Cumberland Falls among six state parks recognized with awards from Kentucky Living Magazine

Six Kentucky State Parks were honored as part of Kentucky Living magazine’s “Best in Kentucky” awards announcement. More than 100 award winners were announced Thursday at the Kentucky State Fair. “Our parks are honored with these Best in Kentucky awards and we appreciate the public support all of our parks and our employees receive,” said Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland. “We’re in some...

Kentucky Hills, Woods and Waters Weekend set for Jan. 20-22 at Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park will host the Kentucky Hills, Woods and Waters Weekend Jan. 20-22. This weekend will give guests a chance to explore Kentucky’s rich cultural and natural history by attending free activities and workshops. Participants will be able to choose from a wide variety of activities including guided hikes, kayaking, fishing, wildlife watching, and wildlife habitat restoration. On...

Additional funding for park repairs won’t cover Cumberland Falls Resort conference center

The additional $18 million state legislators budgeted in April for Kentucky State Parks will pay to repair leaky roofs and faulty wiring – blamed for recent fires at two different lodges – but it isn’t enough to save the conference center at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. That building will be bulldozed after being condemned. “Over the years the parks have become pretty run down,”...

Volunteers needed for Beautification Day at Cumberland Falls; Gen. Butler scene for BattleFrog

Volunteers are needed for Cumberland Falls Beautification Day at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m. Volunteers will be picking up litter and trash deposited by the Cumberland River due to spring rain and flooding. Volunteers will be picking up litter and trash deposited by the Cumberland River due to spring rain and flooding on May 21 (Photo Provided) Volunteers will meet...

Five state parks earn recognition from Kentucky Living Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards

Five Kentucky State Parks were recognized in Kentucky Living magazine’s 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards published in April. The magazine’s annual travel issue presents the winners based on voting by readers for 20 categories. “We appreciate the support from the voters and Kentucky Living magazine,” said Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland. “All of our parks are special places and the recognition...

Native American Weekend focus in on culture, history at Cumberland Falls State Park

Learn about Native American culture at the Native American Weekend April 1-2 at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin. The weekend, which is also sponsored by the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission, will be about the music, traditions, culture and history of Native Americans. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children, seniors and veterans. The weekend, which is also sponsored...

Wanted: Kentucky adventurers to share experiences of state’s ‘great outdoors’

Dupont Lodge (Photo by Meghan Edwards)   The Office of Adventure Tourism’s Kentucky Outdoor Adventure blog, which highlights hiking, paddling, horseback riding and other outdoor adventures in the Bluegrass State, has a new look and new features.   The biggest change is that the blog will use contributions from anyone who has enjoyed an outdoor adventure in Kentucky and wants to share...

AmeriCorps team of seven spends the early spring volunteering at Kentucky State Parks

Seven young adults from across the United States spent the last few weeks working at two Kentucky State Parks as part of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps program.   The team worked at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill and at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin on repairing trails, cleaning out caves and other park improvement projects.   “They worked...