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Kentucky State Parks offering discounted rates to current military, veterans and retirees through March

Current and former members of the nation’s armed forces can receive lodging discounts at Kentucky State Parks with the USA Military Discount program through March 31. Those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists, are eligible for the program. The lodge at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville (Photo from KSP) With the...

Carter Caves State Resort Park raises $8,000 for school backpack program to help feed hungry children

Carter Caves State Resort Park has raised $8,000 to support a backpack program in Carter County schools that helps feed hungry children. The park accepted cash and food donations during its recent Halloween Haunted Trail. Besides the money, about 700 food items were donated. Carter Caves Park Manager Chris Perry (left) stands with Vicki and Doug Boster, who donated food to the park’s food drive.The...

Sixth annual Waveland Art Fair to be held Sept. 7-8 at Waveland State; will feature outstanding artists

The sixth annual Waveland Art Fair will be held Sept. 7-8 at Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington, and it will feature several outstanding artists. Guests can browse and shop with Kentucky artist artwork both days, then take a walk through the historic home, where costumed staff will greet them. Guests can also enjoy lunch from Forage or Rise Up Pizza food trucks and special Kentucky fare from...

Archaeology Day features family activities at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site on Sept. 21

Family-friendly activities that include crafts, music and games will be part of Archaeology Day at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site on Sept. 21. The day — part of Kentucky Archaeology Month — will feature demonstrations and hands-on educational activities about archaeology for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include a mock excavation for kids, artifact laboratory station,...

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,...

10th annual Greenup County Music Festival set for July 13 at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park

The 10th annual Greenup County Music Festival will be held July 13 at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park. The free festival starts at 5 p.m. with music by Roger Smith of Argillite. The remaining lineup features: • Emmy Davis at 6:15 p.m. • Bonnie, Shannon & Friends at 7:15 p.m. • Josh Brown & the Hard Livin’ Legends at 8:15 p.m. • Sean Whiting at 9:15 p.m. The amphitheater at Greenbo...

‘Writers in the Park’ is Saturday at Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site in Tompkinsville

More than a dozen authors are scheduled to speak and sign their books at the Writers in the Park at Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site Saturday. Old Mulkey Meetinghouse Writers in the Park will be held 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the park in Tompkinsville. The event includes authors from throughout Kentucky and other parts of the country, representing a variety of genres. Two Monroe County authors...

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...

Perryville’s Joni House honored by American Battlefield Trust for preservation work at historic site

Joni House, the manager of Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, was honored for her preservation work by the American Battlefield Trust during its annual conference in Lexington. The Kentucky State Parks were also recognized with a State Preservation Leadership Award from the trust. Joni House received the Shelby Foote Preservation Legacy Award for her work at Perryville Battlefield State Historic...

Second year of Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail featuring regional cuisine open through Oct. 31

For the second year, guests can sample some tasty regional fare at nine Kentucky State Parks on the 2019 Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail. This highly successful trail is part of the Better in the Bluegrass culinary tourism initiative that showcases one-of-a-kind restaurants and chefs specializing in local ingredients and distinctive cuisine. Better in the Bluegrass was highlighted by the last...

Unbridled Adventure Race Series begins June 29 at Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park will host the Unbridled Adventure Race Series kickoff event on June 29. The starting point of the paddling portion of an adventure race. Adventure races are multi-disciplinary events including some form of mountain biking, trekking/running and paddling. The races involve navigation over unmarked wilderness courses, so good navigation with a topographical map and...

Fly Fishing Weekends offered by Kentucky State Parks at six locations May through November

Kentucky State Parks are offering a series of Fly Fishing Weekends at six parks starting in May and running through November of this year. The weekends include one day of classroom work and a second day of fishing on a stream. Bill Carman, a hunting and fishing guide with more than 50 years of experience, will serve as the instructor. Participants will learn how to choose equipment, select a fly, read...

Kentucky State Parks announces discounted ‘Kentucky Resident Rate’ at 17 resort properties

Kentucky State Parks have a new lodging rate that gives a break to Kentucky residents. The lodge at Pine Mountain State Resort Park (photo by Melissa Ansiel) The “Kentucky Resident Rate” offers up to 10 percent off the normal lodging rate at the park system’s 17 resort parks. Guests must show a Kentucky driver’s license or some other identification that shows they are a Kentucky resident. Reservations...

Pine Mountain State Resort Park’s Donnie Caldwell honored as Kentucky PGA Professional of the Year

Donnie Caldwell, the PGA professional at Pine Mountain State Resort Park, has been recognized as the golf professional of the year by the Kentucky Section of the PGA. Caldwell has worked at the park for 18 years and became a PGA professional in 2005. He was honored March 4 at the state PGA’s awards presentation in Lexington. Donnie Caldwell“The Kentucky State Parks are very proud of Donnie’s...

Kentucky State Parks to hear public comment Feb. 27 on grant for Carter Caves campground upgrades

The Kentucky State Parks will hold a public hearing Feb. 27 for a grant to help make campground improvements at Carter Caves State Resort Park. The campground at Carter Caves State Resort Park (Photo from KSP) The hearing will be at 6 p.m. EST at Carter Caves State Resort Park, 344 Caveland Drive, Olive Hill, as part of the Kentucky Department of Parks Land and Water Conservation Fund grant process. The...

Public hearing scheduled for Feb. 25 on grants for Blue Licks Battlefield Campground upgrades

The Kentucky State Parks will hold a public hearing Feb. 25 for a grant to help make campground improvements at Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park. Blue Licks Battlefield campground (Photo from KSP) The hearing will be at 6 p.m. at Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, 10299 Maysville Road, Carlisle, as part of the Kentucky Department of Parks Land and Water Conservation Fund grant process. The...

Women’s Adventure Weekend set for Feb. 8-10 at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park

If you’re interested in learning about hiking, paddling, mountain biking and more outdoor adventure, consider signing up for the Women’s Adventure Weekend Feb. 8-10 at Greenbo Lake State Park. The weekend will include sessions on night navigation, trail food, appropriate clothing and gear, paddling, mountain biking and more. The adventure film “Blood Road” will also be screened on Saturday...

Get your New Years Eve party on — at one of Kentucky’s state resort parks; here are your options

Delicious meals, live music and dancing are a great combination for ringing in the new year and many state resort parks across Kentucky are offering New Year’s Eve packages that include all that in addition to an overnight stay. Eleven state resort parks are hosting New Year’s Eve parties on Dec. 31, 2018. All are promoting overnight packages and most feature a combination of dinner, live music,...

Kentucky State Parks announces January and February dates for Eagle Watch Weekends

A unique tradition for more than 40 years, Kentucky State Parks announced dates for its 2019 Eagle Watch Weekends, a chance to observe bald eagles as they gather around the major lakes of western Kentucky looking for food. Bald Eagle (Photo from KSP) This unique wildlife-watching opportunity is offered as a tour by water in January and February of 2019 at three Kentucky state resort parks. Led by state...

Annual battle re-enactment of ‘1778 Siege of Boonesborough’ set for this weekend

Fort Boonesborough State Park will host its annual “1778 Siege of Boonesborough” weekend this Saturday and Sunday. Events will include a battle re-enactment on both days at 2 p.m. There will also be a “night battle” at dusk on Saturday. A scene from the 1778 Siege of Boonesborough. The event commemorates the September 1778 attack on the fort by Native Americans and French Canadians during the...