Destination guide

Escape to rural Kentucky

Surrounded by rolling hills and woodlands, Barren River Lake is a lush slice of rural Kentucky. The lake covers an impressive 10,000-acre footprint, which means there are endless opportunities to fish, boat and explore the shoreline. Thanks to its picturesque setting, Barren River Lake is a magical destination for an amorous weekend away. Barren River Lake vacation rentals set the scene for romance, with lakeside cottages complete with private docks, sunny decks and plenty of privacy.

Things to do

Descend into Mammoth Cave National Park

With everything from cafes and restaurants to tennis courts and a sandy swimming beach, Barren River Lake State Resort Park always buzzes with activity. Want to stay close to the action? While the park offers cottages and camping, Barren River Lake vacation rentals don't compromise on comfort. Venture further afield and you can visit Kentucky's famous cave district. Don't miss the chance to descend into Mammoth Cave National Park, the longest cave system in the world. For rev heads, the National Corvette Museum is a must. It showcases over 80 gleaming muscle cars, including vintage classics, rare prototypes and ultra-modern editions.


Cast a line in Barren River Lake

When it comes to fishing, Barren River Lake is one of Kentucky's most rewarding destinations. Throughout the year it's brimming with bass, bass, bass, walleye, crappie and catfish. Don't forget to pick up a Kentucky Fishing License before you cast a line. The 18-hole Barren River Lake Golf Course will keep golfers entertained, while horseback rides through the forest are always a hit with the little ones. At the park HQ you'll also find a handful of basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, with equipment rentals available at the recreation office.


Summer days in Kentucky

Barren River Lake is at its best in the summer, when Kentucky is drenched in sunshine. From fishing and boating to swimming and kayaking, the warm weather is ideal for enjoying the lake. Fall is also a beautiful time to visit, with mild weather and fiery foliage. Thanks to its year-round appeal, Barren River Lake is a popular destination for bachelor weekends, family reunions, weddings and other special events. With some properties sleeping up to 18 people, Barren River Lake vacation rentals are big enough to house your whole crew. You'll enjoy spacious living areas, rustic decor and the occasional mounted deer head trophy.

Natural features

A winter sanctuary for bald eagles

While it looks entirely natural, Barren River Lake was created by theÊU.S. Army Corps of EngineersÊin the 1960s. Today, the lake is one of Kentucky's most coveted summer destinations. Barren River Lake offers year-round birding opportunities, with the chance to spot neotropical migrating species like flycatchers, thrushes and warblers. If bald eagles are on your wish list, visit from October to March, when the majestic birds flock to spend the winter in Barren River Lake.

Can I find a vacation rental around Barren River Lake?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 45 vacation rentals near Barren River Lake. From 13 Cabins to 13 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Barren River Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Barren River Lake?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Barren River Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Tennessee: 13,731 vacation rentals
  • Mammoth Cave: 64 vacation rentals
  • Bowling Green: 87 vacation rentals
  • Gallatin: 479 vacation rentals
  • Cave City: 93 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Barren River Lake! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Barren River Lake?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Barren River Lake:

  • Mammoth Cave: 64 rentals
  • Bowling Green: 87 rentals
  • Gallatin: 479 rentals
  • Cave City: 93 rentals
  • Scottsville: 44 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Barren River Lake?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Barren River Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Barren River Lake State Resort Park: 48 rentals
  • Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo: 47 rentals
  • Dinosaur World: 61 rentals
  • Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum: 62 rentals
  • National Corvette Museum: 60 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Barren River Lake listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.