Kentucky Horse Park Campground
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, Kentucky 40511
Pros: Great for people traveling with horses. Ideal for horse lovers. Well-stocked grocery including beer. Nice swimming pool (up to 10’ deep). Open year-round. Large campground.
Cons: No full hook-ups. Shower temp and pressure were mediocre. Too many gas-powered golf carts. Nearby trains at night.
The Kentucky Horse Park is located just north of Lexington, Kentucky in the heart of Bluegrass country. The campground is adjacent to the Kentucky Horse Park which is comprised of a museum, arena, various displays, and memorabilia. The campground is shaped like two horseshoes. It consists of 260 paved sites which include electric and water. There are grassy areas next to the camp pad and wood chips near the fire pit, which is really helpful if it rains. There is an electric primitive section as well as “regular primitive section. Be careful with the water. It is extremely high pressure. You’ll need a regulator. The campground is open year round. Half of the campground is closed but there is one section with the shower house and camp store available on the off-season. Sites run $30 during the week and $32 on the weekend. During the off-season sites are available at $25/night. There is a $7.50 reservation fee. We stayed at site D234. The campground includes a large camp store. They have camping supplies, general food, and souvenirs. It also sells beer. We have only been to three campgrounds that actually sell beer in all of our experience. Firewood sells for $5.99 per bundle and $1.99 for a bundle of kindling. The campground does not have cable, but we were able to get roughly 5-6 local channels with our antenna. There is Wi-Fi available for no charge but they were having issues with connectivity when we were there.
The Kentucky Horse Park Campground consists of paved roads and pads. Most sites are fairly level and offer adequate space in between. While there are not extensive flower beds and such, they maintain the campground lawns and facilities. There are large, mature trees and have a nice mixture of hardwoods and evergreens. The grounds are kept manicured, weeded, and mowed. There are only two dumpsters near the front of each horseshoe, which can be inconvenient if you are near the back. The campground rules are very stringent about grey water disposal. Anyone caught dumping grey water on site is subject to a $500 fine.
Rating: (One to five lanterns with Five being the highest)
Adjacent to the campground is the Kentucky Horse Park, which is the main attraction. As a camper, you receive free parking and discounts on museum tickets and horseback rides. Normally the museum is $16 per adult but as a camper it is only $12. We were able to see most of the Park and eat lunch in under six hours. We did not go to any of the sporting events that were taking place, but we did see the Horses of the World show which we really enjoyed. There are many opportunities to see horses up close and activities especially geared towards children (ponyrides, Children’s barn, etc.)
Downtown Lexington is just under a 20 minute drive from the campground. To learn more about restaurants and fun places to visit check out this link. http://www.10best.com/destinations/kentucky/lexington/
Just about a 30 minute drive away is Buffalo Trace Distillery. If you visit, we highly recommend their Bourbon Cream- it’s better than Bailey’s!
There are many activities for families to enjoy at the Kentucky Horse Park and campground. A volleyball court, tennis court, and basketball court offer some recreational time. The courts are lit and on a timer to shut off at 11:00 p.m. During the summer, families can cool off in swimming pool that goes to the depth of 10 feet. A playground is located on each side of the campground. The park has a game room which includes Ms. Pacman, Buck Hunter, and a few others.
The paved roads of the campground are great for walking, running, or biking.
For you dog lovers, the Kentucky Horse Park Campground does not have a fenced in dog area, unfortunately. However, there is a lot of paved road to walk the dog. Near the primitive area, there is an open field. Technically, dogs must be on a 6’ leash. However, in a field this size you could probably get away with letting them loose.
The Kentucky Horse Park Campground has decent restroom and shower house facilities. We would consider them nice relative to other state parks. The shower houses are large and generally clean. The showers are showing moderate wear and the grout is not completely clean. The shower stalls are spacious with a bench and 2 hooks. There was very hard but thin water pressure and there was no temperature control. The temp was mediocre warm. One nice aspect of the shower houses is that they have numerous showers and can easily accommodate a campground this size.