Nolin Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide


Nolin Lake State Park was officially opened to the public in May of 2001. With 5,795 acres of lake and 333 acres of land, it has become the perfect place for outdoor recreation. It runs along the northern edge of Mammoth Cave National Park in Edmonson County. Great blue heron, wild turkey, sandhill cranes, squirrels, and other wildlife call this place home. When visiting, you'll love the mild temperatures, but you may want to consider bringing a jacket along for the chilly nights. The state park is slightly over 11 miles west of Bee Spring and 16.5 miles southwest of Brownsville.

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Spring 32-77 F
Summer 59-89 F
Fall 33-82 F
Winter 21-47 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Nolin Lake State Park

Whether you visit Nolin Lake State Park during the hot summer or cold winter, an RV is the perfect home base. Your recreational vehicle will keep you protected from all outdoor weather climates. If you don't have an RV, consider renting one from RVshare.com. All rentals come with 24/7 roadside assistance, nationwide insurance, and a dedicated team member ready to assist you.

Brier Creek Campground

Brier Creek Campground is close to Nolin Lake. There are a total of 32 sites that can accommodate any size RV, travel trailer, or fifth-wheel. The campground is surrounded by mature trees with easy access to the lake.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Playground and boat rentals

Dog Creek Campground

Situated on the southern shores of Nolin River Lake near route 88, Dog Creek Campground has 70 campsites with modern amenities. The campground is the perfect recreational oasis for outdoor enthusiasts. All the sites are along the shoreline for easy access to the lake and beach.

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Restrooms, beach, and dump station

Moutardier Campground

Moutardier Campground offers 167 campsites on the opposite side of the water from Nolin Lake State Park. All campsites have a picnic table and a metal holder for hanging up lanterns. Golf carts and mopeds are permitted inside the campground on gravel or paved surfaces.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Picnic table, restrooms, and showers

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What to Do at
Nolin Lake State Park

Inside Nolin Lake State Park

Nolin Lake State Park is a terrific place to go fishing; since the lake has an abundance of bass, walleye, crappie, and catfish, you're bound to catch something. There are also about 9.2 miles of singletrack trails for hiking and mountain biking, plus a small waterfall can be seen on the trail. During the summer, take a dip in the lake and swim the day away or relax on the beach. Picnicking, bird-watching, and wildlife observing are also popular at Nolin Lake State Park.

Outside Nolin Lake State Park

Once you have depleted all there is to do inside the park, you can begin seeing the sights outside Nolin Lake. The area around Mammoth Cave is full of restaurants, shops, and other attractions. Several of these establishments are family-friendly, so everyone can have fun. 


Blue Holler Café

Delicious home-cooked German dishes and excellent service are what you can expect from this café. A popular menu item that visitors go for is the 23-ounce soft pretzel. 

Type: German

Location: 7713 Nolin Dam Road, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259

Lincoln Country Corner

Friday fish fry, hot sandwiches, and a variety of sides can be bought at the Lincoln Country Corner. The place is set up like a homey little restaurant and store combination, so you can order food to eat there or purchase snacks, drinks, and baked goods to go.

Type: American

Location: 80 Stockholm Road, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259

Mis Amigos Mexican Grill

The steak fajitas are cooked to perfection at Mis Amigos Mexican Grill. The restaurant serves authentic Mexican dishes, soups, and salads. Don't forget to try the turtle cheesecake, fried ice cream, or other desserts on the menu.

Type: Mexican

Location: 600 Highway 259 North, Brownsville, KY 42210

Bee Spring Restaurant

Bee Spring Restaurant serves fresh hot southern meals such as smoked pork, beef, and chicken dishes. Kick back and relax and order something for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There is a kid's menu for small appetites.

Type: Southern, American

Location: 7879 Highway 259 North, Bee Spring, KY 42207

Hickory Cabins Grill

Build a pizza the way you like at Hickory Cabins Grill with as many toppings as you can handle at no additional cost. The restaurant has excellent food and a friendly atmosphere. 

Type: American

Location: 8679 Nolin Dam Road, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259


Sailings Grocery & Bait Shop

This is the closest grocery store to the state park, making it the ideal place to restock your RV food supplies. They sell hot pizza and a variety of sandwiches here. Anglers can pick up any bait supplies that are needed for the next fishing adventure. 

Location: 2884 Nolin Dam Road, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259

Lincoln Trail Outfitters

Lincoln Trail Outfitters is the ideal place to go if you’re looking for outdoor recreational gear. Not only do they sell camping, hiking, or paddle sport adventure items, but they also rent fishing and recreational kayaks.

Location: 8679 Nolin Dam Road, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259

Family Dollar

The Family Dollar discount store has reasonable low prices on a wide selection of household items, including cleaning supplies, laundry soap, and over-the-counter medications. You'll find great deals on basic food supplies like milk, eggs, and different loaves of bread.

Location: 644 South Main Street, Brownsville, KY 42210

Indian Hills Shopping Center

At this shopping center, you'll find a variety of retail shops to browse through. It's a great place to pick up a souvenir or other retail item.

Location: 115 Sequoia Drive, Leitchfield, KY 42754

Second Chance Consignment and Variety Store

Don't mind wearing used clothing and are looking for a great deal? The Second Chance Consignment and Variety Store may have just what you need.

Location: 4970 Nolin Dam Road, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259


Blue Holler Offroad Park

Bring your ATV or off-road vehicle to the Blue Holler Offroad Park, which extends over 1,000 acres. You will be required to sign a waiver to enter the park. There is a fee of $ 15 per person; 12 and under are free.

Location: 3869 Nolin Dam Road, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259

Diamond Caverns

Located adjacent to Mammoth Cave National Park, Diamond Caverns offers some natural beauty of its own. It is the second oldest show cave in the Central Kentucky Cave Region, and guided tours have been offered here for well over 160 years. During the tour, you will be able to explore the science and history behind the caverns.

Location: 1900 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Park City, KY 42160

Mammoth Cave National Park

You'll enjoy rolling hills, deep river valleys, and one of the longest known cave systems at Mammoth Cave National Park. It's the home of a thousand years of history and diverse plant and animal life. The park offers cave tours, ranger-led programs, hiking, horseback riding, and more.

Location: 1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259

Dinosaur World

Take a family day out to Dinosaur World and experience 150 life-size dinosaurs along with the theme park's numerous shows and exhibits. The prehistoric museum features collections of trilobites, mammoth bones, dinosaur claws, and more.

Location: 711 Mammoth Cave Road, Cave City, KY 42127

Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum

Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum has nearly 14,000 square feet of exhibit area containing rare and exotic animals. Self-guided tours are offered in the museum for a small admission fee. There is a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs or a toy for your youngster.

Location: 409 East Happy Valley Street, Cave City, KY 42127

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How to Get to
Nolin Lake State Park

From Bee Spring, head south on Old Bee Spring Road toward KY-259 South and turn left onto KY-259 South. Follow for about a mile and a half. Turn left onto KY-728, follow for less than seven miles, and turn left onto Orville Carrol Road. In a short distance, turn left onto State Highway 1827/Brier Creek Road, and then follow signs to the state park

Entering Nolin Lake State Park

Nolin Lake State Park is open all year round.

Nolin Lake State Park Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $0.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Nolin Lake State Park

What is the climate of Nolin Lake State Park?

The climate of Nolin Lake State Park is moderate. The summers experience temperatures between 59 and 89 degrees Fahrenheit, and the winters are regularly as cold as 21 degrees. The park also sees regular rain throughout the year.

Are pets allowed at Nolin Lake State Park?

Pets are allowed at Nolin Lake State Park as long as they remain on leashes of no more than six feet. Additionally, all pets in the park must be up-to-date on their vaccinations.

What is the best time of year to visit Nolin Lake State Park?

You can't go wrong visiting Nolin Lake State Park any time between May and September. That way, the weather will be relatively warm to enjoy activities like hiking, picnicking, and fishing.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Nolin Lake State Park?

The park is home to quite a few interesting wildlife species. During your visit, you should keep your eyes open for great blue herons, sandhill cranes, wild turkeys, squirrels, and other birds and small mammals.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Nolin Lake State Park?

The campground at Nolin Lake State Park has 59 available campsites, 32 of which are designated RV sites. All of the RV sites are equipped with water and electrical hookups.