| Columbus-Belmont State Park in Columbus made the top 100 campgrounds for the second year in a row by ReserveAmerica. It was the only Kentucky campground to stay in the top 100 again this year. Three Kentucky State Park campgrounds joined the 2009 list: Fort Boonesborough near Richmond, Green River Lake State Park near Campbellsville and Levi Jackson State Park near London. The campgrounds on the 2008 Top 100 list were: Barren River Lake State Resort Park near Glasgow, Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park near Burkesville, Green River Lake State Park near Campbellsville, John James Audubon State Park at Henderson and Nolin Lake State Park near Mammoth Cave. To see last year's complete list go to 2008 Kentucky Parks in top 100
To determine the top campgrounds and locations, over 4,000 parks were reviewed and evaluated on criteria including educational programs, overall beauty and scenery, family beaches, visitor centers and camping amenities such as hot showers and laundry facilities. The featured locations were also selected based on testimonials, campground ratings and feedback provided by park rangers, regional park management and campers throughout the year. Other Kentucky State Parks were recognized by ReserveAmerica:
Amazing Spots: Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill; and Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin.
Bird Watching Spots: John James Audubon State Park, Henderson. Canoeing Spots: Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet.
Educational and Historical Facilities: Big Bone Lick State Park, Union; Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus; and Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond.
Fishing Spots: Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup; Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown.
Hiking Trails: Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin; Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade.
Horse Friendly Parks: Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, Burkesville; Taylorsville Lake State Park, Taylorsville.
Kid-Friendly Parks: Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond; Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas.
Romantic Spots: Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin; Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs.
Scenic Views: Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin; Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade.
Tours and Events: Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill.
Water-Recreation Parks: Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz; Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown.
The Kentucky State Parks have 31 campgrounds with 2,600 sites. The sites have water and electric hookups, showers, restrooms and laundry facilities. Information about each park and campground, along with online reservations, is available at www.parks.ky.gov
Below: Cindy Lynch, Park Superintendent on the phone at the park. Cindy and her crew work hard to keep the Park attractive. Above, the Columbus-Belmont State Park Museum is a jewel on a hill overlooking the Mississippi River.