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Location and Contact Information

Smith Ridge Campground is located within the Green River Lake State Park, which lies in central Kentucky near the city of Campbellsville in Taylor County. The campground offers easy access to Green River Lake’s extensive outdoor recreation opportunities.

To obtain the most accurate and up-to-date information, it's recommended to contact Green River Lake State Park directly:

  • Address: 179 Park Office Road, Campbellsville, KY 42718
  • Phone: +1 (270) 465-8255
  • Email: Use the contact form on the state park's official website.

Campground Features and Facilities

Smith Ridge Campground offers various facilities to make camping comfortable and enjoyable:

  • Campsites: Depending on the specific campsite, you may find options ranging from basic tent sites to full-service RV pads with electric and water hookups.
  • Restrooms: There are typically restrooms with flushing toilets and showers available for campers.
  • Picnic Areas: Many sites may include a picnic table and fire ring.
  • Boat Ramp: Smith Ridge Campground usually provides access to a boat ramp, making it ideal for visitors who want to enjoy boating or fishing on Green River Lake.

Activities and Amenities

The campground is popular for a variety of outdoor activities:

  • Fishing and Boating: Green River Lake is known for excellent fishing, with catches like bass, crappie, and catfish being common.
  • Hiking and Biking: There are numerous trails in the area for hiking and biking enthusiasts.
  • Swimming: The lake offers opportunities for swimming during the warmer months.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The surrounding area is rich in wildlife, making it a good spot for birdwatching and nature photography.

Reservation System and Fees

Campsite reservations are usually managed through a reservation system. Fees vary based on the type of campsite and amenities you choose.

  • Online Reservations: These can typically be made through the Kentucky State Parks website or a third-party booking system.
  • Fees: Expect to pay a nightly rate for camping which may change based on site amenities (like water, electric, etc.), the time of year, and whether you qualify for any available discounts (seniors, military, etc.).

Seasonality and Accessibility

Smith Ridge Campground's operating season varies, and it's best to check current opening and closing dates before planning a trip:

  • Seasonal Operation: The campground may be open seasonally, with peak season usually running from spring through fall.
  • Access Roads: Access roads to the campground should be well-maintained, but checking weather conditions beforehand is sensible, especially if planning a trip during transitional seasons.

Rules and Regulations

When camping at Smith Ridge Campground, campers are expected to adhere to certain rules:

  • Quiet Hours: These are usually enforced to ensure all guests have a pleasant stay.
  • Pets: Pets might be allowed but are typically required to be leashed and supervised.
  • Alcohol Policy: There may be restrictions on alcohol consumption at the campsite.
  • Fire: Open fires are generally allowed in designated areas or fire rings.

Safety and Preparedness

Safety is important while camping:

  • Wildlife: Store food securely and be aware of local wildlife.
  • Weather: Prepare for sudden weather changes and bring appropriate gear.
  • First Aid: It's advisable to have a first-aid kit handy for minor injuries.
  • Emergency Services: Know the contact information for local ranger stations and emergency services.

For the most accurate information, it's best to contact Green River Lake State Park directly or visit the official website as facilities, services, regulations, and fees may change over time.

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