Nolin Lake State Park
- Wildlife Viewing
DescriptionALERT: The campground and ramp at Nolin Lake State Park are closed due to flooding as of March 20, 2020. Please check with the park before travelling.
ALERT: The coronavirus outbreak has led to the temporary closure of some Kentucky State Park facilities such as lodges, restaurants, cottages, campgrounds, museums, playgrounds, gift shops and historic homes. Park grounds are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. For the latest details, click here.
n May 2001 Nolin Lake State Park opened to the public. The 5,795-acre lake created from the impoundment of the Nolin River in 1963 and the 333-acre park are located along the northern edge of Mammoth Cave National Park in Edmonson County. Nolin Lake State Park is an excellent place to camp and fish. The park has 32 campsites with hookups for water and electricity, along with 27 primitive campsites. There is a public beach, shower and laundry facilities, a playground, and the lake has an abundance of bass, catfish, crappie, and walleye.
Hours of Operation
Open all year.
RV Campground: Open March 15 – mid-November
Primitive Campground: Open year-round. (No reservations from mid-November to mid-March, Walk-in ONLY)
Things to Do
Approximately 9.2 miles of single track trails for mountain biking and hiking, trailhead is located across form State Park campground, partnership with Southwest KyMBA, Corps of Engineers, Friends of Nolin Lake and Kentucky State Parks.
Great Blue Heron, Canada Geese, & Wild Turkey are abundant during the camping season; Spring brings Sandhill Cranes, Canada Geese, Wild Turkey, and the occasional Bald Eagle.
There is a launching ramp on the park.
There are 32 campsites with water and electricity, 27 primitive sites (walk-in ONLY from mid-November to mid-March), a restroom/shower building laundry facilities, and a dump station. A playground is located nearby. Three sites have been adapted for the disabled. Pets are allowed if restrained.
Bass, walleye, catfish and crappie are the prize catches. A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Click here to purchase a license online at KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
A 9.2 mile hiking trail is open year-round that has a small waterfall when the conditions are right. This trail is a moderate exercise so please ensure that you have proper hiking shoes and water.
Picnic tables and grills are found in the picnic area. Restrooms are available at the office building. A picnic shelter is available for rent. Contact park office for information.
Relax on our beach or take a dip in the lake! The beach is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Severe weather can have an effect on beach closures. ***Pets are not allowed on the beach area. Please call the park in advanced for conditions.