Diamond Caverns Thousand Trails is just inside Mammoth Cave National Park about 10-15 minutes from the main visitor center. We stayed there March 30th – April 4th and the weather ranged from the high 20’s and 30s overnight to rain and lightning storms to warm and sunny in the high 60s. It’s your typical early spring weather mix.
The spaces are far enough apart for comfort, though still fairly close. The spaces along the side where we were at (space A-2) had grassy areas behind them with fire pits and picnic tables. We were also diagonal enough that most of our patio side windows faced grass and trees instead of someone else’s RV. Other spaces around the park also had decent grassy areas. What I really liked about the park is that the spaces were in clusters throughout the hills, so it felt more like you were in a smaller park. Instead of RVs as far as the eye could see, you were able to see more trees and grass.
Cell service was good on Verizon and AT&T, with 3 to 4 bars each throughout the week. Of course there were slow-downs during the evening hours, but they were minimal. The utilities at our site were fine at 50amp with full hookups. Some sites are only 30 amp and some are only partial hookups. The odd thing is that the map shows certain sites as being full hookup with 30 amps, but there is only one water spigot between two sites.
Diamond Caverns has your typical Thousand Trails amenities: laundry, bathrooms with showers, pool, playground with basketball court, mini golf, horseshoe pits, a lounge, and event room. The pool wasn’t open while we were there because it was still early in the year and there was no store, but they do have ice and firewood for sale. We felt very safe there and had no concerns leaving our RV when venturing out.
Walking around the RV park is very social – people wave and stop to chat. While we only talked with the staff once (at check-in), the whole place had a very friendly vibe. The property is nice to walk through and has access to a hiking/biking trail that leads to the Mammoth Cave National Park Visitor Center. There’s a shooting range down the road, but the only day we heard anything from it was Saturday. We also had small ant hills (maybe 3 inches high) scattered in our grassy area but had no sign of them throughout the week. Spring had just sprung at the time, so it’s possible they weren’t ready to come outside yet.
For major shopping and your big box stores, you’ll need to drive into Bowling Green, which is an easy 20-30 minutes south. There are a couple of smaller stores in nearby Cave City. We didn’t shop at those, but did go into Bowling Green for the Lost River Cave tour, a pretty darn good steak dinner at Montana’s Grille, and grocery shopping (with a decent organic selection) at the Kroger on the same strip.
We loved being in Mammoth Cave National Park and just a quick 10-minute drive from the main visitor center. It allowed us to explore even after Brian got off work. We definitely recommend doing as many of the Mammoth Cave tours as you can and hiking the area’s trails. Both vary between short and easy to long and very strenuous. Pick what works best for you and make reservations for the tours ahead of time. We also enjoyed the Lost River Cave boat tour in Bowling Green. It was short, but very informative and unique for the boat part of it. They also have some hiking trails and a picnic area with some fun things for kids of all ages. Diamond Caverns also has its own cave you can tour; though, we didn’t go because the description made it sound a little too strenuous for me.
Overall, we feel Diamond Caverns Thousand Trails was a great place to stay and would have loved another week or two here if we had time. We have a Thousand Trails membership, so the price was definitely right (“free” with our membership costs). The location and atmosphere definitely make it worth the stay even if you’d have to pay.
For photos and video of the campground and local attractions, check out our video review!
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