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Camping in Kentucky

Home to the longest cave system in the world, top-notch climbing, and the "Niagara of the South," Kentucky is so much more than an equestrian's paradise.

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As you might expect, equestrian campers in Kentucky have plentiful pickings when it comes to wilderness adventures. But spelunkers and rock climbers also find much to love about the Bluegrass State. Mammoth Cave National Park lays claim to the longest cave system known in the world. And Red River Gorge at Daniel Boone National Forest is consistently ranked as a top global climbing destination.

Kentucky’s diverse landscape has more than 40 national and state parks. It's a camper’s paradise whether you’re on foot or on hoof. Carter Caves State Resort Park is home to more than 20 caverns beneath its forested hills. When you’ve had your fill of underground exploration, perfect your swing on the 9-hole golf course. Camping options range from two-bedroom cottages to primitive tent and pull-through horse campsites.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park offers 17 miles of scenic hiking trails and guided rafting trips on the Cumberland River. The park is contained entirely within the Daniel Boone National Forest. It’s home to “Niagara of the South,” the epic 68-foot-tall Cumberland Falls. Cabin rentals, cottages, campsites and the 51-room historic DuPont Lodge provide plentiful sleeping options.

With 31 Kentucky campgrounds to choose from in the state park system, there’s bound to be one that aligns with your needs. Equestrian-friendly state parks include Dale Hollow Lake, Pennyrile Forest, Taylorsville Lake, and Carter Caves. And if you're passing through Middlesboro, check out Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. You can stand in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia all at the same time here.

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