Camp Carlson Recreation Area

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Camp Carlson Recreation Area

Location

Installation
Fort Knox, Elizabethtown, KY
GPS Coordinates
37.90373, -86.025638
Location Information
Fort Knox, Elizabethtown, KY
RV Gate Coordinates
37.902497, -86.024407

Directions

Directions
FROM I-65 HEADING NORTH, take exit-91 heading west on the KY Parkway. In a very short distance, take exit-136 heading north onto US-31W bypass. In about 3.5 miles, turn left onto US-31. Go about 15 miles north on US-31W and turn left onto US-60. There is no gate. At the turn in, stay to the right. The office is the first building you will see with RV parking directly next to the building on the left. ---- FROM I-65 HEADING SOUTH, take exit-125 heading west on SR-841. Go about 10 miles and turn left (south) on US-31W. Go about 15 miles and turn right onto US-60 heading west. Go about 2.75 miles and campground is on your right. There is no gate. At the turn in, stay to the right. The office is the first building you will see with RV parking directly next to the building on the left.

Map

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Map of Camp Carlson Recreation Area

Contact Information

Phone Number
(502) 624-4836
Mailing Address
Camp Carlson Army Recreational Area, 9210 US Route 60, Muldraugh, KY 40155

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians.
Season
Year round
Reservations
Reservations for water/electric RV sites can be made no more than 3 months out and no less than 72 hours of arrival. Cancellations must be made at least 1 month in advance for cabins for a full refund. Cancellations for RV Site must be made at least 48 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
Internet Access
No Wifi available.
Mail Forwarding
Must use local General Delivery.
Pet Information
2 pet limit with usual leash and clean-up rules. There are two dog run areas.
Campground Information
90 day stay limit, then out for 72 hours. Higher rates are from Apr 1 - Oct 31. Lower rates are for Nov 1 - Mar 31. Lodging rates vary on dates and accommodation size. Dump station available at campground ($2 for guests). Tent sites are for up to 6 people. $1 additional per person, per night for tent sites. There are NO tours to the gold vault.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Picinic Area
  • Fishing

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Back-in
35
W/30,50A
$20 - $25
N/A
N/A
Back-in
18
W/30,50A/S
$25 - $30
N/A
N/A
Pull-thru
9
W/30,50A/S
$30 - $35
N/A
N/A
Tent
Unlimited
None
$8
N/A
N/A
Cabins
10
Full
$55 - $80
??
N/A

Other Information

Firearms Policy
Keep all firearms locked in vehicles. Technically, they are not allowed, but there's no entry gate.
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Weather Information

When you want to escape the hustle and bustle world of military life, and you don’t want to take a long trip, just drive down the road a bit, for the peace only nature can bring………… Camp Carlson.

Located just five minutes from the heart of Fort Knox, Camp Carlson Army Recreational Area spans 65 acres of natural beauty, with a 25 acre lake that Catfish, Bluegill, Crappie and Bass call home. Camp Carlson is the perfect setting for an escape week, weekend or day and is ideal for Unit, family and extended family outings.

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User reviews

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4.4
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4.3  (69)
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4.2  (69)
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4.4  (69)
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4.4  (69)
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13 - 16 October 2019
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Location 
 
3.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
2.0
Value 
 
2.0
Overall Experience 
 
2.0
We have stayed here on numerous occasions and are hesitant to stop on our way south because of the location and the lack of services. The price is way too expensive for the amenities. There is little to no television reception and no wifi. There was no cell service. We had to go about five miles to use our phones. We have always commented on the cleanliness of the laundry and bath facilities but this time it appeared to be nonexistent. We will find another place to stay.
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Oct 11-15, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
We enjoyed our visit to Camp Carlson Recreation area. The campground isn't a fancy RV park, but it's clean and quiet. Laundry s $1 a load and $1 to dry. The campground was less than 80% occupied during our late season visit. No problems with Verizon or satellite. We enjoyed visiting many of the local attractions, including Mammoth Cave. I felt $30 a night (FHU back-in) was a little high, but many military campgrounds are getting this way. The office staff was friendly and helpful. Making a reservation was easy. The nearby Fort Knox base has a decent sized commissary and exchange, including a well stocked class VI.
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24 Sep - 8 Oct 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
I don't know where the previous 3 remarks were coming from 1) Cell service is good here on Verizon, 2) satellite is possible from about 80% of the sites 3) $35 a night is not above the usual for a lot of family camps, I've paid as much as $50 a night 4) there is a ton of things to do around here unless you think driving up to Louisville is too far to drive, there's Churchill Downs, the Jim Beam distillery, n numerous Louisville waterfront activities, etc every weekend 5) campground can't be more then 20 miles from I-65 (guess that's too far for some). This campground is GREAT compared to some we've been in, and would not hesitate to come back here again. Elect, water and sewer are all above average too. 
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July 27-28 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
1.0
Value 
 
1.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0
For the amenities it cost too much. There is no local TV stations, satellite is only available from just a few spot in the CG, there is no phone signal, and there is no WIFI. If you like a secluded camp with no contact with the outside world then this is the place for you otherwise find another CG. The camp itself is well maintained everything was clean and the campers friendly. I would stay here again but only long enough to go the Patton museum, then I would have to go where I can get satellite and WIFI. I NEED MY TV! 
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May 24-26, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Location 
 
2.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
4.0
Value 
 
1.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0
It cost $35.00 per night, which is more than I have ever paid at a military CG. There is absolutely no WIFI, even in the community center or office, there are no AIR TV channels to receive, and NO phone signal. We are FT and this is important to us... We had to go on base (CG is off base) to the PX to get WIFI, but you can get a signal for your phone a few miles away from the CG. The CG is quite a ways off of I-65, but not too bad. However, other than the Patton museum (awesome) there is NOTHING around there, but a few fast food joints; nothing! The sites, layout, office personnel, and CG were excellent. Very family camping friendly. Water pressure was GREAT! Overall, I highly doubt I would stay here again. 
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May 12 thru 14, 2019
(Updated: May 22, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
Called the day before and they had an open slot for two nights. Very nice area, quite and clean. $35 a night was pretty high considering no WIFI and not much TV. Otter Creek was very nice and appeared to be stocked with some rainbow trout. Unfortunately no fly rode. The staff was very nice. Unfortunately was not able to go the Patton Museum on Monday (closed), but perhaps next time.
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May 30-June2 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Location 
 
3.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Good little campground! Quite clean, new bathhouses/laundry facility is very nice. Ft Knox is close by, with all the usual amenities. I wish the Gen. Patton museum was finished, but for a two night stay, it was very good.
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13 - 16 Sept 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
A nice quiet milcamp. Be aware there was no TV reception and limited cell service during our stay there is no longer any wifi offered by the campground. The camp managers were on top of our stay and had a nice check in process.
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28-31 May 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Location 
 
3.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
2.0
This is a peaceful, quiet campground located not far from the main Ft Knox base. Grounds and bathhouse were beautifully and meticulously maintained. There is a lovely hiking trail to the nearby lake where one can fish as well. There appeared to be many long-term campers, with semi-permanent fixtures, but no visible sign of occupancy. Such "homesteaders" make it difficult for those who simply wish to visit the area for a few days. The free WiFi was poor at best, and there was NO AT&T wireless coverage, which we understand is not the campground's fault. In our situation, we expect to be connected 24x7, so were grateful when we moved out of the gully after four days. Considering the wireless and Internet situation, we will likely not stay here again.
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May 19-20 & May 25, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
Great place with very friendly staff. Cabins are awesome! All amenities needed including cable tv. Shaded around cabins with picnic table, grill, fire pit, large front porch with glider and chair. Very clean and well maintained. Price is great, alot cheaper than a hotel and more family friendly atmosphere. Thanks Carlson staff and Fort Knox!
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21-25 Aug 16
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Had a very good time here. Easy to find, but the entrance is almost at the bottom of a hill, so slowing down to make the turn can be an issue. Campground is extremely well maintained. Grass cut, bathroom/laundry was very impressive. The campground is off post and no security at the gate. We were able to get the satellite up and running. Which is good because TV and Cell phone reception were non-existent. The WiFi was hit or miss most of the time. Two very nice dog walk areas. The table and fire ring were very good. We had a pull through gravel site which sloped slightly to the driver side. The only downside was the number of HS who took up good spots. The campground was very full while we were there. Overall great experience. We will definitely come back.
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15-23 May 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
Was very easy to find using GPS.  Arrived on Sunday after the office was closed (open until 1215 EDT on Sundays).  As soon as we pulled into the parking area adjacent to the office, we were greeted by a very friendly and helpful camp host.  We had made reservations several months ago and had been assigned a electric + water back-in site.  We called a few days prior to see if by chance a full hook-up had come available and they said to ask upon check-in.  The camp host took me around on his 4-wheeler to view available sites.  We found a nice full hook-up back-in site.  This campgrounds is maintained immaculately.  The sites are level, easy to back in my 42 ft long fifth wheel.  Nice doggie park near our campsite.  It is split in half, one side for big dogs, and the other for smaller dogs, and no "land mines" - users apparently police the doo-doo pretty good.  The laundry/latrine facility looks brand new.  The washers and dryers look like they have never been used (eight each I believe).  $1 wash, $1 dry.  Very clean "day room" adjacent to the laundry with fridge and reading material.  Hard surface roads.  Mediocre internet, but it is free so not complaining.  Cell coverage is nearly none-existent, even with Verizon. Poor reception on broadcast channels (cannot receive NBC, ABC or CBS), but was able to see Directv satellites from a tripod.  Policy says no "homesteading" but it would sure appear some of these trailers have been here a VERY long time, especially the primo full hook-up pull throughs.  We have only been here one day but we would definitely recommend this campgrounds with our experience so far. 
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September 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
Camp Carlson is a great place to stay. Sites are huge and the WiFi is great. Laundry area and bathrooms are spotless. Washers/dryers are only 1.00. The only bad things is they offer recycling for cans and bottles, but watched them throw all the recyclables into the dumpster. That was disheartening. The other bad part is the garbage that is all around the fishing pond. There are several trash cans located around the pond, but people just throw it on the ground. My hubby and I spent quite some time picking up as much garbage as we could. The park itself is very clean and we'll maintained. Someone needs to address the situation at the pond. Other than that, we really liked staying here.
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Oct 2015
Overall rating 
 
2.6
Location 
 
2.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
2.0
Value 
 
1.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0
Prices are incorrect here, they went up. They consider HIGH peak season till December 1. We stayed here in October and rates are $23 for FHU and $20 for w/e, weekly rates are pay for 6 get 7 free and America the beautiful is only a $1 discount. I really don't think the rates are worth it. Cell reception is zero for anyone except Verizon and even with Verizon it's in/out. Only way around this issue is buy a $500 Verizon signal boaster...not worth it unless you plan to stay long term.
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Aug 21, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
Camp Carlson is a decent place to stay. The facilities are large and we'll maintained. Laundry facility is only $1.00 per load. Lots of machines. Grounds are well maintained. Large pads with plenty of room. Other campers are friendly. There's a large fishing pond that's beautiful, but the downside is the litter left behind by the fishermen. They just toss their trash on the ground. Otherwise it's a nice place. Internet is slow, when it even works. I would recommend a stay here.
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September 10-11, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
It was a great experience - off base but close, quiet & well maintained, friendly hosts, large sites with trees, picnic tables and fire rings & paved interior roads all at a great price! It was only lacking in cell phone reception (Verizon sometimes had 3G & 1 or 2 bars at best). General comments - Only a few sites were concrete, rest were gravel. Depending on your satelite dish, only a few sites would accommodate a roof mounted system and others will need a portable dish.
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July 31 - August 14, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
Great campground! Helpful host, ditto management. Not too far to base facilities, but not on post so it's quiet. ONLY down tick is for slow internet service (reminds me of dial-up speeds!), but at least it's there. Also, only Verizon works for cell phones, and even that's not great. Still, this is a really nice CG and we'll be staying here again if we're in the area.
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20 Nov 14
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Only stayed here one night, but we really liked what we saw and will stop back for a longer stay on the way home.
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Oct 28 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0
Stopped for one night heading south. Camp host are very friendly and helpful. This campground has a lot of homesteading and sites show it. Hot water heater laying by camper along with 5 or more storage tubs stacked up, tarp for awning, pallets laying around. Saw a couple sites that were junked up and detract from the campground. Active duty living there. Is becoming a trailer park if you ask me. No cell service, didn't have wifi code, did not use bathhouse. Might stop again if we're passing thru. Oh, cabin area looks very nice and well taken care of.
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Oct Nov 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Have stayed at this campground over a dozen times and it is still on top of our list, there has been some changes. First, the Camp Hosts are the best ever. If it was not for them, it would not be a great park. The WIFI might as well not exist. And no matter how much you talk to them about it, nothing is done, the service is provided by a contractor. Being the location is down in the valley, there is nothing no one can do about the phone service. As always, you have too many contractors homesteading and the sites look like trailer trash. There is also a new camp manager who never comes out of the office. But the park is still a great park.
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