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 

Human Resources

LaDonna Miller
Marketing & Sales

David Thacker
Assistant Director
Resort Parks

Kevin Main
Golf/Guest Services

Michael Vito
Resort Parks

Christy Combs
Assistant Director
Rec. Parks & Historical Sites

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.
Adobe PDF Document

Download here.

Mailing Address

Kentucky Department of Parks
2 Hudson Hollow
Unit #1
Frankfort, KY 40601

Drone and Commercial Photography Forms

Below are permit applications for using a drone at a Kentucky State Park and for commercial photography. Completed forms should go to the park manager. (Please note: Some Kentucky State Parks are on property controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. At this time, the corps also must approve drone use and that process is separate from the state park permit process. Please plan in advance.) 

Commercial Photography: CLICK HERE
Drone Application: CLICK HERE

Latest News

Other demonstrations of Chickasaw life will be offered
Other Parks Planning St. Patrick's Day Events
Menu Features Country Ham, Beef Carved on the Line and More
New Culinary Tours and Additions to Collection
Includes Cumberland Falls, Jefferson Davis, Taylorsville Lake and Perryville Battlefield parks
Packages include overnight stays, meals and entertainment
Ideal For Church, Youth, Senior Citizen Groups
First Day Hikes Also Set For Jan. 1
Trips Available In January, February
Changes For Pennyrile Forest, Buckhorn Lake and Kenlake
Van tours offer views of Sandhill cranes during migration
Decorations, home tours, special meals and more
Entry fee is $100 for 2-person teams
"Refreshing the Finest" continues enhancing Kentucky State Parks
Battle re-enactments, living history and museum tours
Battle re-enactments, living history, tours planned
Campgrounds plan special activities at many parks
Pioneer demonstrations, crafts, entertainment, food
Tours offered throughout the fall and winter
Includes residents of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina
Fairways recently renovated with Bermuda grass
Honors old-time music and eastern Kentucky traditions
Raising Public Awareness About Danger of Electric Shock Drowning
Artists, food, children's activities
Barren River Lake Joins Several Parks With Waystations
Crafts, artwork, jewelry and more
26th annual events features living history
Fireworks, Entertainment, Recreation
Lodge Rooms, Restaurant Now Open
Located at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Handcrafted items, demonstrations, food available
Roast beef, pork, chicken and dumplings on menu
Friends group obtains recycling grant for park
During Week of April 24
Tour Of Mansion Included
"The Race Is On" Runs Through May 31
Trips Set For April 22, 23, May 3, 7, 13
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
Volunteers Needed To Work at Park
Volunteers Needed To Clean Up, Plant Flowers