Sunday, January 13, 2013

Camping in Frankfort: Elkhorn Campground!

Two years ago, we took Tater on the best (only) vacation of his life. We went camping at Elkhorn Campground in Frankfort and he probably has asked me to go back at least once a week since.

This is a place that is very near and dear to my heart. My family has been coming to this campground since wayyy before I was born, probably 30+ years. It is one of those places that gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling just to think about, so this may be kind of a biased review, but I don't apologize for that! ;)

Elkhorn Campground is in Frankfort, Ky ,on the banks of the (what else?) Elkhorn Creek. It's quiet, peaceful, beautiful. All the things my home is not! (maybe that's what i like about it!) There are only 5-10 or so tent spaces, however there are around 120ish rv sites, and somewhere around 110 of them are paved sites. I think somewhere around 60 of those rv sites have full hook ups, including cable tv.

The campground is open April 1- Oct 31 every year, and you can rent sites by the day, week, or even month! The creek runs right behind sites 6-38, so you can fish right outside your RV. (You must have a Kentucky fishing license to fish.)

The campground has a big focus on family and family activities. There is a wonderful in-ground swimming pool, with layout chairs and picnic tables with umbrellas. There is mini-golf, which if it hasn't changed, only costs $1.00 per person to play! There is a giant playground with swings, monkey bars, slides,and lots of creative play equipment. Also there are horseshoes, a volleyball court, a basketball court, and shuffleboard. Just tons of great stuff to do in the great outdoors!

There is a giant pavilion located near the playground that has a huge fireplace for clubs and meetings and things like that. They have church services there on Sunday mornings, and sometimes have hosted Bingo and things like that there. Inside the pavilion is also a pool table and a few arcade games, and a jukebox. (My favorite thing ever! I heart songs of the early 90's!)

There is a wonderful little general store located at the front of the campground, that sells everything you would ever need in case you forgot anything. Last year we actually bought tent stakes there (oops! ) The highlight of the general store is the ice cream, which is a family tradition and treat to get ice cream before a bed-time walk. There is also a small laundry facility located next to the general store in case you just miss doing laundry too much and need to do it on your vacation too!

The road around the campground is a paved circle, and it's a great place for family walks. Tater really enjoyed riding his bike around the circle while we went for a walk, since he never has a level, even, paved place to ride (damn country living!) It would also be a great place to take Bean walking in his stroller.

Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring, in addition to your electric and water hookups. You can bring your own firewood, or buy some at the general store, and they will actually deliver it to your campsite so you don't have to carry it! (speaking of delivering to your campsite, pizza guys will also deliver to your campsite, but shhh, I always cook when we're camping! )

There is a bathhouse with potties and showers, so you won't be stinky. The showers have great shower heads with lots of hot water and plenty of water pressure. I'm just throwing that out there because I always worry about taking a shower somewhere new, I don't want it to be crappy!

Elkhorn Campground has been a place my family has been going for a very long time, and I will continue to take my babies there, and hopefully my grandbabies someday. It is a clean, family-friendly atmosphere, which you can not find in many places these days. I love it there, and it makes my heart happy just thinking about it! *Sigh.* I'm ready to go camping! :)

If you would like to make reservations you can call the campground at (502) 695-9154. Office hours are 8am-8pm Sunday-Thursday, and 8am-10pm Friday & Saturday. Or visit their website here.
*Disclosure: Elkhorn Campground did not provide me with anything in exchange for this review, aside from all my wonderful childhood memories! :)

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