Kentucky Tourism


Kentucky State Parks Management

Donnie Holland

Assistant to the Commissioner
Deborah Cobb

Information Officer
Gil Lawson

Deputy Commissioner/Operations
John Kington

Deputy Commissioner/Administration
Rob Richards

Department Directors

Thomas Brown
Food Services 

Laurie Spalding
Human Resources

LaDonna Miller
Marketing & Sales

David Thacker
Assistant Director
Resort Parks

Kevin Main
Assistant Director

Patrick Gregory
Resort Parks

Christy Combs
Assistant Director
Rec. Parks & Historical Sites

Gina Winchester
Customer Service

Diane Bonfert
Interpretation & Programs 

Ron Vanover
Rec. Parks & Historical Sites

Col. Dallas Luttrell

Andrew Kasitz
Assistant Director
Resort Parks

Strategic Plan

KY State Parks Financial and Operations Strategic Plan.
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Mailing Address

Kentucky Department of Parks
500 Mero Street-10th floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601

Latest News

At Carter Caves, Kincaid Lake and General Butler
Program about mining history is free
Has background in hotel management
Free Show is Jan. 22 in Louisville
4-Week Series Features Kentucky Historical Figures
Starts Jan. 1, 2017; Then on First Saturdays Each Month
Dances, parties, meals and more planned
Tours, meals and entertainment planned
Warm Weather Keeps Some Campgrounds Open In November
16 Parks Serving on Thanksgiving Day
Performed by Murder and Merriment
Chili Supper and Haunted Night Cache Included
Awarded By Kentucky State Parks Foundation
Features Eastern Kentucky University Theatre Department
Resort Parks Will Be Open Seven Days A Week
Guests Will Notice Effort at Oct. 8-9 Battle Re-enactment
Thousands of re-enactors expected for national event
Jenny Wiley, Buckhorn Lake tours start in September
September 23-24 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park
Featuring hands-on activities for children
Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin' Sept. 7-10
Projects Planned at Lake Cumberland, Dale Hollow, Barren River and Rough River
Features 1782 Revolutionary War battle
Power Restored To Lodge, Restaurant
Exhibit: Kentucky Unseen: Roadside Views of the Bluegrass
Fireworks, picnics, entertainment
Co-hosted by Deer Valley Inter-Tribal Learning Circle
First of Three Races This Year at State Parks
Kentucky State Park Foundation’s ‘Inside Out Education’ Initiative
Tourism Secretary Parkinson Grateful For Gov. Bevin's Support
Meet at 9 a.m. at visitor center
Budget approved by Gov. Matt Bevin provides much needed funding
General Burnside Island Enters Hall of Fame for Golf
Benefit for Preservation Kentucky, Park Foundation
Volunteers Needed To Work at Park
Two Breakfast Options Available
Volunteers Needed To Clean Up, Plant Flowers
Pine Mountain, Lake Cumberland and Natural Bridge Hosting Meals
Series Includes Five Hikes
Camper Appreciation Weekend Is April 29-May 1
Make plans to hear some good stories at the Cumberland Falls Storytelling Festival
Egg Hunts, Art and More Planned for March 26-27
Free show includes vendors from across the country
This event is co-sponsored by Heart to Heart Publishing, Inc.
Dinners Planned at Kentucky Dam, Jenny Wiley, Rough River and Natural Bridge
A special one-night lodging rate of $44.95 is available for participants
Participants will paint a 16x20 inch landscape oil painting using the wet on wet method.
Learn park history and search for the perfect photo op as you explore Kentucky State Parks at your own pace throughout 2016!
Lodge rooms will be available for $49.95 a night at the 16 resort parks
Many parks are offering events and packages in February to help celebrate Valentine’s Day.
4-Week Series Features Kentucky Historical Figures
The Kentucky State Parks are offering a unique field trip experience for students interested in wildlife and the environment.
Nature Watch Weekends Jan. 29-30 and Feb. 5-6
Pine Mountain State Resort Park is offering some cold-weather outdoor adventure with Winter Photography Weekend set for Jan. 15-17
Lace up those hiking shoes and get ready! Pine Mountain State Resort Park is offering a “Hike-A-Thon” during 2016
Carter Caves State Resort Park will present a weekend of outdoor adventure with its seventh annual Winter Adventure Weekend Jan. 28-31