Zilpo Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Restrooms and showers open.

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: Restrooms and showers open.
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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Outdoor Learning

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Water Activities

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Boating - Motorized

The boat ramp has a parking lot and a dock for easy loading. Boats may be anchored near campsites close to the lake. Boats are allowed outside the beach swimming area.

Marina/MooringBoat moorings
Launch RampsConcrete boat ramp


Beach is temporarily shut down.

Registered campers can swim free of charge. Non-campers may swim for a fee of $5/vehicle, up to 5 persons. No lifeguards are provided at the swimming beach.

Swimmers should watch for sharp drop-offs and submerged rocks. Children should be supervised by an adult.

Kentucky law prohibits open containers of alcohol and the consumption of alcohol in public places.

Pool SizeCave Run Lake
Current Conditions: Beach is temporarily shut down.


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.