Twin Knobs Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Twin Knobs is a 700-acre campground that provides outdoor recreation with lots of amenities. Nearly 200 campsites are developed to accommodate RVs and tent camping. Twin Knobs is located at Cave Run Lake on Cumberland Ranger District. 

The campground facilities include bath houses with showers and flush toilets; three group-use areas; scenic foot trails with overlooks; and nearby boat ramps with vehicle and boat trailer parking. The campground also has volleyball courts, basketball goals and horseshoe pits. A sandy beach with a roped swimming area offers visitors a spectacular view of the lake. Boats are allowed outside of the swimming area. The beach and bath house are accessible.

The Twin Knobs store is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week. Your one stop shop to purchase food, floats, ice, wood, etc. during your beach and camping stay. Open 05/28/2021 through 09/06/2021. Restrictions: No more than 4 customers at a time in store.

3 Group Use Areas: East (capacity up to 100 persons), West (capacity up to 180 persons), and Tent Area (capacity up to 60 persons)

View Twin Knobs Campground map (pdf) Spanish version (pdf)

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Campground checkout time is 1:00 p.m.
  • The amphitheater, campsites and group-use areas may be reserved at or by calling 877-444-6777 (877-833-6777 for hearing impaired) or 606-780-7818.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees A camping fee is required. Please pay at the entrance station. 
  • $25-single/non-electric. $35-single/electric.
  • $40-single/electric/water. $35-double/nonelectric.
  • $45-double/electric. $50-double/electric/sewer/water.
  • Prime location $30-$55 prime rates without additional fees.
  • RV dump station $6/use.
  • Site changes after 1 change $5.
  • Extra vehicle $8/night.
  • Day use: up to 5 persons/vehicle $8; walk-in/bicycle$2/person.
  • Thousand Trails annual day use/family $40.
  • Interpretive programs $8/vehicle.
  • Firewood $7.
Recreation Fee Information Making Reservations
Permit Info: A Special Use Permit is required for commercial activities (for example: fishing tournaments, rental of boats, trail rides, races, etc). A permit is also required for all noncommercial group uses involving more than 75 people.
Open Season: 2nd Friday in March - 1st Sunday in November
Usage: Heavy

Food and trash storage are mandatory, to reduce odors that attract bears. Unless cooking or eating, store your food inside a hardtop vehicle, the trunk of a car or a bear-resistant container. (Order DB-02-15)

Alcohol use is prohibited on national forest land and Kentucky lakes and waterways. (KRS 222.202) (Order DB-02-15)

Campfire must be DEAD OUT before leaving. (36 CFR 261.5)

No fires outside of a fire ring provided by the Forest Service or outside of a stove, grill or fireplace. (36 CFR 261.16)

The following are prohibited:

  • Failing to dispose of all garbage, including any paper, can, bottle, sewage, waste water or material, or rubbish either by removal from the site or area, or by depositing it into receptacles or at places provided for such purposes. (36 CFR 261.11)
  • Dumping of any refuse, debris, trash or litter brought as such from private property. (36 CFR 261.11)
  • Camping or maintaining a campsite for more than 14 consecutive days without having first terminated occupancy of that campground for a minimum of 10 days within a 31 day time frame. (Order DB-01-15)
  • Entering or remaining in a designated campground between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. except for persons occupying the campsite. (Order DB-01-15)
  • Failing to remove all camping equipment or personal property when vacating the site. 36 CFR 261.16 (f).
  • Occupying any portion of the site for other than recreation purposes. 36 CFR 261.16 (a).
  • Placing, maintaining, or using camping equipment except in a place specifically designated or provided for such equipment. 36 CFR 261.16 (g).
  • Leaving camping equipment unattended for more than 24 hours without permission. 36 CFR 261.16 (i).
  • Failing to have at least one person occupy a camping area during the first night after camping equipment has been set up. 36 CFR 261.16 (h).
Closest Towns: Morehead, KY
Water: Drinking water is available.
Restroom: Flush toilets, showers at bathhouse
Operated By: Concessionaire - Thousand Trails
Information Center:
For Reservation/Camping Information:
5195 KY 801 S.
Morehead, KY 40351
For General Information:
Cumberland Ranger District
2375 KY 801 South
Morehead, KY 40351

General Information


From I-64, take Exit 133 and go south on KY 801. The campground is 9 miles on the right.


The bathhouse and some picnic shelters are accessible. 


Parking is available at the campsites, amphitheater, bathhouse and picnic area. 

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:
No. of Sites 199 campsites
Reservation Info
Fire Information Campfires are permitted in fire rings only. Make sure fires are out before retiring at night or when leaving your campsite.
Sleeping Shelter None

RV Camping

Recreation areas with activity RV Camping:

Dump station is located at the campground entrance. 

Group Camping

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Outdoor Learning

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Camping trailer Sites can accommodate large RVs. The campground has electrical hook-ups on 141 sites.
Picnic tables Picnic tables are available at the campsites, picnic shelters and group-use areas.
Tent camping Tent camping is available at the campground and group area.
Toilets Flush toilets and showers are available.
Accessible The bathhouse and picnic shelters are accessible.
Boat ramp The concrete boat ramp is suitable for lauching recreational lake boats.
Drinking water Drinking water is available from faucets in the campground.