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Taylorsville Lake

Taylorsville Lake State Park

Park Activities

  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Playgrounds
  • Water Recreation
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Orienteering
Taylorsville Lake State Park
1320 Park Rd.
Mt. Eden, KY 40046
Phone:
502-477-8713
Mt. Eden, KY
Bourbon, Horses & History

Description

Top Five Things To Do

1. Boat, kayak, fish and enjoy the lake sunsets.
2. Camp at our equestrian-friendly campgrounds for RVs and tents.
3. Hike the Lake View Trail.
4. Horseback ride on the Possum Ridge trail.
5. View wildlife viewing including Bald Eagles.

Taylorsville Lake State Park, located west of Lexington and southeast of Louisville, Kentucky, encompasses some of the most beautiful horse riding country. Camping options include 45 spacious RV sites with electric & water hook-ups, 10 equestrian sites with electric & water hook-ups, & 15 primitive tent sites.

A 24-mile trail system caters to hikers, bikers and equestrians. Two conveniently located playgrounds for children & two bathhouses with laundry facilities in each. A centrally located dump station is available for RV use. Reservations are encouraged but are not necessary. Your restrained pet is welcome.

Hours of Operation

Park Grounds

Open all year.

Campground
Closes Dec. 15, 2020; reopens March 15, 2021
Campground Booth Phone: 502-477-0086


Things to Do
Biking
The wonderful 24-mile trail system on this park is managed as multi-use trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Wear your hiking shoes, bring your bike, or bring your horse and enjoy the fresh outdoor air! Beginning June 1, 2008 we will begin a weather restriction program to help protect our recently-upgraded trails from deterioration. Signs will be posted at all trail parking areas and we will notify all equestrian campers. We will also have a hotline for anyone to call (502-477-9028), updated at 9:00 a.m. daily with trail closures & conditions

Birding
There are excellent birding opportunities throughout the park, but of special note is in the mature forests around the campgrounds, park trails, the Wildlife Viewing Trail, and the entire lake area boasts an abundant population of species. The Van Buren Boat Ramp area contains two nesting sites for the American Bald Eagle.

Birds commonly observed in the Spencer County area include Hawks, sparrows, hummingbirds, Tufted Titmouse, Cedar Wax Wing, grouse, and Northern cardinals. The spring brings warblers and thrushes passing through. Brown Creepers, chimney swift, killdeer, and a variety of cuckoos can be spotted in this area. The summer includes nesting warblers. Summertime is when birds from Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to Red-tailed Hawks can be seen. Around the lake area includes the American Bald Eagle, mallards, Great Blue Heron, geese & the obvious Turkey Vulture.

Boating
Taylorsville Lake Marina has easy access gas pumps, bait shop, skiing, tubing, boating and fishing supplies in the marina store with a full service deli. They also offer pontoon, deck boats and fishing boat rental with daily rates. Click here to visit the Taylorsville Lake Marina web site. (NO swimming from boat ramps or docks, swimming is ONLY available at the Dam.)

Camping
The campground at Taylorsville Lake State Park offers 42 full service campsites for RV's, and horse lovers can sleep under the stars with their equine pals at one of ten camp sites set up specifically for horse camping. There is a central service building with laundry.

Equine Camping
Ten sites of the campground are set aside for horse camping. Sites have water and electric and use the same Service Building with laundry. Pets are allowed if restrained.

Fishing
Cast your line to catch a variety of species such as: bass, bluegill and crappie. There is a wheelchair accessible fishing pier. A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Click here to purchase a license online at KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Hiking
The wonderful 24-mile trail system on this park is managed as multi-use trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Wear your hiking shoes, bring your bike, or bring your horse and enjoy the fresh outdoor air!

A weather restriction program is in place to help protect our recently-upgraded trails from deterioration. Signs will be posted at all trail parking areas and we will notify all equestrian campers. We also have a hotline for anyone to call (502-477-9028), updated at 9:00 a.m. daily with trail closures & conditions.

Horseback Riding
The wonderful 24-mile trail system on this park is managed as multi-use trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Wear your hiking shoes, bring your bike, or bring your horse and enjoy the fresh outdoor air!

Orienteering
Orienteering is a sport in woods navigation where a person uses a map and compass to complete a course. It can be done by yourself or with your family. It is a great way to spend part of the day discovering new parts of the park! Taylorsville Lake State Park offers a 3.4 km permanent orienteering course featuring 13 controls (check points) in a mixed forest setting.

Playgrounds
Two playgrounds keep the little ones entertained.