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)

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: The beach is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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). Reservations must be made at least 10 days in advance. 
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
Information Center: 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.

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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.

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