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Nolin Lake State Park
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2998 Brier Creek Road
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky   42259

Phone: 270-286-4240
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Nolin Lake is popular with boaters and fishermen alike, and campers will enjoy the new Nolin Lake Campground.
History of the Area
In May 2001 Nolin Lake State Park opened to the public. The 5,795-acre lake created from the impoundment of the Nolin River in 1963 and the 333-acre park are located along the northern edge of Mammoth Cave National Park in Edmonson County. Nolin Lake State Park is an excellent place to camp and fish. The park has 32 campsites with hookups for water and electricity along with 40 primitive campsites. There is a beach, shower and laundry facilities, playgrounds, and the lake has an abundance of bass, catfish, crappie and, walleye for great fishing.

The area surrounding Nolin Lake State Park is topographically diverse. Edmonson County is part of cave country. Mammoth Cave is the largest explored cave system in the world. Since its discovery by early settlers in the late 1700s, millions of visitors have come to explore the more than 340 miles of known passageways. Mammoth Cave National Park covers 51,000 acres. Edmondson County was formed January 12, 1825 and named for Capt. John Edmondson of Virginia, who was killed at the Battle of the River Raisin in the War of 1812. Edmondson is a rural county that has a gently rolling terrain that in places gives way to steep hills. The county has both Nolin and Green Rivers flowing within its boundaries.
There are 32 camp sites with water and electricity, 40 primitive sites, a restroom/shower building, laundry facilities and dump station. A playground is located nearby. Three sites have been adapted for the disabled. Pets are allowed if restrained.
A sand beach curves along the shore of the lake. There are no restrooms or bathhouse facilities.
In Kentucky, Nolin Lake offers a variety of boating options for visitors. The lake is known to be an excellent location for both motorized and non-motorized watercraft activities such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing or powerboating. There are boat ramps available in the park that provide easy access to the water. Additionally, there's also a marina nearby where guests can rent boats if they do not have their own equipment.
Bass, walleye, catfish and crappie are the prize catches. A Kentucky Fishing License is required.

Nolin Lake State Park is located near Leitchfield, Bowling Green

Picnic tables and grills are found in the picnic area. Restrooms are available at the office building. A picnic shelter is available for rent.
Biking enthusiasts can explore the 5.2-mile Brier Creek Trail System, suitable for all skill levels. Be cautious of uneven terrain.

The trail offers a mix of open fields and dense forests, but bikers should be wary of wildlife crossings.

For those seeking an easy ride, opt for the paved roads within campgrounds; however watch out for vehicular traffic.

Mountain biking is allowed on designated trails only - always adhere to posted signs and warnings to ensure safety.

Remember that helmets are strongly recommended while cycling in this area due to potential hazards along paths.

Nighttime bicycling isn't advised as visibility reduces significantly after sunset making it potentially dangerous.

A 1.6 mile hiking trail is open year-round that has a small waterfall when the conditions are right. This trail is a moderate exercise so please ensure that you have proper hiking shoes and water.
The park offers birdwatching opportunities with various species like warblers, sparrows and waterfowl. Bird checklists are available for enthusiasts.

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