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...

Garden Club of Kentucky to dedicate Monarch Butterfly waystations at William Whitley, Carter Caves

The Garden Club of Kentucky will dedicate two more Monarch butterfly waystations at the William Whitley House State Historic Site and Carter Caves State Resort Park in September. The William Whitley House ceremony is Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. and the Carter Caves event is Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. Members of the Garden Club of Kentucky have worked with state parks and other groups to design and install Monarch...

Nine schools awarded ‘Inside Out Education’ grants from Kentucky State Parks Foundation

Students from nine more Kentucky schools are taking field trips to a Kentucky State Park this fall thanks to a transportation grant from the Kentucky State Parks Foundation. The KSPF’s “Inside Out Education” initiative allows schools to seek the grants that enable students to learn about the environment, history or culture at a Kentucky State Park. The recent round of grants brings...

Kentucky State Parks celebrating Halloween with series of events 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 Halloween events during October. A list of events is available at the Kentucky State Parks...

Kentucky State Parks expand, extend discount offer for evacuees displaced by Hurricane Irma

Kentucky State Parks are offering a lodging discount to residents looking for a place to stay to avoid Hurricane Irma. Guests from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina or any other state where evacuations are ordered can receive 25 percent off the regular rate for lodge rooms and cottages through Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. The Kentucky State Parks have 17 resort parks that feature lodges, restaurants and...

Florida residents offered discount at Kentucky State Parks as they avoid Hurricane Irma

Kentucky State Parks are offering a lodging discount to Florida residents looking for a place to stay to avoid Hurricane Irma. Guests with a Florida driver’s license can receive a 25 percent off the regular rate for lodge rooms and cottages through Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. The Kentucky State Parks have 17 resort parks that feature lodges, restaurants and recreational activities. Most resort also...

Garden Club of Kentucky to dedicate new Monarch butterfly waystation at Barren River State Park

The Garden Club of Kentucky will dedicate the latest of a series of Monarch butterfly waystations at Barren River Lake State Resort Park on Monday, Aug. 14. The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. just below the lodge patio and pool. Members of the Garden Club of Kentucky and the Glasgow Garden Club began working with park staff in 2013 to design and install a Monarch waystation at Barren River Lake State...

Governor’s office placing rocks with anti-drug messages around Kentucky’s state parks

Gov. Matt Bevin’s office says it is putting painted rocks around the state to raise awareness about Kentucky’s opioid epidemic and the governor’s “Don’t Let Them Die” initiative to fight it. “Rocks for this campaign will initially be hidden in the Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville areas but the governor’s office hopes to have rocks placed in all 120 Kentucky counties...

Coupons for historic sites, campgrounds available at Kentucky State Parks booth at state fair

The Kentucky State Parks will have a booth during the Kentucky State Fair Aug. 17-27, where visitors can pick up coupons for historic sites and camping. Visitors can also sign up for drawings for state park giveaways at the booth, located in the Pride of the Counties area in the South Wing. The Kentucky State Parks at the Kentucky State Fair. (Photo Provided) Park representatives will assist guests...

Natural Bridge Artisan Festival August 18-20 features handmade Appalachian art, Jewelry and crafts

The 2017 Natural Bridge Artisan Festival is set for Aug. 18-20 at beautiful Natural Bridge State Resort Park in Slade. There will be handmade jewelry, wood and metal crafts, local Appalachian paintings and photography for sale. Booths open at 11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and close at 6 p.m. On Sunday, the booths are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be music on Saturday and Sunday as well as...