Grayson Lake State Park

Quick Facts

Grayson Lake State Park


(606) 474-9727

Map Directions

Things To Do


Sheer sandstone canyons and gentle slopes comprise the 1,512 acres of Grayson Lake State Park. This site was a favorite camping area for Shawnee and Cherokee Native American. The hiking trails offer several species of ferns, mosses, and lichens, the flowering rhododendron, "lizard head rock," and the unusual combination of beech-hemlock trees.

Map of Grayson Lake (KY)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.200872, -83.027361



  • Boating

    A launching ramp provides boaters access to Grayson Lake. The 74.2-miles of shoreline range from gentle slopes to scenic canyons. Located 3 miles from the park, a marina has everything you need for a great day on the lake: rental fishing boats and pontoon boats, bait, grocery and rest rooms. Marina open year-round; fee for boat rentals. Marina phone number: 606-474-4513

  • Camping

    Pick your spot under the stars in the spacious, 71-site campground. Utility hookups, a dump station, and two central service buildings with rest rooms, showers, and laundry facilities are available. The check-in station has items such soft drinks, ice, and firewood for sale. There is a pay telephone at the second bathhouse. Closed for season from November 1 to March 31.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is extremely popular during the summers months. Most sought after are bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill. Trout are stocked in the downsteam area.

  • Golfing

    Hidden Cove Golf Course at Grayson Lake State Park located in Olive Hill Kentucky, is a Signature Series course you will not want to miss. Rated #4 by Golf Digest in 2005, your foursome will get the feeling that you have the golf course to yourselves. Gently rolling bent grass fairways nestle their way through tall trees and around scenic Grayson Lake. Some of the largest white sand bunkers found any where help to challenge golfers as they play to large undulating bent grass greens. The back tees at 7,155 yards will challenge the most serious of players while the other sets of tees allow for playability and enjoyment for golfers of all ages and ability.

  • Hiking

    The .8-mile Beech-Hemlock Forest Trail is an opportunity to discover and appreciate the distinctive plants, rock formations, and wildlife of the park. The trail begins near the theater area, and circles the campground near the shoreline of the lake. Of particular interest on the trail are the several species of ferns, mosses, and lichens, the flowering rhododendron, "lizard head rock," and the unusual combination of beech-hemlock trees. For the hearty hiker, there is also a 3 mile Lick Falls trail.

  • Historic Sites

    Grayson Lake - The Historic Horton/Kitchen Log House is set within the time period 1850-1900. It is located approximately 8 miiles south of Grayson, KY on Rt. 7 at the Grayson Lake Damsite. The house, a two-story log structure of rare Saddle bag design, was built about 1836 and is presently being restored with care to reflect the years surrounding the Civil War. Future plans include serveral buildings on the site representative of this time period.

    Laurel Gorge Welcome Center - The creek, through time, has carved its way through the sandstone and formed a gorge with cliffs as high as 300 feet, an outdoor teaching area, interpretive area and local museum. For more information contact the Elliott County Extension Service at (606) 738-6400/6440.

  • Picnicking

    Fresh air encourages hearty appetites, so pack extra helpings in the family picnic basket! The large picnic area is the perfect spot to grill the "catch of the day," and the three playgrounds will keep the children entertained for hours. Two large picnic shelters are available for rental up to one year in advance. Fee for Shelter rental.

  • RVing

    All 71 campsites have utility hookups.

  • Water Sports

    The swim beach at Bruin, which is operated by the Kentucky Department of State Parks, is CLOSED until further notice. Swimming is not permitted at the Bruin beach or from any state park land. However swimming is allowed on the rest of the lake, except boat ramps and areas with posted restrictions. Also, cliff jumping/diving is not permitted on Grayson Lake.



Take Exit 172 on I-64 onto KY 7 South.

Phone Numbers


(606) 474-9727