8 Gorgeous Places to Go Glamping in Kentucky

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Holly Riddle
August 25, 2021
Updated August 19, 2022

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Kentucky’s not all about small-batch bourbon and horse racing, though you’ll find both of those things in spade. “The Bluegrass State” offers a surprising amount of outdoor recreation opportunities, from the mountains in the east to the lakes in the south and west.

And if you’re keen to focus on those parts of the state but aren’t quite ready to set up your own campsite, opt for one these stunning places for glamping in Kentucky.

With all the good parts of camping (campfires, s’mores, hiking, communing with nature) and none of the bad (is sleeping on the ground really that comfortable?), glamping is an ideal option for those who love nature but want the experience to be a little easier and more comfortable.

If you’re looking for the best places to glamp in Kentucky, good news: here they are.

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1. The Super Bon Bon Yurt

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Why you should stay: Like you plopped your comfortable bedroom into the middle of the forest.

  • Location: Monticello
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $135/night

This yurt — named after a Soul Coughing song — is a comfortable, convenient stay in the middle of the Monticello woods. It’s secluded, but not so much that you feel isolated. You get privacy without feeling abandoned. T

he open space features a plush queen bed plus bunk beds for friends or the kiddos. You get a comfortable space inside plus everything you’d want from a campsite, like a fire pit and picnic table.

The yurt is on a larger camping complex with other glamping tents available — like this smaller one for a couple or singles. All the yurts and tents in the complex share a community shelter with larger items, including a grill and sets of cooking utensils.

From the home, you can walk to a river beach or take a short drive to cross the border into northern Tennessee.

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2. The Grace Airstream

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Why you should stay: Camping luxury with plenty of modern hipster-ish touches.

  • Location: Louisville
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $119/night

The Grace Airstream is a beautifully refinished and refurbished vintage Airstream trailer permanently parked at Progress Park, an RV park in Louisville.

The interior is renovated to feel light and airy and fresh and new. The style is entirely Instagram-worthy, with white, minimalist furnishings accented by rough-hewn wood on the floors and table.

This sweet place to glamp in Kentucky has a private toilet (though you’ll share the shower), a fridge, and a microwave.

There’s also plenty to do outside Progress Park in Louisville, like the Louisville Slugger museum, tons of breweries, and old-fashioned riverboat tours. Be sure to read all the rules before booking (there are a lot.)

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3. Turtle Dome Treehouse

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Why you should stay: Treehouse glamping with forest views near Red River Gorge.

  • Location: Campton
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $193/night

Turtle Dome Treehouse is a geodesic dome treehouse in Campton, just a few minutes from the massive Red River Gorge Geological Area (which is one of the country’s most amazing places to play outside). Your private dome sits high above the ground, nestled among the pine trees.

It faces away from the other domes in the village to give you a great amount of privacy. And that’s a good thing, because the dome has a clear wall, ensuring you have amazing forest views while lying in bed (though you can also go outside and relax on the hammock swing, too.)

Groups can rent out the whole village, ensuring everyone gets their own space but can still hang out together on the shared decks and rope bridges.

Note that all domes have shared bathrooms and cooking facilities.

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4. Cliff Dweller Treehouse

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Why you should stay: The furthest thing from your average treehouse

  • Location: Campton
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $311/night

It’s like a treehouse, but it’s a cliffhouse. The Cliff Dweller Treehouse is far, far from whatever you imagine when you think of the word “treehouse.” Rather than being perched in a tree, this treehouse is perched on the side of a cliff in the Red River Gorge area.

You’ll access this epic place to glamp via stairways and ever-narrowing suspended steps until you reach the small house. As you can imagine, the views are pretty stellar.

Inside, things are pretty beautiful, too. The modern tiny home has a covered porch, a small kitchenette, a full bathroom, and a loft space.

The roof of the treehouse also doubles as a deck. It’s certainly not the cheapest spot for glamping in Kentucky, but it’s a one-of-a-kind experience you literally won’t find anywhere else.

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5. Red River Gorge Glamper

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Why you should stay: Stylish and secluded safari-style tent.

  • Location: Frenchburg
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $106/night

This safari-style glamping tent is near some of the best outdoor recreation in Red River Gorge. The tent is lifted thanks to an expansive wooden deck. Outside, you have your barbecue grill and a shaded patio strung with lights, while inside, guest get a comfortable bed and a small kitchenette.

The tent has electricity and a big deck, as well as a private restroom situation with hot water and a shower just a few yards from the tent.

When you decide to venture away from your glamping site, you’ll be able to quickly make your way to the river and hiking trails. It only has room to sleep two in a bed, but you can add an extra guest (and an extra sleeping pad) for an extra $10 a night.

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6. The Franklin Tiny House

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Why you should stay: Waterfront tiny house less than an hour from Nashville and a national park.

  • Location: Franklin
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $52/night

Want to have some space entirely to yourself? This Franklin tiny house has you covered. The tiny house on 20 acres provides seclusion and tranquility on the banks of a peaceful pond at night, but great proximity to epic day tripping and sightseeing during the day. Nashville is under an hour away, as is Mammoth Cave National Park.

The tiny home features a small kitchenette, a couch, bathroom, and a bed — and that’s it. Outside, you have a small front porch, seating on the waterfront and a boat dock.

This tiny house is the perfect place to go for a couple’s retreat or if you’re looking to really unplug and decompress for a while. There’s even Wi-Fi, in case you forget to download a new book before hitting the road.

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7. Abi’s Arboreal Abode & Hammock Haven

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Why you should stay: Meet fellow travelers at this place to glamp in Kentucky with a community vibe.

  • Location: Berea
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $65/night

In the small college town of Berea, you can glam in a social atmosphere, thanks to Abi’s Arboreal Abode. Your private accommodations are in an elevated treehouse-meets-yurt, furnished with bunk beds, a table, and basic food prep amenities. Outside, you’ll get a large wrap-around deck and hammocks beneath the yurt.

The rest of the property has more of a community vibe, making this a great choice if you’re the type of camper who likes to swap outdoor stories with new friends at night.

A full communal kitchen offers a great space to do all your cooking and socialize at the same time, with high-end appliances and plenty of room. You’ll share a large covered porch and the clean, full bathroom with shower (summer only).

An important note: Berea is in a dry country. So B.Y.O.B. if that’s your thing.

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8. Skipper’s Tiny House

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Why you should stay: Shockingly affordable tiny house near Kentucky Lake.

  • Location: Marshall County
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $88 night

This modern tiny house is with an awful lot, especially considering the great starting price. You get a full kitchen (not just a tiny kitchenette), a two-shower bathroom, heat for the winter, air conditioning for the summer, and even Wi-Fi. Extra amenities like the fire pit and granite countertops are just the icing on the cake.

But since it’s a tiny house, you’ll likely want to spend most of your time exploring. Fortunately, hiking, boating and rock climbing are minutes away.

But if you need a break from the great outdoors, you’re also close to lots of indoor fun, such as a craft brewery, restaurants, shopping, and the Kentucky Ole Opry.

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