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Natural Bridge State Park to get $1.3 million facelift as part of Kentucky’s ‘Restoring the Finest’ initiative

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today One of Kentucky’s most popular state parks is getting a $1.3 million facelift, as part of the “Restoring the Finest” initiative for the parks system. According to the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, Natural Bridge State Resort Park in Slade will receive a new lodge roof, wastewater treatment plant upgrades, and renovations for most of its lodge rooms. Natural...

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...

Kentucky State Parks getting $50 million more in improvements to ‘guest experiences’

Announcing $50 million in infrastructure projects to bolster and make improvements to Kentucky State Parks, Gov. Matt Bevin has ceremonially signed House Bill 268, a measure that made the parks funding possible. The $50 million for parks was included in a bond issue approved earlier this year by Gov. Bevin and the 2019 General Assembly. The money will address the most critical needs within the parks...

Officials announce the replacement of vehicular access bridge at Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Officials announced this week an important bridge for motorists will be replaced at Natural Bridge State Resort Park. The project — a joint effort between the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet — will allow for safer and more direct access to the park’s cottages, Woodland Center, swimming pool and Hoedown Island, a public area used for square dancing and...

Natural Bridge Artisan Festival August 18-20 features handmade Appalachian art, Jewelry and crafts

The 2017 Natural Bridge Artisan Festival is set for Aug. 18-20 at beautiful Natural Bridge State Resort Park in Slade. There will be handmade jewelry, wood and metal crafts, local Appalachian paintings and photography for sale. Booths open at 11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and close at 6 p.m. On Sunday, the booths are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be music on Saturday and Sunday as well as...

State officials announce $3.13 million in new renovations for five resort parks

Five Kentucky State Park resorts will receive an estimated $3.13 million in safety and aesthetic improvements over the next two years, officials announced Tuesday. The funding comes from $18 million approved this year by Gov. Matt Bevin and the General Assembly. The improvements include structural repairs, painting and interior and exterior upgrades. The work for the “Refreshing the Finest” campaign...

Three special wild game dinners planned at Kentucky State Parks during month of April

Kentucky State Parks have three special wild game meals scheduled in April that will whet your appetite. Pine Mountain State Resort Park will hold its Frontier Night Buffet on Saturday, April 9. The menu features a delicious selection of unique foods from 5-8 p.m. Entrees include baron of elk roast carved on the line, chicken and dumplings, fried catfish, buffalo meatloaf, elk stew and frog legs....

Jim Harrison’s hands – mangled by 30 years worth of snake bites – tell one-of-a-kind story

Kentucky Reptile Zoo director Jim Harrison doesn’t much like to talk about his hands because he says they call attention to “mistakes” he’s made while extracting snake venom. (Photo by Jane Auge)   By Roger Auge II KyForward correspondent   What remains of the normal lengths of the 10 fingers on Jim Harrison’s hands tells a chapter of his one-of-a-kind life’s story.   “Except...