Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

RV Park Review–Kentucky Horse Park (Lexington, Kentucky)

Website:  http://www.kyhorsepark.com/visit/park-info-resources/khp-campground

Location:  4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, Kentucky 40511

Date:  March 2015

Price: $32/night (Fri & Sat), $31/night (Sun-Thurs) for improved site with water and electric

Site(s): 74, 102, 164

Overall:  We really liked this park.  It is fairly large with 200 sites (that can accommodate 45’ RV’s) and nicely spread out.  There is ample space between and behind sites so you don’t feel like you are on top of your neighbors.  The campground is located on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park which is really spread out so there are ample places to walk.  In addition, the 12-mile Legacy Trail, a paved walking/biking trail, passed through the park leading to downtown Lexington. 

We were able to get 20+ antenna channels and great reception on our Verizon 4G phone.  There are some trees so satellite may be difficult at some sites. 
Roads and pads are paved.

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Site Description:  All sites are paved and narrow with no discernable patio.  Some sites are grossly unlevel.  Picnic tables and fire pits accompany each site.  Sites have water and 50/30/20 amp electric but no sewer and there are places to dry camp.  Two separate dump stations with two dump sites are conveniently located as you exit/enter the campground.  There is no cable and the free Wi-Fi was spotty.

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Amenities:  There is a camp store/registration office that sells food items, souvenirs, RV supplies, firewood, and even beer.  There are two large bathroom/shower houses that get mixed reviews for cleanliness.  It was clean when we first arrived but during the weekends when the park was full the staff could not keep up.  (Most of the mess was from disrespectful campers that did not clean up after themselves.)  There are two playground with jungle gyms, basketball courts, volleyball courts and indoor game rooms located in the bath houses.  Two laundry rooms are on-site but did not have very many washer/dryers for the size of the park. 

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Surrounding Area:  The park sits between Lexington and Georgetown so it is pretty convenient to the downtown Lexington attractions.  Just 5-6 miles up the road is Georgetown which has all kinds of shopping (including big box stores) and restaurants.  There is a great BBQ restaurant a couple of miles away called Red State BBQ.

In addition to seeing the Horse Park, we toured the Toyota plant and Town Branch Distillery, visited Keenland Race Track, took a van tour of private horse parks and attended the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Equestrian Event and the National Reining Event. 

What We Liked:  We liked the fact that sites were well spaced and you had plenty of room.  Since the campground is adjacent to the horse park, it is convenient to walk over and visit the museums and watch horse events.  It is super convenient to I-75 being less than a mile away. 
The park is very big rig friendly with wide roads. 

The Not So Good:  The biggest drawback for us was not having sewer.  Most patios were a muddy/dirty mess.  In some instances, wood chips covered the bare ground which greatly improved the mess but not all spots were addressed.  The office is located in the camp store and there is no dedicated parking for RV’s checking-in - you essentially have to park your rig where ever you find a spot and block parking spaces. 

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Spirit’s Two Cents: She loved it!  There was plenty of room to walk her around the campground and within the Horse Park.  There was so much green space and open fields that we were able to throw a ball for her and not disturb anyone.  A few small creeks with nice clear water were around and perfect for her to get a drink and cool off. 

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3 comments:

  1. Sounds like they have no problem charging for their sites despite lacking amenities that other CGs have with FHUs and better layouts. But since Spirit loved it, we'll have to put this place on our list of places to stay. :c)

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  2. Looks like a nice site! Look forward to staying here!
    Greg

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