Campground Review: Jenny Wiley State Park

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Hey guys……I hope everyone is having an awesome summer!  Recently, our family has taken up the hobby of camping.  I thought perhaps it would be helpful for some of you other campers to do some campground reviews.  So our first one will be Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.  The park is located in Prestonburg KY, and adjoins the 1,100 acre Dewey Lake.  The campground contains 121 sites, all with at least water & electric, as well as some full hook-ups.  We spent 4 days on one of the full hook-up sites.  I do have to apologize in advance for my lack of pictures.  I’m horrible about remembering a camera, but I promise to try harder next time.  So without further ado, here are my ratings for Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.  All ratings are 1 through 5, with 1 being horrible,  and 5 being outstanding.

Campground Location – Rating 5:

The campground location is very nice and secluded, but also not too far away from civilization.  Within 20 minutes there is a well sized town, and you are only about 45 minutes from Pikeville, KY.  The campground gives you that “away from it all” feel, but you still have access to stores when you forget the milk.

Campground Sites – Rating 3, but varies with loop:

I have to give the actual sites a 3, but this number would somewhat vary based on the loop you are staying on.  Jenny Wiley has three different camping areas (Loops A, B, & C).  We started our stay on Loop A, but later moved to Loop B.  Section A is overcrowded, but it does contain 2 playgrounds.  However, over the weekend the traffic was too heavy for me to feel comfortable letting my kids ride there.  Loop B is amazing as far as the seclusion and space of the sites, however the sites are uneven and require some work to set up camp.  Loop B is also full hook-up.  If you don’t mind leveling definitely shoot for Loop B.  Loop C is the largest loop.  The sites here seem spread out, but there is less shade than in B.  This loop offers some full hook-up sites, but a few are water/electric only.

Campground Bathhouse – Rating 1:

The bathhouse was the main reason we moved from Loop A to a full hook-up site.  They are nasty, with several broken shelves, making it hard to shower without getting everything soaked.  I’m thinking the cleaning schedule is very sporadic, possibly even non-existent.

Campground Activities – Rating 5:

The activities at this place are off the charts!  I have NEVER seen a campground offer so much to do.  They are almost hourly on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the summer.  The girls tie dyed t-shirts, made & raced pine derby cars, made & raced boats, made stain glass lanterns, mixed up some slime, threw tomahawks, and competed in an archery contest.  On Friday & Saturday nights they have line dancing in the center of the campground.  The lodge also has live music every Friday night.  If that isn’t enough the Jenny Wiley theater puts on performances throughout the year as well.  We didn’t have a chance to check this out, but we hope to on a future visit.  The lake offers additional activities such as fishing & boating.  The campground also has two playgrounds, as well as a basketball court.

Campground Staff – Rating 5:

Hands down the staff is awesome!  Everyone was so friendly and helpful.  The activity directors were all amazing with the kids, and the check in clerks aimed to please.

So there you have it, a brief review of Jenny Wiley Resort State Parks.  Would we visit again?  Yes, and we already have reservations for the fall.  The biggest drawback for me is the bath house so I highly recommend a full hook-up site.  My kids ranked it really high on our list of campgrounds, and the activities definitely helped keep them entertained.  I also loved that it had the “away from it all” feel, while still being close to some civilization.  Not into camping?  Check out my review of Glade Springs Resort, another great place to visit.


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