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...

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...

Latest renovations and upgrades of state parks already showing results, commissioner says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky State Parks are getting some needed upgrades, but there’s more to be done, said Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland. The parks system received $18 million over the past two years from the state budget on the “Refreshing the Finest” project. Holland said that was a badly needed boost. “That has helped the parks system as much as anything...

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...

Kentucky State Resort Parks offering Valentine’s Day specials, events across the Commonwealth

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at a Kentucky State Park this year with your special someone. Many parks are offering events and packages in February to help celebrate Valentine’s Day. Many of the special events at state parks are scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 10-12. Some of the highlights include: a dinner and dance at Kenlake State Resort Park and General Butler State Resort Park, a cruise at...

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...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Three state resort parks offer great fall fishing opportunities

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The dramatically cooler nights of the last few weeks are a blessing for anglers. These longer, colder nights pull the residual heat from the water, signaling to game fish that it is time to fatten up on the fall harvest of baitfish born earlier in the year. The picturesque panorama of the changing leaves rings many of our reservoirs in fall. The fishing sometimes...

Lodges, cottages at all 16 Kentucky State Resort Parks will be open seven days a week for winter

Kentucky State Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland announced that 16 Kentucky State Park resorts will remain open for lodging seven days a week this winter. During previous winters, some resort parks were open four days a week. Holland said all functioning resort parks would be open for lodging to encourage more use and visitation. “We want to encourage Kentuckians and our guests from out of state...

State officials announce $3.13 million in new renovations for five resort parks

Five Kentucky State Park resorts will receive an estimated $3.13 million in safety and aesthetic improvements over the next two years, officials announced Tuesday. The funding comes from $18 million approved this year by Gov. Matt Bevin and the General Assembly. The improvements include structural repairs, painting and interior and exterior upgrades. The work for the “Refreshing the Finest” campaign...

Pine Mountain State Resort Park offers Winter Photo Weekend of outdoor adventure photography in Jan.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park is offering some cold-weather outdoor adventure with Winter Photography Weekend set for Jan. 15-17, 2016. A scene from last winter at Pine Mountain State Resort Park (Photo provided) This event features digital photography sessions and competitions with divisions for amateur, intermediate and accomplished photographers. There will be a session for beginners and critiques...