Camp Carlson Recreation Area

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Camp Carlson Recreation Area
Camp Carlson Recreation Area
Camp Carlson Recreation Area
Camp Carlson Recreation Area
Camp Carlson Recreation Area
Camp Carlson Recreation Area
Camp Carlson Recreation Area

Location

Installation
Fort Knox, Elizabethtown, KY
GPS Coordinates
37.90373, -86.025638
Location Information
Fort Knox, Elizabethtown, KY

Directions

Directions
From I-65 North or South, take exit 102. Take Hwy 313 to US-60 and turn right, go about 4 miles to the campground on your left. At the turn in, stay to the right. The office is the first building you will see.

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.
Internet Access
Free WI-FI via TengoInternet with coupon available at Campground. Intermittent cell phone coverage. Sites C1, C2, D4, D5, and D6 should provide good to excellent satellite Internet and satellite TV for those with roof mounted systems.
Mail Forwarding
Must use local General Delivery.
Pet Information
2 pet limit with usual leash and clean-up rules.
Campground Information
90 day stay limit, then out for 72 hours. Lodging rates vary on dates and accommodation size. Dump station available at campground ($2 for guests). 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. There are NO tours to the gold vault.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Discounts
Discount for America the Beautiful
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Picinic Area
  • Fishing

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Back-in
35
W/30,50A
$20
$120
N/A
Back-in
18
W/30,50A/S
$22
$135
N/A
Pull-thru
9
W/30,50A/S
$23
$135
N/A
Tent
Unlimited
None
$5 - $8
N/A
N/A
Cabins
10
Full
$50 - $75
$200 - $300
N/A

Other Information

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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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21-25 Aug 16

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

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

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

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

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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4.9
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September 10-11, 2015

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

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

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

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

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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Sept 10 - 24, 2014

Wife and I stopped for a week and ended up staying for two. The Famcamp is kept very tidy and the bathhouse is kept very clean everyday. The hosts that take over after business hours were awesome. One of them actually rode around tending to ice and firewood for the campers with campsite delivery. There's a beautiful lake area (Lake Carlson) for fishing. There's even a trail around the backside of the lake for a great early evening walk with your dog. Only problem I found and it has nothing to do with the "FamCamp" was the trash thrown everywhere around the lake by the fisherman. There was trash cans everywhere and they are checked and changed daily, yet fisherman would throw their cans, bottles, fishing line, dirty diapers wherever they fished. It was so bad, my wife and I on our nightly walks, filled a total of 5 trash bags...this is how I know the trash cans were changed daily. New hours, they close at 15:30 M-T-T-F closed wed,S-S. See camp host if closed. They have WiFi, you get a code from office or host, its slow but works for social media.

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May 26 - June 1, 2014

We stayed here for 7 nights. Campground is clean, as is washroom and laundry. The campground is off base, but Fort Knox is just 3-4 miles away. No diesel fuel on base. Great location to take in some of the area sights. We will stay again if in the area.

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August 19, 2013

First time visit and it will not be our last! This is a gem of a park. Clean, clean bathhouse! Nice little bike ride up to the rental lodge, beautiful lake view, if you are planning any event this is the place to have it! Of all the military parks we have stayed in, this is ranked number one. Friendly staff.

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August 2013

We stay here almost every year. My husband's sister lives in Valley Station just down the road. This year, we were here a little over a week. Always liked this park. Very clean. Poor Verizon cell phone service because a small cell phone company has locked up the area and won't allow any other cell towers. Thought their contract would be up, but apparently it has been renewed. Am able to use my Verizon Mifi, but is very slow and sometimes have to play with it before I can get on. Will be back again.

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Jun 27 - Jul 1, 2013

W.C. left this review using the Directory software: - We had called ahead on the day of our arrival because we had not made reservations. The night host met us and guided us to a place to drop our utility trailer and then to our site. He is outstanding.

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(Updated: June 04, 2013)
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1 June 2013

Had an outstanding visit. We stayed for two weeks for our daughter's wedding and had the time of our life. Park is clean and very well kept. The sites with electric and water can now be reserved on Webtrac but the sites with sewage are on first come first serve basis. WIFI and phone service are sketchy but town is about ten-fifteen minutes away and you can connect at local fast food places. Park is wooded and on a lake, beautiful surroundings. Bathhouse and laundry are new and very well maintained. Reminder to people using the park to clean up after yourself. The area around the lake has many fishing packages and trash left from fisherman.

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(Updated: November 22, 2012)
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4.7
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17-20 Nov

Stayed at this great campground on the way to and again on the way back from Mammoth Cave NP. Very nice hiking trails, a nice small lake and lots of well-maintained group areas. Free Wifi was good, great restroom facilities, very clean and well maintained. Large clean laundry facilities and a dayroom with sat tv, common area kitchen and a large book, magazine and vcr tape sharing library. All of the staff were extremely friendly, courteous and helpful. Very good value and I would recommend this camp to anyone.

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(Updated: September 16, 2012)
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3.3
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September 11 - 13, 2012

Clean and well kept park. Nice area to visit and near post facilities. Orientation of some sites have your entry opening next to the road. Our fire ring was only about 3 ft from the road. Rebar sticking up through railroad ties around the gravel pad was a trip and safety hazard. Obviously been that way for a long while. Hard to believe the military doesn't inspect the place. The 120 day rule is with a wink and a nod. Receptionist said as long as no one reserves your site after your time is up you can stay. She seems to have missed the part about vacating for 72 hours. So at $13 a day homesteaders will stay. Military retiree that I met there was upset at having a waiting list for full hook up sites. At the outer rings the Wifi was useless.

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(Updated: September 02, 2012)
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Aug 30 - Sep 3, 2012

One of the most beautiful campgrounds, military or civilian, we've stayed in all our travels. Office staff very friendly and helpful. Reservations can only be made on line and tends to be somewhat confusing. Reservations can be made for water/elec sites only. Was told on the phone that you have to be put on a waiting list for full hookups. We lucked out and were assigned a full hookup site when we arrived. Campground is immaculate, as was the laundry and rec room. Will definitely stay here again.

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June 10 - 13 August 2012

Stayed here 64 days. Very quite and relaxing, Has a pond with fishing, & walking trail. Had water, electric, & sewer hookups at our site. Direct TV, Verizon cell & Internet worked great. Paid $13.00 per night. Campground in not on base, but not far. Also not far from other shopping and dining out. Had laundry at campground 1.00 wash & dry. Has some homesteaders that work on base, but was not a problem, always had some sites open. I'm not a numbers rater, either I like a FamCamp or not. Well I like this FamCamp. Will stay here again.

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