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Twin Knobs Campground: The ONLY Campground you need...
Twin Knobs has been VERY well kept and updated. Recently - late 2011 - they demolished the bathhouses / restrooms and those will be upgraded as well.
The campground is set up in 'loops'; from A through J (I believe?)... some of the loops are reservation only; others are first come, first serve; some are both. You have to go to the reservation site to see which campsites are reservable (I HIGHLY recommend reserving your campsite!).
The sites are clearly marked; A for Ash, B for Birch, C for Cedar, etc.... they are all named after trees, which is really cool, cuz who doesn't love trees. =-D
Each Loop has it's own restroom / bathhouse facility. It is easy to reach (every numbered campsite within the Loop has it's own path worn to the bathhouse; so you can easily find your way and not worry about poison ivy or anything). The restrooms are VERY clean, with flushable toilets (this is important due to how many people share the things!), and private showers. Private meaning, there is a door to shut, it's not just a spout hanging next to the toilet or anything crazy like that.
The Loops also each have a potable water spout (within easy reach of each numbered campsite), for washing dishes and the like. And, there are very large, covered garbage cans for you to put your trash when you are done. Every night, the employees in charge of their Loop will come by on golf carts and clean up the area (bathhouses, trash duty, etc.).
Each Campsite itself is clearly numbered; and, if you reserve it, your last name is written very clearly and boldly on the stake in the ground. Each campsite has it's own driveway to park in (back in), and can fit two cars or one very large RV. Your car will be literally right next to your gravel area where you pitch your tent; so it's very easy to get things in and out of your car (or just leave it in there til ya need it).
The tents are set up onto a gravel flat area; it is VERY easy to drive stakes into the gravel to pull the tents taut. Also - the sites are VERY heavily wooded - which is EXCEPTIONAL due to keeping the sun off of you or keeping the RAIN off while you set up your tent! We got there on a Friday night, while it was raining (very odd for September, but hey, KY has seen some crazy weather lately), and had zero problems setting up the tent in the rain (it dries out, ya know).
Anyone who has been camping knows that it's not "private" (you can't run around naked or anything like that), I mean you DO have neighbors in the Loop; but it is NOT right on top of one another. You can't hear conversations, but you can feed their dogs when they wander over. =-D
Also, there will be the occasional "talker", who just kinda wanders over while you're making burgers on the grill... and horns in on your business. There are easy ways to chase people off (Jeff talks in German and I just smile and nod; they think we're foreign and go away), or you can bring up weird subjects to scare them off. =-D
The campsites each have their own firepit; set into the ground, very safe. BRING YOUR OWN FIREWOOD! The campground does sell firewood - but it is EXPENSIVE. We knew this ahead of time, so we brought our own. However - there is a Wal Mart nearby (I hate to admit that, but oh well), and you can buy firewood there, if you have a small car and can't fit the wood...
The only time we actually felt like we weren't totally alone (besides the "Talker" fellow invading our site), was very very very late at night while sitting around the fire... I had um, let out a rather large belch, and the group of manly fishing dudes at the site next to us responded in kind. (I won, of course, so it ended there).
One more thing: cost! It's CHEAP! Around $18.00 per day. If you want to have a peep-meet and have friends meet up with you - it's an extra few bucks for the car.
The campsites each also have two tall metal poles with hooks on them; you can hang your trashbags up here (most people do) just in case critters come around looking for food. Or, hang a lantern, radio, etc...
The critter issue... the ONLY critters we saw were dogs! We are dog folk ourselves so it wasn't an issue when the very friendly old dog of or neighbors came over for a bite to eat; however ---- there is a RULE in the campground - dogs need to be leashed at all times, and during rest times, either in a crate / tent or a tie-out stake. If we brought our dogs, for example - our little'un Barney wouldn't wander far (out of sheer terror), but Ripley would have to be constantly on the tie-out, because she's nuts. =-D
The main reason we adore Twin Knobs / Cave Run Lake so much is of course, the aforementioned SUNSETS. Hubby is a photographer, a great one at that, and besides us going oooh and aaah while enjoying a few cold ones on those flat rocks, he got some beauty pics of the sunsets.
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