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Seven Kentucky State Parks recognized in ‘Best in Kentucky’ awards from Kentucky Living magazine


Seven Kentucky State Parks were recognized in Kentucky Living magazine’s “Best in Kentucky” awards, which were announced Thursday at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair.

The seven parks honored were My Old Kentucky Home, Cumberland Falls, John James Audubon, Green River Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Natural Bridge and Barren River Lake.

Kentucky State Park employees (from left) Richard Blanton, Wes Lanham, Christy Combs and Jeremy Riggs show the “Best in Kentucky” awards at the Kentucky State Fair.

“We’re proud of all of our Kentucky State Parks and the people who work there,” Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland said. “We appreciate being recognized by our guests.”

My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown received first place in the historic site category. The centerpiece of the park is Federal Hill, a mansion completed in 1818 by the Rowan family. Tours of the home and special events are offered throughout the year. The park also has a golf course and campground.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin received two 2nd place awards for long weekend getaway and day trip. Cumberland Falls is the home of a beautiful waterfall, 125-feet wide and 65-feet high, that also produces a “moonbow” during a full moon. The park has a lodge, cottages, restaurant, campground, hiking trails and many other recreational activities.

Other Kentucky State Parks recognized were:

• John James Audubon State Park in Henderson received second place for museum.

• Green River Lake State Park near Campbellsville received seconnd place for camping spot.

• Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park near Burkesville received third place for golf course and for houseboating lake.

• Natural Bridge State Resort Park at Slade got third place for place for adventure.

• Barren River Lake State Resort Park at Lucas received a third-place award for public hunting/fishing area.

For more information about these and other Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov.

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