Kentucky State Parks are gearing up for 2015 with several New Year’s Eve parties and events planned at resort parks across the state.
A dinner buffet, entertainment, dancing and theater are among the options Dec. 31 at the parks. Many parks are offering lodging packages that include entertainment and meals. A few parks are offering Jan. 1 “First Day” Hikes.
Here is a listing of parks hosting New Year’s Eve events December 31, or other events near that date.
Barren River Lake State Resort Park
New Year’s Eve Party and Dance
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Barren River Lake State Resort Park. Dance the night away as you ring in 2015 with a variety of your favorite music provided by DJ Scooter Davis. The dance will be held from 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Appetizers, refreshments and party favors provided. Watch the ball drop on the big screen and we’ll celebrate with two balloon drops, one for eastern time zone and one for central time zone. The park offers a lodging package of $169.95 that includes one night in lodge room, prime rib dinner buffet, breakfast, and dance for two. Or pick the cottage package for $289.95 that includes one night’s lodging in a cottage, dinner, breakfast, and dance tickets for two. Dinner and dance only is $85 per couple; dance only is $25 per person. Tax, tip, and resort fee not included. Call 270-646-2151.
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
Comedy in the Parks
Blue Licks brings you this year’s “Comedy in the Parks!” event for New Year’s Eve. Enjoy an evening of dining and comedy entertainment. After the performance, stick around for music from everyone's favorite duo, the “Piano Doctor” Dave Stahl and saxophonist Freddie Helm. The park will also have a large projection TV showing you what’s going on around the country when the clock strikes midnight. This year’s entertainment will feature comedian Joe Deuce. Special guest Kyle Kincaid will be opening the evening entertainment. Dinner and show tickets are $37.04 per person. A package for two is $126.08 and includes dinner, show and lodge room for one night. For reservations and information, call 859-289-5507.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
New Year’s Eve Dinner
Enjoy a peaceful setting while sitting around the fire in the lobby, or participate with the park programmer leading memorable family activities on Dec. 31. The park is offering a special lodge room rate of $44.95 plus tax per night or cottage rate of $74.95 plus tax beginning the evening of Dec. 31. Get the same rate for consecutive nights after Dec. 31. There will be a special plated dinner New Year’s Eve, 5-8 p.m. It will include a selected appetizer for two with a choice of ribeye steak, side, salad and selected dessert for $20 or seafood platter, side, salad and selected dessert for $14. Both specials include drinks, but not tax or gratuity.
First Day Hike at Buckhorn Lake - Jan. 1
Awake to the New Year amidst mountain tranquility. The First Day walk starts at 10 a.m. All activities are open to the public. Call 606-398-7510 or 1-800-325-0058 for more information.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
New Years’ Eve Getaway
Bring your special someone to Cumberland Falls State Resort Park for a night of entertainment and relaxation. Wednesday evening is the annual New Year’s Eve Bash from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. A variety of dance music will be played by local DJ Jeff Petrey, of Radio Active Sounds. The park is offering a package for $164.95 plus tax for two that includes Wednesday night lodge room, dinner and dance, and New Year’s Day breakfast. Call 606-528-4121.
First Day Hike at Cumberland Falls - Jan. 1
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park will offer its First Day Hike on Jan. 1. Join your guide for a 5-mile hike along the upper Cumberland River on the Sheltowee Trace. This hike is moderate in difficulty. Meet at the visitor center near Cumberland Falls at 9 a.m.
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park
New Year’s Celebration
Dance to music from the ’60s through today by Klassyc Tymes. The park is offering a package for $189.78 that includes the dance, lodge room for one night, dinner and breakfast. A dinner and dance package is also available. Call 800-325-2282 for reservations.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
First Day Hike and Bike
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park will host two outdoor opportunities on Jan. 1, 2015. The first, a hike along Sassafras Trail, will start at 10 a.m. This will be a moderate, three-fourths of a mile guided hike. Learn about identifying trees, birds and local history. Must be at least 8 years old and children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. The second event is a mountain bike trip along the Mountain Bike Trail starting at 1 p.m. This trip is considered strenuous and participants must be at least 10 years old. Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Call 606-889-1790 for information.
Kenlake State Resort Park
Kenlake Kount Down to 2015
The New Year’s Eve dance will feature Stronghold playing the blues and old time rock-n-roll. The lodging package for $174.95 per couple includes a lodge room, dance, dinner buffet and breakfast buffet. The cottage package features the same offers with a 1-bedroom cottage for $194.95. Dinner is served 5-8 p.m. and the dance is 8 p.m. to midnight. Call 800-325-0143 for reservations.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Dance through the decades and into 2015 with friends and family at beautiful Lake Barkley. Event package includes overnight lodging in a lakeview room, dinner buffet for two, tickets to a decades-themed dance party featuring live music from Nashville band Top Tier, and breakfast buffet for two on Jan. 1. The overnight package is $215 per couple. Dinner and dance tickets only are $135 per couple. Dance-only tickets are also available for $90 per couple. Please note that this event is for ages 21 and older, and no outside alcohol will be permitted. Cash bar will be available. Costumes are not required, but “best dressed” duo will win a Sweetheart Package for Valentine’s Day, or an overnight stay with dinner for two to be redeemed at a later date. For reservations, call 1-800-325-1708, or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
New Year’s Eve Party and Dance
Enjoy music from the ’60s, ‘70s and ‘80s with the band Joe Cowens & Co. A package for $99.95 per couple includes one night’s lodging and the dance (8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.) The park is also serving a dinner buffet, 5-8 p.m., for $24.95 a person that includes prime rib, shrimp, snow crab and catfish. Reservations are required for packages. Guests must be 21 and older to attend. Call 1-270-343-3111.
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Dance in the New Year with “Barry Russell and the Southern Bullets.” The park is offering a package for two for $140 plus tax, which includes one night lodging, dinner, continental breakfast and dance tickets for two (limited availability). Dinner and dance tickets can also be purchased for $70 per couple. Dance-only tickets are $40 per couple. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 1-800-325-1711 for more information.
First Day Hike at Pennyrile Forest – Jan. 1
Hikers will meet with the Pennyrile Forest naturalist on New Year’s Day in the lodge lobby to begin a 3.25-mile hike on the park’s Lake Trail. Wear proper clothing and bring your own water, snacks, and hiking stick. This hike is not recommended for children under the age of 5. Leashed dogs are welcome on the hike. Hiking sticks are available for purchase in the park’s gift shop. The hike is free and will last approximately 2 hours. The park plans to continue with guided hikes on the first of every month in 2015. To register for the hike, contact the park naturalist at email@example.com or 1-800-325-1711.
Pine Mountain State Resort Park
New Year’s Eve Mountain Bash
Enjoy a dance with DJ Brian O’Brien from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. for $10 a person. A special lodge room rate of $44.95 plus tax is also being offered. The Mountain View Restaurant will also be open 5-8 p.m. No outside alcohol permitted. Must be 21 and older to enter dance. Call 606-337-3066.
First Day Hike at Pine Mountain - Jan. 1
Start the year with a free guided hike on the Fern Garden Trail at Pine Mountain State Resort Park. As one of the more remote hikes on the park, it is sure to offer a genuinely peaceful experience. Hikers will meander through a lush, ravine forest of hemlock, tulip poplar, and rhododendron, as well as mixed deciduous forest and large sandstone boulders. Bring water and dress for the weather. This 1.2 mile hike will start at 11 a.m. Participants must register by Dec. 29 by calling Beth Byrnes at 606-337-3066 or by email at Beth.Byrnes@ky.gov.
Rough River Dam State Resort Park
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Rough River will host its annual New Year's Eve celebration on Dec. 31. Enjoy an overnight package that includes a cozy lodge room, prime rib dinner buffet, New Year's Eve celebration party and breakfast on New Year's Day for two. The packages start at $169 plus applicable taxes per couple. Or you may wish to choose the dinner and dance option which includes the prime rib dinner buffet and dance tickets for two, starting at just $89 plus tax. Either way, don't miss out on all the fun. Call to book your package today. Call 270-257-2311.