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Status: Open through Sun Nov 01 2015
Max reservation window: Thu Jun 30 2016
32 site(s) found


A 5,795-acre lake makes Nolin Lake State Park a peaceful destination for recreation and relaxation. The campground, on the shoreline of Nolin Lake, offers all the natural scenery and comforts you expect, without the crowds. Enjoy the lake from the sand beach or launch your watercraft from the boat ramp. The park has a picnic pavilion, tables and grills, for family outings and group events.


"Top off" your visit to Mammoth Cave National Park with a trip to Nolin Lake State Park. A campground and a 5,795 acre lake make Nolin the site for aboveground recreation.


Bass, walleye, catfish and crappie are the prize catches here. There is a launching ramp on the lake, and a sand beach curves along the lakeshore.


There are 32 campsites with water and electricity, 20 primitive sites, a restroom/shower building, laundry facilities, and dump station. A playground is located by the sites. Three sites have been adapted for the disabled. Picnic tables can be found throughout the park.

Nearby Attractions:

Mammoth Cave National Park is nearby.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Admin Service, Copying
  • Admin Service, Faxing
  • Bathhouse, Storm Shelter
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Boating, Power
  • Camper Appreciation Weekend
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Grocery store
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trail
  • Jogging/Running
  • Laundry
  • Maintenance
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicing
  • Playground
  • Restroom
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Retail, Supplies
  • Scenic driving routes
  • Skiing - Water
  • Snorkling
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming - Lake
  • Trail, Hiking/Walking, Easy
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Reservoir
  • Water Access, River/Stream
  • Water Drinking
  • Water Skiing
Within 10 Miles
  • Archery
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Churches
  • Dining
  • First Aid Station
  • Fishing River
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Golfing
  • Horse Rentals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Newspapers
  • Propane
  • Restaurant
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming - River
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Airport
  • Amphitheater
  • Antiquing
  • Art & Museum
  • Baseball/Softball Fld
  • Biking
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Cave Exploring/Spelunking
  • Dock, Boat
  • Emergency Services
  • Historic Sites
  • Hospital
  • Marina
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Museum
  • Nature Study
  • Putt-Putt
  • Rent Boats
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shopping
  • Theme Park
  • Town
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails, Difficult Hiking
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Water Slides
Alerts and Important Information
General campground rules and regulations apply.

Can only make reservations from April 1st. to Oct. 31. Please note that the Bath house is handicap accessible.

Please note:

  • The maximum reservation window is 12 months in advance to the date.
  • New Inventory is made available when the call center opens.
  • There is a 1 night minimum stay during the week at all parks.
  • There is a 2 night minimum stay on peak season weekends at all parks with the exception of the Kentucky Horse Park.
  • The minimum stay on peak season weekends at the Kentucky Horse Park is 1 night.
  • Customers may arrive on a Friday or Saturday and stay a minimum of two nights.
  • Customer service is authorized to fill in any empty spaces caused by the 2-night weekend stay rule.
  • Please note the following:

  • Longer minimum night stays are required at most campgrounds during holiday periods.
  • Parks prohibits the importation firewood by campers from any state outside of Kentucky. This is in an effort to help prevent the introduction of the Emerald Ash Borer into the state. Firewood is available for sale in the state park campgrounds. http://parks.ky.gov/regulations/firewood.htm
  • Please note that the Kentucky Department of Parks permits the use of non-licensed vehicles in campgrounds, including golf carts, only by those individuals with a disability. This policy will be enforced for the safety of all guests.
  • Kentucky Campground sites can be occupied by a maximum of 8 occupants. Four (4) adults and children 16 and under are included in the base rate. Each additional adult is $5.00 per night will be collected upon arrival at the park.
  • 2 units are allowed per site. (Example: 1 RV & 1 Tent or 1 Pop-up & 1 Tent, or 2 tents). Only 1 unit is allowed electric hook-up without additional charge.

    All tents must be put on gravel pads. None of the electric and water sites allow tents to be set up on the grass

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    37.29694, -86.21194
    37°17'49"N, 86°12'43"W

    Nolin Lake State Park is north of Mammoth Cave National Park. From Nashville: On I-65, take exit 28 at Bowling Green. Turn north on US 31W, drive 12 to 15 miles, and turn left onto KY 101. At the town of Rhoda, KY 101 merges with KY 259. Follow Ky 259 North to KY 728 East. Turn right onto KY 728 East. Approximately 7 miles later, turn left onto KY 1827. Follow KY 1827 to the park. From Louisville: On I-65, exit onto the Western Kentucky Parkway at Elizabethtown. Follow the Western Kentucky Parkway to the Leitchfield exit (107) onto KY 259 South. From Leitchfield, drive 17 miles on KY 259 South to KY 728 East. Turn left onto KY 728 East. Approximately 7 miles later, turn left onto KY 1827. Follow KY 1827 to the park.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    2998 Briar Creek Rd
    Mammoth Cave  KY  42259

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (270)286-4240