When I was a kid, many of our free weekends in the summer were spent swimming at Kentucky Lake or Rough River Lake or (fill in the blank) Lake. You get the idea.

The Commonwealth has so many beautiful lakes, it's hard to make the WRONG choice when selecting one for a getaway.

But what about those lakes that may be lesser-known but still offer everything you'd want from a recreational swimming spot?

I found six worth investigating:

Located on 14,000 acres in nearby Dawson Springs, this beautiful getaway spot is a short drive from just about anywhere in the tri-state.

This artificial lake, or reservoir, in Taylorsville is situated mainly in Spencer County, Kentucky and is a short drive southeast out of Louisville. There's also a very nice marina. I was there about 25 years ago. Gorgeous.

Sounds serious, doesn't it? A quarry. But don't let THAT deter you. It doesn't deter anyone else from enjoying a full day of swimming, floating, and fishing.

Couple of things...Eagle Falls is located at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, so you KNOW it's going to be a blast. Second, its Facebook page says its address is in Lake Tahoe, California. It's not. Enjoy.

I love this park. A long time ago, a friend of mine from Morehead took me here. Loved it. Pretty sure you will, too. And it's not very far off Interstate 64 in Olive Hill, so it's easy to get there, even if it IS a bit of a drive. Also, plan to do more than swim, as you will see here:

This is a little more than a bit of a drive, but it would make for a great three-day weekend. Falls Campground is located in Louisa, Kentucky which is just south of Ashland very close to the West Virginia border. BONUS: It's a short drive from Loretta Lynn's childhood home which is ALWAYS worth a visit.

Well, gang, there you go. If you go, have a great time, although I don't think that will be difficult to do.




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