It was a beautiful Saturday morning as we loaded up the car and headed out to Hillman Ferry Campground for an overnight camping trip. It was about an hour drive from my home and I can tell you that it was a full hour of excited little ones. Not sure if you remember seeing my daughter's excitement over our Instagram Stories. When we arrived we were in awe. The lake was perfect and so was the view.
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We didn't make any reservations and just tried our luck on one of the "first get, first serve" campsites. We were lucky enough to get the exact campsite that we were wanting. Right on the water looking out to the other side of the lake.
We set up camp and started getting lunch ready. It was already noon by this time and the little ones were hungry. Probably burned all of their energy from the excitement. This was my daughter Isa's first camping trip and they were super stoked to be there.
After lunch we immediately came to find out that we needed games or something else to keep our little ones occupied. Rocking on the hammock was already getting boring for them. We then decided to head up to their little shop on the campground and buy a ball and few other things to keep them entertained.
Shortly after dinner I decided to go with Bella by the water to look for flowers and sticks. We found this cute little spot where we both sat down and watched the boats pass. I ended up capturing a moment of true daughter beauty (at least in a mother's eyes). I captured her glowing eyes of the excitement she had for this weekend. She was proud to have gone camping especially when she had helped me plan the camping trip for her daddy's birthday. We also found the cutest little frog jumping around. Bella was very excited to see him jump and kept scaring the poor little guy till he hid amongst the rocks by the water.
We then all sat around the fire as a family to talk, make s'mores, and burn a few marshmallows (I always end up burning them little white puffballs). I mean what's a camping trip without s'mores, right? They are super sweet though but so deliciously amazing. My husband and I decided it was time to put the kids to bed. I'm not sure if they were excited to be inside the tent now that it wasn't so hot outside or for all the glow sticks we put around the windows of the tent. Either way the excitement and playing around of the day eventually got to them and they fell asleep giving my husband and I some bonding time.
The only bonding time we really have during the week is a little bit after the girls go to sleep to watch one of our favorite TV shows together and head to bed so being able to actually sit on the hammock together, cuddle, and talk about random stuff was a wonderful change to the normal routine. We starred at the stars and the water shimmering from the moon and talked about how we should be camping much more often and why we hadn't done it sooner as a family.
This camping trip was a learning experience and has made our following camping trips better and easier. I am used to camping with my dad who used to pack everything for us and is a pro at camping so doing it for my family for the second time in 5 years was a pretty good learning experience on what to bring and not to bring. Below are some tips and more information about the park and campground.
About Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area in Kentucky and Tennessee
Land Between The Lakes, or LBL as most locals here call it, is literally land between two lakes. On the west side is the Kentucky Lake, North side has the Cumberland River and the East side has Lake Barkley. How cool is our God who created such a nifty piece of land surrounded by water but yet not an island. This national recreation area is in both Tennessee and Kentucky. The border of both states runs directly through the middle (east to west) of LBL. You can find more information about the park and everything that they have to offer here.
Camping At Land Between The Lakes - Hillman Ferry Campground
I decided to go to Hillman Ferry Campground, mainly cause of the view. This campground is located on the north side of LBL looking out to Kentucky Lake (on the Kentucky side). Not all campsites have a lakeside view though so if you want a lake side view make sure to reserve in advanced and on the lot that you want by the water. There's a loop Area A which is "first come, first serve." Sadly this is our favorite area cause of the bay looking out to the lake. The view is beautiful but I recommend trying your luck on a non-holiday weekend and arriving early in the morning Saturday or Friday. Weekdays will most likely be more available then on the weekend. To make reservations and view their campground map go here or to view their brochure go here. When making reservations make sure to review their rules and regulations and abide by them. To learn more about the campground go here.
LBL does have other campgrounds as well and hiking trails, swimming areas, picnic areas, and much more (check it out here under the "See and Do" section). Piney campground is our other favorite campground and we will be going there first weekend of September 2017 for my birthday. This campground is located on the south side of LBL on the Tennessee side. (Stay tuned for the blog post for Piney Campground. Once posted I will tag it here.)
Last but not least, if you are camping with kids don't forget to check out this post for more information on the "10 Must Haves When Camping With Kids". I hope you enjoyed this post and don't forget to share/pin.
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