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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,...

Most Kentucky State Parks pools and beaches on schedule to open for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional opening date for Kentucky State Park pools and beaches. Most pools and beaches will be opening. Lodge pools are reserved for lodge and cottage guests. Community pools at Greenbo Lake, Carter Caves, Levi Jackson, Blue Licks Battlefield, Cumberland Falls, E.P. “Tom” Sawyer, Kincaid Lake, Natural Bridge and Fort Boonesborough state parks charge a fee and are...

Six Kentucky State Parks recognized with Kentucky Living magazine’s ‘Best in Kentucky’ Awards

Six Kentucky State Parks were recognized with Kentucky Living magazine’s “Best in Kentucky” Awards that were announced Thursday at the 2018 Kentucky State Fair: Cumberland Falls, Natural Bridge, My Old Kentucky Home, Fort Boonesborough, Green River Lake, and John James Audubon. “We’re honored to be included among the excellent tourist destinations across Kentucky,” said Parks Commissioner...

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...

Appalachian stories and tales featured during Cumberland Falls Storytelling Festival March 17-18

An entire weekend in March will be dedicated to Appalachian stories and tales during the Cumberland Falls Storytelling Festival March 17-18. The weekend kicks off Friday evening at 8 p.m. with a ghost story session. On Saturday, storytellers will take the stage throughout the day. The weekend will close with a Saturday evening concert at 8 p.m. Suzi Whaples (Facebook Photo) Participants will also have...

Kentucky Hills, Woods and Waters Weekend set for Jan. 20-22 at Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park will host the Kentucky Hills, Woods and Waters Weekend Jan. 20-22. This weekend will give guests a chance to explore Kentucky’s rich cultural and natural history by attending free activities and workshops. Participants will be able to choose from a wide variety of activities including guided hikes, kayaking, fishing, wildlife watching, and wildlife habitat restoration. On...

Energy and Environment Cabinet announces winner of annual ‘Capture the Earth’ photography contest

Drakes Creek Middle School seventh-grader Leslie Hale, 13, is the winner of the sixth-annual “Capture the Earth” photography contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in celebration of Earth Day. Hale photographed a rainbow over Cumberland Falls using a Nikon Coolpix camera. “I like how this image captures the beauty of Cumberland Falls through the waterfall and rainbow...

See KY: Just as Daniel Boone did, adventurers flock to state’s eastern highlands south region

Cumberland Falls is just one of the highlights found in Daniel Boone’s former stomping grounds in Kentucky’s Eastern Highlands South region (Stateparks.com Photo)   Mountains, forests, ancient stone arches, raw beauty.   This is exactly the place one would expect to find pioneer and coal-mining history alongside outdoor adventures like whitewater rafting, rock climbing, zip lining, hiking,...