Kentucky Tourism


After spending the day hiking, fishing or exploring, there’s no better way to take a break than to enjoy a good meal of fried chicken, bison or traditional wild game. The Kentucky State Parks typically offer several opportunities like that during the winter months. Each KY state park restaurant offers a diverse selection of cuisine, with American and ethnic influences.

With 17 state resort parks with restaurants, the Kentucky State Parks offer a wide variety of good food across the state, including many Kentucky Proud items. You can even enjoy craft bourbon whiskey from local distilleries.

A number of state park restaurants plan special meals with select menus, making them dining destinations rivaling the top eateries in Louisville or Lexington. The special meals for 2016 are posted below.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park
Frontier Night Buffet
April 9

Join us for a true culinary experience on Saturday, April 9th, 2016. Pine Mountain State Resort Park will be hosting their Frontier Night Buffet, featuring a delicious selection of unique foods on the line. Come fill your bellies and join us for the fun 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.! The cost per person for the buffet is $27.00(+tax). This price does not include gratuity or a drink. 
Menu: Entrees
           Baron of Elk Roast - Carved on the line, Chicken & Dumplings, Fried Catfish, Buffalo Meatloaf, Elk Stew, Frog Legs
  Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn Pudding, Mac & Cheese, Fried Cabbage, Mexican Cornbread, Cole Slaw, Cornbread Salad, Salad w/ Dressings
            Buffalo Chili, Pinto Beans
    Chocolate Layer Punch Bowl Cake, Molasses Cookies, Bread Pudding, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Sugar Cream Pie, Blackberry Cobbler

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
Frontier Night
April 9
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in Jamestown will hold a Frontier Night Buffet on April 9 from 5-8 p.m. Central time. The menu will include buffalo chili, alligator and sausage gumbo, carved buffalo, braised venison brisket, fried quail with cheese grits, Cajun fried alligator, roast of sage and garlic duck, chunky mashed new potatoes, chuck wagon green beans, trail corn and cream peas with mushrooms.  Desserts include homemade banana pudding, peach cobbler, apple cobbler and assorted cakes and pies.  The price for adults is $20.95; children ages 6-12 are $10.95 and children age 5 and under are free. The price includes a drink, but not tax. Call Lake Cumberland State Resort Park at 270-343-3111 for more information.  

Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Wild Game Night Buffet
April 16, 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Take a walk on the wild side! Join us at Lake Barkley State Resort Park for the Wild Game Night Buffet on April 16, 2016. The buffet will feature frog legs, barbecued buffalo brisket, buffalo chili, carved steamship of buffalo, and duck and dumplings. The buffet is $24.99 for adults and $12.99 for children (ages 6-12). The park is accepting reservations for the first seating at 5:00 PM and the second seating at 7:00 PM. Call Lake Barkley State Resort Park at 270-924-1131 for more information.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Appalachian Heritage Wild Game Feast on 
April 23

The wild game buffet will include roasted top round of bison carved to order, Ale-8 One country ham, tender barbecue buffalo ribs, buffalo meatloaf and buffalo burgers, venison and rabbit burgoo, snapping turtle soup, and all the fixings. There will also be a dessert bar including baked Alaska. There will be a free Bluegrass concert by Mike Creech and Southern Blend between 5-7 p.m. in the Hemlock Lodge lobby. The buffet is $21.95 for adults, $8.95 for children ages 6-12 and children under 6 eat free.