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New park managers named at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Mineral Mound State Park

New park managers have been named at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park and Mineral Mound State Park, Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland announced Tuesday. Chris FugateChris Fugate has been promoted to the park manager position at Buckhorn Lake. Fugate, a state park veteran of more than 20 years, began at Pine Mountain State Resort Park as a cook and transitioned to the position of a chef at Buckhorn Lake...

A tasty meal for Mom — Kentucky State Parks offering Mother’s Day buffet on May 13

Treat mom to a tasty meal this Mother’s Day at a Kentucky State Park near you. Kentucky State Parks will be offering a Mother’s Day buffet on May 13 at nearly all 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. Kentucky State Parks will be offering a Mother’s...

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...

Two eastern Kentucky state resort parks offering unique elk viewing tours this fall and winter

Two state parks in eastern Kentucky will offer guests unique elk viewing tours this fall and winter. Participants are encouraged to bring cameras. The largest elk herds are located on privately owned lands that are normally closed to the public. This is one of the few opportunities available for the public to see the greatest number of elk. The return of elk to the region is considered to be one of...

State parks observe National Public Lands Day with volunteer cleanup all over Kentucky

Kentucky State Parks will be participating in National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27, a day set aside to recognize the importance of parks and encourage volunteer work.   National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Last year, some 180,000 volunteers worked in every state. The purpose of this day is to keep the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps...