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Anybody want a bison? Big Bone Lick State Historic Site has three up for auction; deadline is Feb. 10

The Kentucky Department of Parks is auctioning three bison at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site. The cow, heifer and bull are being sold in one lot. The deadline for sealed bids is Feb. 10. This heifer is one of the three up for auction Bids should include your name, address and daytime telephone number. A $100 deposit is required with all bids (check or money order); deposit check returned to all...

Sandhill crane tours offered January 23-27 at Barren River Lake State Resort Park

Each year, thousands of sandhill cranes make Barren River Lake a stop on their journey back home. Join Barren River Lake State Resort Park during its Nature Watch Weekend Jan. 23-27 to get up close to these beautiful cranes as they migrate through the area.  Participants can register for one of two trips. The morning sunrise trip takes guests to the roosting site before sunrise to experience the beauty...

Big Bone Lick fish relocated by state Fish and Wildlife team, as leaking dam is evaluated

Helping save fish facing an uncertain future and improving a public fishing opportunity at the same time were all in day’s work for a team of fisheries biologists and technicians with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources this week. The department offered its assistance to the Kentucky Department of Parks after the recent discovery of a leaking dam at Big Bone Lick State Historic...

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site lowers lake level to reduce chance of dam failure after leak found

State officials are drawing down the water level of a small lake at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Boone County because of a leak in the dam. (Photo from Kentucky State Parks) The drawing down of water is intended to reduce the chance of a sudden failure of the dam at the 9.6-acre lake and provide an opportunity for the Department of Parks to access the damage. The dam is classified as a low-hazard...

Kentucky State Parks accepting bids for sale of three pair of bison from Big Bone Lick through Feb. 19

The Kentucky Department of Parks is accepting bids on six bison at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Union. The bison are being sold in three groups of two.  The department is accepting sealed bids on the three lots through noon, Feb. 19, 2018. For questions and plans to see the bison, contact Paul Simpson at the park in Boone County at 859-384-3522 or email paul.simpson@ky.gov Bids must include...

Discover Kentucky’s beautiful fall foliage through Tourism, Parks Departments ColorFall program

The Kentucky Department of Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks is launching the 32nd year of the state’s ColorFall program. The ColorFall website highlights peak foliage viewing areas and exciting autumn events across Kentucky. Kentuckians and visitors are also encouraged to use the hashtag, #kycolorfall to upload any fall photographs of the gorgeous scenery that can be found while traveling...

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...

Series of Kids Day Camps on Archaeology start June 23 at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site

A series of four Kids Day Camps on archaeology start June 23 at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site. The camps, also scheduled for June 30, July 7 and July 14, are open to kids ages 9-11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each of these four days. These exciting and educational summer day camps will provide children hands-on learning experiences about archaeology. The four camp sessions will provide interactive...

State Parks Department soliciting plans to develop camp grounds at Kentucky Dam Village

The Kentucky Department of State Parks is requesting information for the development of a new campground at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in western Kentucky. The department is seeking information from private developers to build and operate a campground on a 150-acre section of land known as Gobbler’s Knob. The information received may be used to develop a request for proposals for the...

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park receives grant to install 30 recycling bins around camp grounds

enny Wiley State Resort Park will receive 30 recycling bins for its campground thanks to a grant made possible by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful. The grant, obtained by the Friends of Jenny Wiley, is aimed at keeping parks across the country free of litter. The program has placed 3,400 recycling bins at parks in 38 states over the last four years. “We’re...

Derby Day Breakfast at historic Waveland includes special menu, tour of the mansion

Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington will host its annual Derby Day breakfast on May 6 with a special menu for guests. To get started, guests will enjoy pimento cheese wafers with country ham pate and a cheese and chive scone with country ham. To keep the Derby experience pure Kentucky, guests will be served a hot brown tart, cheese grits with a jumbo shrimp garnish and fresh fruit with honey...

Carter Caves State Resort Park offering five opportunities for Tygarts Creek paddle excursions

Carter Caves State Resort Park is offering paddling excursions on Tygarts Creek this spring. This 6-mile canoe or kayak trip will go down Tygarts Creek, cutting through Kentucky’s most scenic limestone gorge. The excursions will last about 3.5 hours. The park will provide canoes, paddles, life vest, shuttle ride from the Welcome Center and guides for your trip. The park does not have kayaks,...

Tour De Kingdom Come 36-mile cycling race to be staged at Kingdom Come State Park on May 20

Kingdom Come State Park will host the Tour De Kingdom Come cycling race on May 20. The 36-mile road race is part of the six-race Eastern Ky/Va Cycling Rally Circuit. Points will be awarded for top finishers for each event and winners will be recognized at the final event in October. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the park gift shop. The race starts at 10 a.m. Participants should register before...

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...

State Park Marina at Lake Malone condemned due to safety issues, remains open to public

Kentucky Department of Parks announced that, due to safety concerns, the state-owned marina at Lake Malone State Park has been closed. Deteriorating structures at the state’s marina include rotting boards underneath the main walk boards, disintegrated floating devices and dock board surfaces. “Unfortunately it is no longer safe for our guests to utilize this marina at Lake Malone,” Commissioner...

Winter Adventure Weekend set for Carter Caves; hiking series scheduled for Pennyrile Forest Park

Carter Caves State Resort Park will present a weekend of outdoor adventure with its eighth annual Winter Adventure Weekend Jan. 26-29, 2017. Guests will be able to enjoy hiking, paddling trips, recreational tree climbing, cave tours including wild cave trips, winter survival, rappelling, ice climbing a zip line and other adventures. A list of trips is available for beginners and advanced winter adventurers...

Popular Second Saturday Hikes program resumes at Lake Barkley State Resort Park on Jan. 14

Lake Barkley State Resort Park will kick off 2017 with the return of Second Saturday Hikes on Jan. 14. The focus of January’s hike will be winter adaptations. The hike will introduce participants to the various traits, characteristics, and behaviors that allow plants and animals to survive the winter season in western Kentucky. The hike starts at 10 a.m. (CST) and will depart from the lobby of...

Dinner theater production of Ghost of Windsor Manor presented at Carter Caves State Resort Park

Carter Caves State Resort Park will host a dinner theater entitled “The Ghost of Windsor Manor” Nov. 4-5, 2016. The performing group Murder and Merriment, who had their debut performance at Carter Caves this past Valentine’s Weekend, return to perform another interactive and entertaining murder mystery performance. “The Ghost of Windsor Manor” is about an eccentric spinster aunt who calls...

State Parks to offer discounts for current military, retirees, veterans beginning Nov. 1

The Kentucky State Parks will offer lodging discounts to current and former members of our nation’s armed services with the “USA Military Discount” program from Nov. 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017. The program is available to those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists. “The park system is proud to offer this discount to...

State website highlighting peak foliage viewing areas around Kentucky ready for fall

The 2016 edition of the ColorFall website highlights peak foliage viewing areas and exciting autumn events around Kentucky. The website runs Oct. 3-Nov. 11. Coordinated by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks, ColorFall is now in its 31st year. The website includes a state map divided into regions and blog posts which provide reports on stages of leaf...