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Old 06-06-2013, 08:43 PM   #1
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Mammoth Caves / Nolin Lake State Park Route? (Kentucky)

Was wondering the best route to take to get from I-65 to Nolin Lake State Park just north of the Mammoth Caves area. We will be coming from the north (Cincinnati) and it looks like we will be getting off at I-65 at exit #65 (Munfordville) then onto state route 88 west. From there I don't really see what would be the best road / roads to the state park? or are there signs directing RVers to the campground. We only have a 25' tt, but don't want to get into a poor winding road.

We will be spending 4 nights here and then moving over to the Mammoth Cave NP. campground for 4 more nights. From Nolin SP to Mammoth I have a have a planned, and again from Mammoth back to the freeway (I-65). Just need some guidance in the first leg.
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There really are two ways and it depends on which end of Nolin Lake you're headed to. You can get off I-65 in Elizabethtown (Exit 91) and take the Western Kentucky Parkway to Exit 112. Work your way down to 259. That might be a better route as there is quite a bit of construction going on down on I-65 south and almost daily the road is shut-down due to an overturned semi or some sort of accident. The Munfordville way is okay too, either is decent road.

Where are you staying at Mammoth Cave? The NP Campground does not have hookups, so be aware of that. If you want full-hookups and have kiddos, Jellystone in Cave City is close and decent. If you want a REALLY nice campground, but no pool, etc., then Cave Country behind the Cracker Barrell in Cave City is the best bet. That's where we stay when we're in the area.

It's a good area to visit. You're close to Bowling Green where there's a Camping World and of course the Corvette Plant and Museum.

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Was wondering the best route to take to get from I-65 to Nolin Lake State Park just north of the Mammoth Caves area. We will be coming from the north (Cincinnati) and it looks like we will be getting off at I-65 at exit #65 (Munfordville) then onto state route 88 west. From there I don't really see what would be the best road / roads to the state park? or are there signs directing RVers to the campground. We only have a 25' tt, but don't want to get into a poor winding road.

We will be spending 4 nights here and then moving over to the Mammoth Cave NP. campground for 4 more nights. From Nolin SP to Mammoth I have a have a planned, and again from Mammoth back to the freeway (I-65). Just need some guidance in the first leg.
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We stayed at Nolin Lake a few years ago (Army Corps campground at Moutardier) and the boys loved it.

Been to Mammoth Caves a few times. If you have younger kids, sign them up for the wild caving Trog Tour.

You can also hit the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green!
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Thanx for the heads up on construction on 65. I think I'll try the 259 route. Well be at Nolin this Friday for 4 nights and then onto mammoth NP campground for 4 more
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Had great at Kings Island amusement park yesterday. Watching the weather today for pop-up thunderstorms. The last few days the storms have either gone north or south of us, so were due for a due hit here if I know any better.
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Well, you ARE in cave country so at least you'll know where to head for shelter. Be safe & enjoy your time in KY (say HI to Diane for me).

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We did take the "Kentucky Parkway / 259 route". The road itself is fine on 259 except it is a little narrow twisty with no shoulder space. What you have instead of a little cinders next to the road, when they paved the road last they rounded the asphualt over near the edge and then ground those warming bumps into the rounded over asphalt. Problem is you had no cushion for mistake if you wheel went over the edge. Just had to be on your toes.

Very nice campsites at Nolin Lake State Park. It's only ten years old and was designed "right" all the sites are level and huge. The roads are paved and the campsites are fine cinders. Each site is about a quarter acre. There are about 40 electric / water sites. About 15 of the sites are on the water. Three sides of the campground are surrounded by water. The primitive sites are in a different location by the beach. Defiantly "big rig friendly". I would give it two thumbs up. It's about a 15 minute drive to the caves.
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If you're looking for a place to eat lunch or dinner, I highly recommend the El Mazatlan in Cave City. Great Mexican food!

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We did take the "Kentucky Parkway / 259 route". The road itself is fine on 259 except it is a little narrow twisty with no shoulder space. What you have instead of a little cinders next to the road, when they paved the road last they rounded the asphualt over near the edge and then ground those warming bumps into the rounded over asphalt. Problem is you had no cushion for mistake if you wheel went over the edge. Just had to be on your toes.

Very nice campsites at Nolin Lake State Park. It's only ten years old and was designed "right" all the sites are level and huge. The roads are paved and the campsites are fine cinders. Each site is about a quarter acre. I would give it two thumbs up. It about a 15 minute drive to the caves.
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We do have a cave tour scheduled for Monday and plan to go to Cave City to restock. Are there any major grocery stores there? As far as Mexican I'm not really into it. Are there any other good eats there?
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There's a Houchin's grocery in Cave City along with a Sav-A-Step. For a better selections of restaurants, head out 70 towards Glasgow and you'll find most anything you'd want. There's also a Super Walmart there. Glasgow is maybe 9 miles from Cave City.

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Final report...On the way back from Mammoth Caves area, we took I-65 getting on at Cave City and heading north. Yes, there is construction on 65 from at least Cave City northward. They are upgrading the freeway from 2 lanes to 3 each way. It will be some time before it is finished all the way to Elizabethtown. It was a Saturday and the traffic moved along just fine with nice "wide" lanes in the construction zones.

When we go back I think I will try route 88 from Munfordville to get to Nolin Lake State Park. The parts of 88 we did travel on was real nice. I really didn't like the route 259 because of how the pavement was rolled over at the edges. There would also be a drop-off if your RV tires should happen to catch the edge....of the pavement into the ditch or someone front yard. We have a 8' wide tt, but if you had a "wide bodied" rig, you would have to cheat the yellow center line around the turns...
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