General Butler State Park RV & Campground Guide


General Butler is northern Kentucky’s first state park. It began as a 300-acre tract that was part of the old William O. Butler family farm, so it’s both a place of natural beauty and outdoor activities, and also a historic site. It’s the only spot in Kentucky that has a view of the convergence of the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers. The Butlers, for whom the park is named, were one of Kentucky’s great historic families. Butlers were soldiers in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Mexican Wars, among others. They served as congressmen, and one ran for governor.  The park preserves the old Butler family home built in 1859, which is open for tours. 

Weather at the park is somewhat rainy, with the park getting about a week of rain each month of the year. Spring is the rainiest season. It does get cold in winter - lows are around 23F. Summers don’t get too hot, and the average high isn’t even in the 90s. However, Kentucky can get quite humid.

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Spring 57-76 F
Summer 61-87 F
Fall 36-80 F
Winter 23-48 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in General Butler State Park

General Butler State Park has more than 100 campsites with utility hookups. If you choose to rent an RV to camp, consider renting with RVshare. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team that will work to make sure you get the perfect RV to suit your family and travel needs.  

There are other campgrounds nearby you can try as well:

Two Rivers Campground

This campground in Carrollton is right where the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers meet. You’re just 14 miles from the Kentucky Speedway and 20 miles from Belterra Casino in Indiana. 

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: no

  • Wi-Fi: yes

  • Pet friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: playground, river access

Lake Jericho Recreational Area

Lake Jericho is 137 acres and is located in Henry County, KY. The park offers bank fishing, along with picnic tables and grills. Camping is available on a first come basis. 

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wi-Fi: n/a

  • Pet friendly: n/a

  • Other amenities: camp/fishing store,

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What to Do at
General Butler State Park

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Gerald Butler State Park has plenty of things to offer on a visit! From biking to birding to boating, you’re sure to find something you and your friends and family will love to do together. Activities at the park include: 

Biking: Mountain biking is available on the Fossil Trail - a 4 ½ mile loop that is open from spring til fall. The trail is for skilled riders, and anyone under 16 needs to have an adult accompany them.

Birding: In fall and winter, look for Canada geese, mallards, wood ducks, Great Blue Herons, wild turkeys, and juncos. Year-round, you could spot turkey vultures, Cooper’s hawks, owls, woodpeckers, and more. And in spring and summer, ruby-throated hummingbirds and whip-poor-wills make the park their home. 

Boating: The lake is open to non-motorized boats all year-round. You can rent canoes, pedal boats, and rowboats from the Boat Dock on weekends. 

Fishing: Try your hand at catching bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish which are all stocked in Butler Lake. You can fish from shore, or from personal non-motorized boats all year. 

Hiking: There are two nature trails in the park - a ¼ mile trail and a ½ mile loop trail. 

Miniature Golf: Enjoy a round of mini golf overlooking beautiful Butler Lake. 

Museum: The Butler-Turpin Home is near the rear entrance to the park. It shares what life was like along the river, and highlights the military contributions of the Butlers. Military documents, furniture, and other objects bring the family to life.

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How to Get to
General Butler State Park

From Carrollton: Head east on Highland Ave toward Postal Alley. Pass the NAPA Auto Parts. Turn right onto State Hwy 320/11th St. Turn left onto General Butler Park Rd. Follow signs into the park.

Entering General Butler State Park

Admission to the park is free year-round.

Heading out on an adventure in an RV is a great way to spend time and create memories with the people you love! Renting an RV with RVshare makes the trip easy and stress-free. Whether you choose to rent an RV near your home and make the trek, or fly into Kentucky and rent an RV for camping, you’re sure to have an adventure you won’t soon forget! We would love to see pictures of your travels - be sure to send us photos of your trip to [email protected] and tag us on social media. Your memories could be featured on our blog, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page!

Frequently Asked Questions About General Butler State Park

What is the best time of year to visit General Butler State Park?

Summer is the best time to visit General Butler State Park. Temperatures during the summer months do not get too high, making the park ideal for all kinds of outdoor recreation.

What is the climate of General Butler State Park?

This park experiences a humid continental climate with warm and humid summers. The winters are usually cold, wet and short. Summer temperatures can reach a high of 87 degrees Fahrenheit, while winter temperatures can fall into the twenties.

What kind of wildlife can be found in General Butler State Park?

General Butler State Park teems with many birds, including Great Blue herons, Canada geese, Northern mockingbirds, woodpeckers, owls and goldfinches. Butler Lake is also abundant with bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at General Butler State Park and what is the cost?

Reserving a camping spot at General Butler State Park is not mandatory. Nevertheless, guests are advised to book a space to secure a good camping area, particularly in the busy months. The cost of a reservation is less than $20.

Are pets allowed at General Butler State Park?

Pets are allowed to access this state park. However, guests can come with a maximum of two dogs. The dogs should behave appropriately and be on a leash at all times.