Area Status: Open
Cave Run Lake is nestled among the rolling hills of northeastern Kentucky. It is located on the Cumberland Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest. This 8,270-acre lake provides flood protection and a clean water supply to area communities. Tourists enjoy the lake for its scenery and excellent recreation opportunities.
Cave Run Lake Area Map
Boating, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting and wildlife viewing are some of the activities enjoyed by visitors.
Campgrounds: The Twin Knobs and Zilpo campgrounds provide nearly 400 campsites, some with RV hook-ups. The campgrounds also have swimming beaches and group-use picnic areas.
Boat ramps: Cave Run Lake has 12 ramps for boat launching. A fee pass is required to use Alfrey, Claylick, Poppin Rock, Long Bow, Scott Creek and Warix boat ramps. Passes may be purchased at local vendors or at the Cumberland Ranger District office.
Picnic areas: The Billy Branch and Boat Gunnel picnic areas are popular locations near Cave Run Lake.
Trails: Several trails are developed in the Cave Run Lake area. These trails wind through the forest, providing scenic views and glimpses of wildlife.
View information about Cave Run Lake Nonmotorized Trails for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking around Cave Run Lake.
Some of the most popular recreation areas around Cave Run Lake include:
Twin Knobs Recreation Area
Zilpo Recreation Area
For camping reservations call NATIONAL RECREATION RESERVATION SERVICE: 877-444-6777 or 877-833-6777 for hearing impaired.
White Sulphur Horse Camp
Clear Creek Recreation Area
Clay Lick Boat-in Campground
At a Glance
Some recreation areas and boat ramps require the purchase of a fee pass.
Recreation Fee Schedule
Where to buy your pass
||U.S. Forest Service
||Cumberland Ranger District - Daniel Boone National Forest
2375 KY 801 South
Morehead, KY 40351
The lake is 60 miles east of Lexington, Kentucky. Exits 123, 133, and 137 off Interstate 64 provide the primary access routes.
The recreation areas, boat ramps and trailheads have parking areas.