Lake Cumberland, Kentucky, United States
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Lake Cumberland Information

About Lake Cumberland

Surrounded by ample space for outdoor recreational activities, Lake Cumberland is one of Kentucky’s best places to spend the weekend. Families love the camping and picnicking options while others hit the water for some fun, summer boating. You’ll be in good company if you’re planning on bringing your own houseboat to the lake, as Lake Cumberland was named the “Houseboat Capital of the World” in 2014 for its thriving houseboat industry. Check out the town of Somerset for your arts and culture fix, or explore the many hiking and biking trails in the nearby Kentucky hills. When you visit Lake Cumberland, you won’t have a problem finding something everyone in the family will enjoy!

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Things to do in Lake Cumberland

Ready for an outdoor adventure? Head to the water and enjoy jet skiing, paddle boarding, and kayaking. Lake Cumberland State Dock is located at the heart of the lake and offers visitors a taste of southern hospitality. Fishing in the lake means you’ll have the chance to catch bream, trout, and five different species of bass. Fishing season runs year-round, so head there anytime to try your luck.

If you’d rather stand on dry land, don’t forget to check out General Burnside State Park where you can enjoy a round of golf on its 18-hole golf course or picnic in the park. Nearby Jamestown, Kentucky offers hiking trails and even seasonal horse trails if you want to explore the woods. If you’re a history buff, head to Monticello and check out Mill Springs Mill and Brown Lanier House. This historic grist mill was built in 1877 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a tour of the mill and stroll through the surrounding woods while you’re here!

The Carnegie Community Arts Center offers art shows, community gatherings, and provides many local artists with working studios. Visit the retail shop on the main floor to support these local artists and take a piece of your vacation home with you. If you’re visiting in the summer, you have to check out the Master Musicians Festival, an annual two-day concert series that includes blues, jazz, bluegrass, folk, and much more. Along with some big names in music, this festival also features food vendors, activities for the kids, and an arts and crafts fair. Make sure to check festival dates, as it usually takes place in early July.

Day Trips from Lake Cumberland

For some beautiful, scenic views, take the one-hour drive to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Along with hiking trails that give way to breathtaking views of the valley below, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing and horseback riding options, this place is a great one-day getaway. For a taste of the best this park has to offer, hike the Angel Falls Overlook Trail. It’s one of the most popular hikes in the park, and once you see the view of the river and trees below, you’ll know exactly why. Take the 5.6-mile hike and enjoy the view! While you’re in the park, check out the huge, sandstone bluffs, miles of scenic gorges, and 125,000 acres of natural beauty.

Lake Cumberland Accommodations

With, you can choose your perfect vacation rental. Stay near Somerset to be close to the Carnegie Community Arts Center. Choose a rental that’s near Monticello if you’re planning on going to Mill Springs Mill. Or, stay in a lake house located right on the shores of Lake Cumberland if you plan on planting yourself by the water all vacation. Whatever you need, let find the ideal vacation rental for you.

Transportation in Lake Cumberland

Getting around Lake Cumberland is best done by boat. You can travel through Cumberland River and take in the scenery from the comfort of your boat. You’ll need a car to get around the nearby towns and parks. Getting to Lake Cumberland is best done by flying into Bowling Green Regional Airport. From there, Lake Cumberland is just an hour and a half away.

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Vacation Rentals in Lake Cumberland

Save hundreds with a vacation home rental from and forget the hotel room. For the ultimate getaway, Lake Cumberland offers 134 affordable vacation rentals with a price to match your budget and accommodation needs. Prices in Lake Cumberland start at an average price of $185 a night with long-term rentals averaging $25 a month.

These vacation rentals offer a range of amenities, so you’ll feel right at home. For those looking to stay in a corporate rental, 113 of Lake Cumberland’s rentals offer high speed WiFi Internet so you can easily keep in touch with your company or team. Go for a swim at one of the 20 properties complete with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with a night of cable TV in any of our 120 vacation home rentals.

Traveling with your dog or cat? Choose from 38 pet-friendly rentals in Lake Cumberland that allow you to bring your extended family’s home rentals offer far more room and comfort than a hotel, providing a safe and spacious place for you and your pets. Many properties allow you to book directly online, so once you find that perfect vacation rental, you’ll be all set to go!

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