Columbus-Belmont State Park the site for 27th annual Civil War Days Oct. 13-15

The 27th Annual Civil War Days at Columbus-Belmont State Park is Oct. 13-15. The weekend will include battle re-enactments, history and museum tours, soldier camps, entertainment, food and more. Admission is free. This three-day event begins with an Education Day on Friday. There will be cannon and rifle demonstrations, life of a soldier, and dance instruction. Students, scouts, and groups are encouraged...

Explore Kentucky: Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site to host Archaeology Festival Sept. 23

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site will host an Archaeology Festival on Sept. 23 as part of Archaeology Month. The day will feature special demonstrations and hands-on activities for children from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include a mock excavation for kids, artifact laboratory station, spear and atlatl throwing, youth bows and arrows, flint knapping, finger weaving, basket weaving, corn shuck...

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...

Officials mark reopening of newly renovated May Lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

State and local officals Wednesday held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the renovated May Lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, which is now open. A fire in March, 2016, forced officials to close the main lodge building, which included the park restaurant and lounge. The lodge rooms remained open during repairs and the restaurant moved to the conference center. “We are grateful that no one was hurt...

Grand opening for new splash pad at E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park set for Saturday

The grand opening for a new splash pad at E.P. “Tom” State Park will be Saturday, June 3, at 11:30 a.m. State and local officials will be on hand to open the splash pad. Admission to the pool area will be free from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. There will be refreshments, music and prizes. The celebration is being organized by the Tom Sawyer State Park Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports...

Give mom a break — take her to the Mother’s Day buffet at a Kentucky State Resort Park

Give mom a break this Mother’s Day with a buffet at a Kentucky State Park. The Kentucky State Parks will be offering a Mother’s Day buffet Sunday, May 14, at its resort parks. The menu includes salad bar, fruit, cheese, roast beef, roast pork with apple dressing, chicken and dumplings, fried catfish and hush puppies, vegetables and desserts. The buffet will start at 11 a.m. and closing times will...

Pennyrile Forest State Resort’s Trail of Tears Weekend chance to learn about route of the Cherokee

Learn about the route of the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears in western Kentucky during Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park’s Trail of Tears Weekend May 12-13. The event, co-sponsored by the Friends of Pennyrile, will feature a bus tour of the trail in Caldwell, Crittenden and Livingston counties. The bus will take participants to Mantle Rock Nature Preserve, which is an important point on Trail of...

Campgrounds at Kentucky State Parks open Friday, Camper Appreciation Weekend set for April 28-30

If you’re planning to enjoy the outdoors this year and go camping, make sure to try out a Kentucky State Park campground. The parks have 30 campgrounds across the state. To help kickoff the camping season, the state parks will hold its annual “Camper Appreciation Weekend” on April 28-30, when campers can get two nights for the price of one. Another camping discount offered during April is a two...

Kentucky State Resort Parks plan buffet, egg hunt, other special events for Easter holiday

Make plans to bring your family to a Kentucky State Resort Park for the annual Easter buffet on April 16 for a great meal. The menu at the resort park restaurants includes roast beef carved on the line; baked country ham; catfish and hushpuppies; and a chef’s favorite entree selection. The meal will also include fresh fruit, a cheese bar, garden vegetables, salad and desserts. The price for adults...

State Parks assessing alternative uses for three golf courses; including one located at General Butler

Kentucky State Parks announced that it will look at alternative recreational uses for the 9-hole golf courses at Carter Caves State Resort Park and Kincaid Lake State Park. The parks previously sought proposals for private businesses to manage the golf courses, but did not receive any responses. As a result, the course at Carter Caves will close permanently April 2. The course at Kincaid Lake will...

Alcoholic Beverage Control, state parks partner to provide statewide STAR training sessions

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and the Kentucky Department of Parks are teaming up to provide monthly Server Training in Alcohol Regulations (STAR) classes for ABC licensees and their employees. The STAR course is a two-hour class for individuals that serve or sell alcoholic beverages in Kentucky. The course provides an overview of the state’s liquor laws and covers topics such...

Eastern Mining Collectors Association sets sixth annual spring meet at show at Carter Caves

The Eastern Mining Collectors Association will hold its sixth annual Spring Meet and Show at Carter Caves State Resort Park on April 1. Learn about the rich history of coal mining in Eastern Kentucky at this free event. Vendors from across the country and as far away as California will be at the show to sell, buy and trade mining artifacts used in the mining of coal, gold, silver and copper. The artifacts...

Kentucky State Parks to issue requests for management proposals for nine-hole golf courses

The Kentucky State Parks Department announced that it will solicit requests for three of its 9-hole golf courses. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) will be issued for the 9-hole golf courses at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill and Kincaid Lake State Park near Falmouth. Kentucky State Parks is looking for a private concessionaire to operate these two courses. Additionally, the park system will...

Eagle Watch Weekends available at Kentucky State Parks; trips available in January, February

Eagle Watch Weekends, a unique Kentucky State Park tradition, will be offered once again in January and February 2017. The park system will sponsor this wildlife-watching opportunity as bald eagles gather around the major lakes of western Kentucky looking for food. The park tours allow guests to observe and learn about these beautiful birds of prey. For four decades, the Kentucky State Parks have offered...

Seven campgrounds at Kentucky State Resort Parks will remain open during fall and winter months

Kentucky State Parks will keep several campgrounds open during the fall and winter months. Seven park campgrounds will remain open through winter months. The open campgrounds include: Carter Caves, Columbus-Belmont, Fort Boonesborough, General Butler, Lake Cumberland, Paintsville Lake and Levi Jackson. Campground at Columbus-Belmont State Park (Photo Provided) Some campgrounds may turn off water lines...

Old Fashioned Holiday: Kentucky State Resort Parks will serve Thanksgiving Day buffet on Nov. 24

Sixteen Kentucky State Resort Parks will serve a Thanksgiving Day buffet on Nov. 24. Kentucky State Parks will serve 2,000 pounds of turkey, 1,500 pounds of sweet potatoes and 750 pounds of country ham. Additionally, 4,300 pieces of fried chicken, the 1,300 pounds of roast beef and 12,000 rolls will be served along with 600 pies, including pecan and pumpkin. The parks have hosted the Thanksgiving...

Three Northern Kentucky schools among six to receive foundation grants to visit state parks

The Kentucky State Park Foundation has approved transportation grants for students at six schools, including three schools in Northern Kentucky, for visits to state parks during the current school year. Students from Howell Elementary in the Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District and Beechgrove Elementary in the Kenton County School District will visit Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, thanks...

Thousands of re-enactors expected for national event commemorating Battle of Perryville Oct. 8-9

The commemoration of the Battle of Perryville, designated this year as the national Civil War re-enactment, is the weekend of Oct. 8-9, 2016. The Battle of Perryville was the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky and left more than 7,500 casualties. Serving as a national re-enactment, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site is expecting up to 4,000 re-enactors. Unlike other re-enactments, the Perryville...

Kentucky State Parks have boo-tiful plans to celebrate Halloween throughout October

Kentucky State Parks across the Commonwealth will host Halloween events throughout October. Many of the park system’s campgrounds will have special activities for campers, including decorations, costumes, hayrides and games for the kids. Resort parks, recreation parks and historic sites will also have special events during October. A full list of events is available at: http://parks.ky.gov/halloween/. Parents...

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site celebrates pioneer lifestyle through 34th annual Salt Festival

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site will celebrate pioneer lifestyles at the 34th annual Salt Festival Oct. 14-16. The festival will feature demonstrations of pioneer living, skills and traditions. Guests will have to opportunity to browse the crafters corner and see the many handcrafted items for sale. Food will be available at the food court. Guests can also enjoy folk and bluegrass music, listen...