General Butler State Park RV & Campground Guide

Kentucky

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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Weather
Spring 57-76 F
Summer 61-87 F
Fall 36-80 F
Winter 23-48 F
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Nearby Cities
Carrollton, KY
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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

Inside General Butler State Park

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.

Restaurants

Two Rivers Restaurant

The name and fish camp decor evoke the nearby Ohio and Kentucky rivers. They serve up Kentucky favorites like catfish and hushpuppies and Kentucky hot browns...as well as locally grown produce.

Type: Southern

Location: Carrollton, KY

Mi Viejo Mexican Restaurant

If you’re in the mood for Mexican food in Carrollton, try Mi Viejo. The lunch buffet is well-reviewed and highly recommended.

Type: Mexican

Location: Carrollton, KY

Crystal & Jules

Crystal & Jules is a dinner-only, full-service, upscale restaurant in downtown Madison, run by a chef who was born and raised in town. Try a fresh, handmade pasta dish, or seafood or steak.

Type: American, dinner

Location: Madison, IN

Shopping

The Homestead

The Homestead Antiques owner, Linda, specializes in primitives. She has collected a variety of wooden bowls, cabinets, and pottery. You can also find antique signs, glassware, and other antiques at the store. You’re sure to head home with a unique souvenir from your trip!

Location: Carrollton, KY

Sightseeing

River Valley Winery

Pop into the winery for a glass of wine, or bring a picnic and buy a bottle to accompany your lunch. Sit under the arbor and enjoy a beautiful view, along with the garden and the local llamas. The llamas are on-hand to keep away the coyotes and other predators and to produce fiber and fertilizer for the farm.

Location: Carrollton, KY

Lanier Mansion State Historic Site

The Lanier Mansion is a great place to learn about history as it was in the 1840s when the Ohio River was considered the gateway to the west. You can tour the Greek Revival home of James F. D. Lanier, a former Indiana General Assembly clerk. See the beautiful architecture, including Corinthian columns on the south portico, the spiral staircase, and the curved door near the stairs. Be sure to save some time for the formal gardens outside.

Location: Madison, IN

Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls can change from roaring waterfalls to delicate bridal-veil mists to sparkling frozen masterpieces. There is hiking year-round, and beautiful scenery. You can also see fossils in the Clifty Creekbed.

Location: Madison, IN

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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!