Explore America's Campgrounds
Dense hardwood trees and sandstone cliffs line the 192 miles of shore that wrap around Laurel River Lake. Spend your day swimming at the beach near the reservoir's dam, using one of the eight ramps to launch your boat, or taking advantage of the lake's clear blue water to scuba dive. Beyond this, the lake's location in the Daniel Boone National Forest presents abundant opportunities to hike past waterfalls, spotting elk, fox and bobcats in their native habitat.
Visit Laurel River Lake via a short hiking trail from Laurel Lake Camping Resort. The private campground at the south end of the lake hosts seven rental cabins from the first of April through the end of October. Two of the deluxe cabins are more akin to small homes with bedrooms, bathrooms and a full kitchen with stove and dishwasher. Two smaller cabins feature bedrooms and kitchenettes, while the remaining three are more basic bunkhouse-style with only bedroom and bath. Pets are not allowed at any of the cabins. Anglers enjoy the campground's on-site catch-and-release pond stocked with bass, catfish and bluegill.
The Corbin/Laurel Lake KOA hosts three different types of cabins at the east edge of Daniel Boone National Forest, easily accessible from Interstate Highway 75. Cabins range from deluxe with flat-screen televisions and full kitchens to one-room cabins with no bathrooms. After dropping off bags in your cabin, play a game of horseshoes or cornhole before taking a dip in the park's pool -- open from mid-May to the end of September.
With the Birds
Less than five miles from Laurel River Lake, the Tree Top Roundhouse, built into the side of a hill, suspends 40 feet above the ground to overlook the Cumberland River. A 78-foot deck wraps around the rental house, providing views in every direction. Inside, the three-bedroom roundhouse has two bathrooms, an open living room and a full kitchen. Two queen-size beds and two twin-size beds accommodate up to six people. Bring your all-terrain vehicle to cruise the property. The roundhouse does not allow pets or indoor smoking and requires a minimum two-night stay.
From Rustic to Refined
At Falls Creek Cabins and Campground, a 25- to 30-minute drive from Laurel River Lake, cabins also come in three varieties. The campground's resort-style Star Falls Cabin is a small, three-bedroom home that sleeps up to 12 people and has a full kitchen, gas fireplace, wireless Internet, high-definition flat-screen television and outdoor cooking area with gas grill and additional fireplace. Smaller cabins sleep up to four people comfortably and have air conditioning, heat and a small refrigerator. The park also has rustic one-room cabins that sleep up to 10 people and provide minimal electricity but no water. Both of the lower-end cabin options allow pets.
- Laurel Lake Camping Resort
- Corbin/Laurel Lake KOA: Cabin Accommodations
- Corbin/Laurel Lake KOA: Campground Amenities
- The Tree Top Roundhouse: About Us
- The Tree Top Roundhouse: Terms and Conditions
- Falls Creek Cabins and Campground: Directions to Falls Creek Cabins and Campground
- Falls Creek Cabins and Campground: Star Falls Cabin
- Falls Creek Cabins and Campground: Cozy Cabins
- Falls Creek Cabins and Campground: Camp-Inns
Mary Locke has been writing professionally since 2009. She has contributed to various online and print publications, including the Skint Press travel series. Locke holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Portland State University.