Zilpo Recreation Area

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Zilpo Recreation Area is a 355-acre campground on Cave Run Lake on Cumberland Ranger District. This area has sites for tent camping and RV hookup.

Basic rental cabins sleep up to 7, with beds, table, porch, accessible ramp entrance and picnic tables. Bathrooms and water are located nearby at the bathhouse.

The campground has bathhouses with hot water showers, hiking and jogging trails, scenic overlooks, a boat ramp and a nearby country store. 

A sandy beach with a roped swimming area offers visitors a spectacular view of the lake.

Zilpo Campground Map (pdf)

Cave Run Lake area maps

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed for the winter.
Operational Hours: Campground Season: March 23 - October 28, Check with district office for opening date. Only registered campers are allowed at Zilpo after 10 p.m. 
Reservations: The cabins and campsites may be reserved by visiting the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) website. Call  877-444-6777 (877-833-6777 for the hearing impaired) or 606-780-7818.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees Fee required.  
Open Season: Mid April - Mid October
Closest Towns: Morehead
Water: Drinking water is centrally located.
Restroom: Flush toilets and bathhouse are available.
Passes: An annual pass for beach use is available for $55
Operated By: Concessionaire - Thousand Trails
Information Center:
For Reservation/Camping Information:
Thousand Trails
5195 KY 801 S.
Morehead, KY 40351
For General Information:
Cumberland Ranger District
2375 KY 801 South
Morehead, KY 40351

General Information


From US 60, take KY 211 through Salt Lick. Turn onto Forest Service Road 129. Go 2.5 miles to Forest Service Road 918. Follow 918 approximately 8 miles to the Zilpo Recreation Area.


The bathhouse is accessible. 


Parking is available at the campsites, cabin, store, beach and bathhouses.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

The campground has three miles of shoreline along Cave Run Lake. Many campsites are within walking distance of the lakeshore. 

Fire Information Campfires are permitted in grills only. Make sure fires are out before retiring at night and when leaving your campsite.

RV Camping

The RV dump station is located at the campground entrance.

Dump StationsDump station at camp entrance.
Reservation InfoSome sites may be reserved, through www.recreation.gov or National Recreation Reservation Service: 1-877-444-6777 or 1-877-833-6777 for hearing impaired.

Cabin Rentals

The cabin will sleep up to seven persons. A $50 refundable deposit is due upon arrival.

Reservation Info Reserve through National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) at 1-877-444-6777 or at www.recreation.gov. Reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance. A 2-night minimum is required for weekends and weekdays. A 3-night minimum is required on holidays.
Size Restrictions7

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Picnic tables Tables are available at the campsites and the beach picnic area.
Drinking water Drinking water is centrally located.
Toilets Flush toilets and showers are available.
Boat ramp The Zilpo Recreation Area has a concrete boat ramp.
Tent camping Tent pads with lantern posts occur at each site.
Accessible The bathhouse is accessible.
Camping trailer 30 sites have electric hookups for RVs.