Laurel River Lake has a good variety of state and other federal recreation areas and parks located within a short drive.
Cumberland Falls State Park - http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/cumberland-falls/default.aspx
Levi Jackson State Park - http://parks.ky.gov/parks/recreationparks/levi-jackson/default.aspx
Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site - http://parks.ky.gov/parks/historicsites/thomas-walker/default.aspx
For all recreation areas managed by the Forest Service around the lake please visit: