Bert T. Combs Park
- Governor's Campground RV Park
- Bert Combs Lake
- Swimming Pool (Closed for repairs)
- Equestrian and ATV Trail System
This park, one of the best-kept secrets in the Daniel Boone National Forest, is nestled in a beautiful mountain valley at the forks of the head waters of Beech Creek, about three and a half miles northeast of Manchester on Beech Creek Road. The RV park offers matchless mountain scenery and features trails that take those hardy enough to walk or ride horses to the tops of the ridges that define the park. There is a large community swimming pool and kiddies pool, tennis and basketball courts, and a banquet room complete with kitchen and event facilities. A large shelter house adjacent to the RV park has room for 250-300 people along with grills and electricity. Great fishing is a cast away in Bert T. Combs Lake, a short walk from the park. Located on a hillside adjacent to the center is the final resting place of former Kentucky Governor Bert T. Combs.
The Governor's RV Park of the Bert T. Combs Park is now open to campers however, light construction changes continue to occur to increase your camping experience. The park will under go a series of changes and become one the region's premier parks.
Most notable will be the addition of hook up 70'+ RVs.
Other improvements and enhancements include:
-Enhanced access to Bert T. Combs Lake.
-A General Store and check-in.
-Registered Campers free access to the pool, tennis and basketball courts.
-New equestrian trail is open with 8+ miles of trails.
-Gas lights around the park
-Nature and wildlife walking/hiking trails
-Local flora and other points of interest.
Comment received about the Bert T. Combs Campground (from a Governor’s Campground and RV park Survey): “We have been RV camping for about 10 years. The bath house and grounds are the cleanest we have ever seen in any state or campground!”
Rawlings and Stinson Park
-A new Crumb Rubber walking track that circles the park.
-A large covered stage for outdoor concerts.
-New play ground equipment.
-A wedding gazebo.
-Movies In The Park 2nd & 4th Friday during summer months weather permitting (family movies) - Check Events Calendar on Home Page for movies.
-A Clay County Veterans Memorial.
-Large shelter houses for family and other gatherings, with grills.
-A concrete boat ramp on Goose Creek.
-A large protected, historic rock with ancient inscriptions recognized nationally.
-A scenic, tree-shaded walking trail along beautiful and historic Goose Creek connects Rawlings and Stinson Park to Riverside Park upstream.
-Unbelievable fishing right in park.
Big Hickory Golf Course
Encircled by the Cotton Bend of Goose Creek, and by beautiful hardwood forested mountains on all sides, Big Hickory offers a truly breathtaking golfing experience.
Click here for details.
Located on Town Branch Road next to Mountain View Heights
Sprinkler Pad for kids with several spraying fountains for kids to enjoy. A Skaters and skateboarders section is adjacent to the Splash Pad. Change rooms and bathrooms are available. A shelter for adults with picnic tables is on site.
Martin L. King Park
Play ground equipment and Shelter has been improved. Located in the Pennington Hill section off the four lane near the Eastern Kentucky University Manchester Campus.
New char-grilling equipment and landscaping. Picnic tables and a shelter house. A walking trail along Goose Creek connects this park with Rawlings and Stinson Park (see above).
Governor's Campground Rules
RESERVATIONS: A one night deposit must be paid in order to make a reservation. Refunds will be made for cancellations within 10 days of reservation date. For Reservations call 606-598-1554.
QUIET TIME: To assure the tranquility of our guests Quiet Time begins at 10:30 p.m.
ATVs, DIRT BIKES, etc.: Prohibited in campsite area without prior approval by campsite host. Only those who are occupants of the RV park and plan to ride on local trails are allowed inside the camping area.
GOLF CARTS: Must be accompanied by a licensed driver at all times inside camping area or adjacent parking lots.
ATVs, GOLF CARTS, etc.: Must stay in graveled or black top areas and are to be parked after dark.
CAMPGROUND SPEED LIMIT: 5 mph in entire campgroud
NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ALLOWED.
Set in the beautiful Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, the Bert T. Combs Equestrian Trail offers the area’s best horseback riding.
As you ride along the 3 ˝ miles of mapped trails (provided by request), plus unlimited miles of trails in the Daniel Boone National Forest and Beech Creek Wildlife Management Area, you will experience nature at its best. The Equestrian Trail offers breathtaking views, wildlife and several picnic areas with amenities for both you and your horses. There are picnic tables and trash receptacles for you and hitching posts and natural springs to water your horses.
Surrounded by the Beech Creek Wildlife Management Area and the Daniel Boone National Forest, the Equestrian Trail provides easy access to the 25 acre Bert T. Combs Lake. The lake offers some of the areas best fishing and is stocked annually with Rainbow Trout and Catfish. Bert T. Combs Lake also gives anglers great opportunity to fish for Bass and several different varieties of pan fish and is easily accessible for boating. But please remember ELECTRIC MOTORS ONLY.
Governor’s Campground and RV Park amenities:
·39 campsites - 24 gravel, 7 paved and 8 tent sites.
·Water and Electric Hookups
·Camp Store for all your camping needs
·Bathrooms and Shower House
·Sewage Dump Station
·Playground and fenced Bicycle Track for children
·Picnic Areas and Shelter
The Manchester Recreational Park Beech Creek Recreational Building is an approximately 80’ x 50’ meeting room available for rent with tables and chairs an equipped kitchen and bathrooms with showers. There’s also abundant parking.
The park has two shelters with picnic tables and grills which can be reserved for special events.
There is a beautiful swimming pool on site which is also available for rent during season for pool parties.
Movies at the Campground
begin June 18th
July 4th activities for the family
Click photo for Big Hickory information
Site of the famous Red
Bird Petroglyph inscriptions
River Walk Trail
Path of the Warrior's Path used by
Daniel Boone, Dr. Thomas Walker
and countless other explorers
Goose Creek was the famous
route for salt boats in early 1800s
Goose Creek Salt Works
Site of famous salt works from 1790s, first Clay government,
new home of Cotton Cabin
Cover a remarkable amount of Clay County history by taking a walk along the beautiful River Walk trail along historic Goose Creek between the famous Red Bird Petroglyph and the Goose Creek Salt Works, site of the beginning of it all.