Twin Knobs Recreation Area

Area Status: 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 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. 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)

Nearby Trails:  

Cave Run Lake is nestled among the beautiful mountains of eastern Kentucky. Built for flood protection by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this 8,270 lake provides flood protection to the lower Licking River valley and supplies water to area communities, improves water flow conditions on the Licking River, and offers habitat for many species of fish and wildlife. The lake is known for its excellent muskie fishing.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check-in: 2 p.m.
Checkout: 11:00 a.m.
Reservations: 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: Beach & Day Use Fees
  • $10/vehicle for visitor day use. Over 6 per vehicle: $2/person.
  • Walk-in/bicycle $2/person.
  • Commercial buses/vans: $2/person.
  • Vista annual day use/family pass $50.
  • Interpretive programs $8/vehicle.
  • Firewood $7.
Campground Fees
  • $28/single, $35/premium single.
  • $38/double, $50/premium double. 
Optional camping fees:
  • $10/electric.
  • $15/electric and water.
  • $20/electric, water, and sewer.
  • $8/extra vehicle per night.
  • $8/RV dump station per use.
Recreation Fee Information
Open Season: 2nd Friday in March - 1st Sunday in November
Water: Drinking water is available.
Restroom: Flush toilets, showers at bathhouse
Information Center: Cumberland Office Contact Information

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 for persons with disabilities.


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

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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

Recreation areas with activity Group Camping:

Visitor Programs

Recreation areas with activity Visitor Programs:

Visitor programs are scheduled on the weekends.

Group Picnicking

Recreation areas with activity Group Picnicking:

Boating - Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Motorized:

The concrete boat ramp features a dock for easy loading and a large parking lot. Boats may be anchored close to many campsites.

Launch Ramps Concrete boat ramp
Marina/Mooring Boat moorings


Recreation areas with activity Swimming:

Sandy beach with a roped swimming area.

Pool Size Cave Run Lake
Status: Open


Recreation areas with activity Waterskiing:


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.

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