Big Bear Resort Campground

Pack up the camper and head to Big Bear Resort on beautiful Kentucky Lake, where rates are family-friendly and our campgrounds welcome pets. Bask in sunny days, boating on the lake and exploring the fun-filled attractions around the resort.

Water equipment is available for lease and golf carts are welcome on the paths around Big Bear Resort. In the evening, rest easy with a good old-fashioned campfire and enjoy a peaceful sunset, soaking up the scenery that’s made Big Bear Resort a family favorite for 70 years. No matter whether you’re looking for a family adventure spot or a relaxing place to retreat for a few days, Big Bear Resort really does have something for everyone.

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Latitude: 36.899368 Longitude: -88.223975 Elevation: 384 ft
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Number of Camp Sites

75

Campground Style

Full-Hookups

Driving Directions

From Chicago, IL
Take 90/94 south to I-57
Take I-57 south to I-24
Take I-24 south into Kentucky, past Paducah
Take the Fulton exit 25A (Purchase Parkway), before KY Dam, south to the Draffenville exit 47 
(look for lodging signs), which is Hwy 68E
Make a left at the end of this exit’s ramp
Proceed a short distance (about 3/4 mile) through this commercial part of town, staying toward the left when Hwy 68E forks
Travel about 3.5 miles to Big Bear HWY (look for waypoint signage on the right)
Turn left onto Big Bear HWY and go about 3.2 miles to resort’s entrance on the left

From St. Louis, MO
Take I-64 east into Illinois to I-57
Take I-57 south to I-24
Take I-24 south into Kentucky, past Paducah
Take the Fulton exit 25A(Purchase Parkway), before KY Dam, south to the Draffenville exit 47(look for lodging signs), which is Hwy 68E
Make a left at the end of this exit’s ramp
Proceed a short distance (about 3/4 mile) through this commercial part of town, staying toward the left when Hwy 68E forks
Travel about 3.5 miles to Big Bear HWY (look for waypoint signage on the right)
Turn left onto Big Bear HWY and go about 3.2 miles to resort’s entrance on the left


From Indianapolis, IN
Follow red line on the map
Take I 70 west toward Terre Haute and Hwy 41
Take Route 41 south to Pennyrile Parkway in Kentucky
Take Pennyrile Parkway south to Western Kentucky Parkway
Take Western Kentucky Parkway west to I-24 heading towards Paducah, KY
Take the Exit 25A (Purchase Parkway) south to the Draffenville exit #47
Make a left at the end of this exit’s ramp onto Hwy 68E
Proceed a short distance (about 3/4 mile) through this commercial part of town, staying toward the left when Hwy 68 forks
Travel about 3.5 miles to Big Bear HWY (look for waypoint signage on the right)
Turn left onto Big Bear HWY and go about 3.2 miles to resort’s entrance on the left

From Nashville, TN
Take I-24 toward Paducah, Kentucky
Stay on I-24 until the Fulton exit #25A
Take the Fulton exit 25A (Purchase Parkway) south to the Draffenville exit #47
Make a left at the end of this exit’s ramp onto Hwy 68E
Proceed a short distance (about 3/4 mile) through this commercial part of town, staying toward the left when Route 68 forks
Travel about 3.5 miles to Big Bear HWY (look for waypoint signage on the right)
Turn left onto Big Bear HWY and go about 3.2 miles to resort’s entrance on the left.

From Cincinnati, OH
Take I-71 S towards Louisville to I-65
Take I-65 S towards Nashville until Western Kentucky Parkway
Take Western Kentucky Parkway west toward Paducah to I-24
Take the Fulton exit 25A (Purchase Parkway) south to the Draffenville exit 47 (look for lodging signs), which is Hwy 68E
Make a left at the end of this exit’s ramp
Proceed a short distance (about 3/4 mile) through this commercial part of town, staying toward the left when Hwy 68E forks
Travel about 3.5 miles to Big Bear HWY (look for waypoint signage on the right)
Turn left onto Big Bear HWY and go about 3.2 miles to resort’s entrance on the left

 

Eco-Friendly Notes

Big Bear Resorts, Inc. was the FIRST documented "Clean Marina" by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

Established in 1948 as TVA's FIRST Kentucky Lake Resort, Big Bear began as Big Bear Camp with 200 rental row boats stacked on shore nightly, wood cabins on stilts and a marina staff that slept in the marina so that boat rentals could start at 3 am!

For 46 of the 70 years, Big Bear has been owned by the Meier family, Rick Meier and his wife, Janet Caldemeyer.  Many families have passed through our doors camping, boating and staying in our cottages.  It is truly a gift to be able to see a member of the Big Bear family return with their children and grandchildren.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed on Big Bear property. Max of 1 dog/site w/ $5 fee. Please see website for additional pet information.

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