strategically important bases during the civil turmoil, check out Fort Donelson.
In case you don't feel like preparing food on your own, you'll be glad to hear that there are a few restaurants near the park; however, these are mostly fast food options. For those who really want to pamper their palate with a more diverse menu, head to Paris. Additionally, there are gas stations and stores conveniently located outside of the park and all along the road to Paris. This makes it easy for guests to refill their campervan rental and restock their supplies if needed.