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Kentucky State Parks offering 20 percent discount on weekday golfing at all courses through May 24

Golfers can get a 20 percent discount off the normal rate at all Kentucky State Parks golf courses Monday through Thursday through May 24. The golf course at Mineral Mound State Park (Photo from KSP) You can get the discount by reserving a tee time online at parks.ky.gov The discount does not apply to overnight golf packages. The park system offers excellent play at courses across the state. Parks...

Louisville’s E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park celebrates arrival of Spring with Goose Creek 5K April 14

Celebrate the arrival of spring by signing up for the Goose Creek 5K race at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park on April 14, 2018. Prizes will be awarded to the overall female and male finishers, as well as the top two female and male finishers in each age group. The Goose Creek 5K at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park (Photo from KSP) The registration cost is $25 through April 11 at 4 p.m. Day...

Kentucky State Park to serve annual Easter Buffet April 1 at 15 resort park restaurants

Kentucky State Parks will be serving the annual Easter buffet April 1 at 15 resort park restaurants. The menu includes beef carved on the line, baked country ham and local favorites. The meal will also include fresh fruit, a cheese bar, garden vegetables, salad and desserts. The price for adults is $19.50, and children (12 and under) are $9.50, not including tax. The price does not include a beverage....

Kentucky State Parks offering opportunities to watch March Madness Basketball at several park locations

College basketball fans have several options to watch their favorite teams during March at Kentucky State Parks. Natural Bridge State Resort Park near Slade has Trail’s End Tavern with TV sets and a variety of beverages available. The tavern is inside Hemlock Lodge. Trail’s End Tavern at Natural Bridge State Resort Park (Photo from KAP) Jenny Wiley State Resort Park at Prestonsburg also has...

Henderson’s John James Audubon State Park, other locations plan St. Patrick’s Day specials, events

Wear something green and get in free on St. Patrick’s Day at the John James Audubon State Park museum. The park in Henderson is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 with specials for visitors at the museum, gift shop, and golf course. John James Audubon museum (Photo from KSP) Guests who wear green on Saturday receive free museum admission. They can also enjoy “Shamrock baked goods” at...

Department for Local Government accepting 2018 applications for Land Water Conservation Fund

The Department for Local Government announces the 2018 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) application is open to the Kentucky State Parks to assist in their endeavors to improve existing outdoor recreational facilities. This will allow the Commonwealth to meet the Kentucky Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreational Plan (SCORP) Strategic Goal in maintaining and enhancing the Kentucky State Park...

Construction will close Henderson’s John James Audubon State Park campground during 2018 season

The campground at John James Audubon State Park will be closed during 2018 because of nearby construction work. (Photo from John James Audubon State Park) The dam that created Scenic Lake must be reinforced and the campground will be used as a staging area for construction equipment. The work, overseen by the state Division of Water, is being performed this spring on Scenic Lake Dam to bring it into...

My Old Kentucky Home marks 200th anniversary of Federal Hill with culinary tours, collection additions

My Old Kentucky Home State Park is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the construction of Federal Hill mansion with new tours and new displays at the popular Bardstown historic site. Federal Hill was built by the Rowan family in 1818 and became popular because of its connection to Stephen Foster’s famous song “My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!” Visitors can tour the home and learn about the...

Kentucky State parks announces appointment of new managers at four state park properties

Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland has announced the appointment of new managers at four Kentucky State Parks. The new managers are: Joe Mounce Joe Mounce is the new park manager at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin. Mounce, a native of Somerset, has a master’s degree in recreation and park administration from Eastern Kentucky University, where he also earned his undergraduate degree. Mounce...

Kentucky Dams Village offering guided bald eagle tours to groups throughout January and February

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park is offering guided eagle tours to groups who provide their own transportation this winter. The tours are in addition to the Eagle Watch Weekend the park is holding Jan. 26-28. These guided tours would be ideal for church, schools, youth and senior citizen organizations to see bald eagles in the Kentucky Lake-Lake Barkley area during January and February. The...

Online registration now open for Kentucky State Parks 13th annual Family Adventure Quest

The Kentucky State Parks Family Adventure Quest is ready for its lucky 13th year after record-breaking participation in 2017. The digital photo scavenger hunt for families or friends had 438 teams out snapping photos in parks while tracking down objects, buildings, and facts to fill up their challenge booklets. Registration for 2018 is now open online or registration cards for mail-in registration...

Kentucky State Parks plans New Year’s Eve celebrations with events at parks across state

The Kentucky State Parks will celebrate the start of 2018 with several New Year’s Eve parties and events planned at resort parks across the state. Dinner buffets, entertainment, dancing and theater are among the options at the parks on Dec. 31. Many parks are offering lodging packages that include entertainment and meals. For more details on New Year’s Eve events at Kentucky State Parks, visit...

Carter Caves State Resort Park to host ninth annual Winter Adventure Weekend January 25-28

Carter Caves State Resort Park will present a weekend of outdoor adventure with its ninth annual Winter Adventure Weekend Jan. 25-28, 2018. Guests will be able to enjoy hiking, paddling trips, recreational tree climbing, cave tours including wild cave trips, winter survival, rappelling, ice climbing a zip line and other adventures. A list of trips is available for beginners and advanced winter adventurers...

Winter schedule changes announced at three Kentucky State Resort Parks beginning in January

Three Kentucky state resort parks will temporarily close some operations this winter to allow renovations to be completed and to limit park expenses. There will no layoffs of full-time staff at any of the parks, Holland said. The restaurant at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park in Dawson Springs will be closed Jan. 3-24. New flooring and windows will be installed in the kitchen and dining room. This...

Kentucky State Parks historic homes plan full slate of events for Christmas and holiday celebrations

The Kentucky State Parks are open for the Christmas holidays with decorations, candlelight tours, special meals, entertainment and other unique events. My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown (From Kentucky State Parks) The historic homes, Waveland, White Hall, and My Old Kentucky Home, all have special Christmas tours planned. Resort parks are planning special meals and events for the children....

Kentucky State Parks offering discounts to current military, retirees and veterans through March 31

Current and former members of the nation’s armed services can receive lodging discounts at Kentucky State Parks with the “USA Military Discount” program now through Mar. 31. Those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists, are eligible for the program. “Kentucky State Parks are proud to offer this lodging discount to show...

Seventeen Kentucky State Resort Parks will serve Thanksgiving Day buffet November 23

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, 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 Day buffet for more than 40 years and typically serve around 10,000 guests. For starters,...

Kentucky State Parks Fly Fishing weekend set for Nov. 11-12 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park

Pine Mountain State Resort Park will host its Fly Fishing Weekend Nov. 11-12. Participants will learn to fly fish in the beautiful autumn mountains during this two-day workshop. It will include choosing equipment, fly selection, reading a stream, casting, and hooking and landing a fish. The weekend package includes a Saturday continental breakfast, classroom and casting instruction on Saturday, Saturday...

Levi Jackson State Park in London celebrates opening of new seven-mile mountain bike trail

Levi Jackson State Park in London has opened a new 7-mile mountain bike trail. Ribbon cutting ceremony at Levi Jackson State Park (Photo From Kentucky State Parks) Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland formally opened the Broken Spoke Mountain Bike Trail last week, noting the new attraction would help attract more tourists to the park. “Levi Jackson State Park is very fortunate to have the city of London...

Greenbo Lake State Park to receive improvements as part of state’s “Refreshing the Finest” campaign

A campground improvement project at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is underway and will limit reservations for dates in 2018. The equestrian sites and 20 primitive sites are being converted to full hookup RV sites. Another 25 sites are having electric power converted to 50 AMP service. This project was initiated due to the increasing popularity of Greenbo Lake’s campground and the requests of guests...