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...

Fun and educational events planned by Kentucky State Parks in preparation for Aug. 21 solar eclipse

Kentucky State Parks will be participating in the Aug. 21 Great American Solar Eclipse with fun and educational events during July and August. Some parks have astronomy experts scheduled to give talks about the eclipse. Kenlake State Resort Park will kick off the events July 28 with “The Star Geezer” Mark Steven Williams. Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park will host University of Louisville...

Kentucky State Parks the place to be for Fourth of July Weekend fireworks and entertainment

Let the Kentucky State Parks help you celebrate the 4th of July weekend this year. Several state parks are planning special events that include fireworks displays, picnics, entertainment and more. These parks are planning fireworks shows: Kenlake, Kentucky Dam Village, My Old Kentucky Home, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, Barren River Lake and Rough River Dam. There will also be special events at campgrounds...

Commentary: Remember Kentucky State Parks as you kick off your summer travel season

By Donnie Holland Special to KyForward Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kickoff for the summer travel season at Kentucky State Parks. Summer travel is good for our parks and good for Kentucky. The money spent by tourists at state parks help communities across the state. The economic impact of Kentucky State Parks is nearly $900 million. Kentucky State Parks have always been special to me. I spent...

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park will feature Arts and Crafts Show this weekend

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park will hold its Arts and Crafts Show May 27-28 — from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The Memorial Day weekend show will feature handcrafted artwork, artist demonstrations, face painting and food concessions. The show will be at the park’s Old Beach area overlooking Kentucky Lake. Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, campground, restaurant,...

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...

Ten Kentucky State Park courses offering ‘Get Golf Ready’ Day, free lessons, on May 13

Ten Kentucky State Park golf courses will be participating in the free “Get Golf Ready” day on May 13. Participating courses will offer guests a free 10-minute golf lesson, hold a putting clinic and provide tours of the facility. The idea is to introduce the game of golf to people who may have never played before. Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park golf course The following state parks with 18-hole...