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Wherever you travel in Kentucky, you are never far from one of our 49 Kentucky State Parks, some of the top state parks in America. Each park has its own unique attributes, from shorelines to majestic mountains, from winding caves to enchanting woodlands. For PHONE NUMBERS to each individual Kentucky State Park continue to SCROLL DOWN.

Kentucky State Parks have resorts with lodging and restaurants; recreational parks with camping and picnic areas; and historic sites that preserve our past. Use this page to find a state park that’s perfect for you and find out why Kentucky State Parks are among the top state parks you’ll find anywhere! Extend your adventure and stay in one of our many state park lodges.
 
 

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Barren River Lake State Resort Park Lucas, KY

Barren River Lake State Resort Park is a water-lover's paradise surrounded by forested, rolling hills. It is located near Kentucky's famous cave area, including the longest cave system in the world. From a dip in the pool to a horseback ride, from a set of tennis to boating on the lake, however you define vacation fun, it's here at Barren River Lake State Resort Park. PHONE: 270-646-2151

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site Union, KY

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site has been named by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Natural Landmark. The park is significant for its combination of salt springs and late Pleistocene bone beds. The site is recognized as the birthplace of American vertebrate paleontology for its significant role in the development of scientific thought regarding extinction and the relationship of geology & paleontology. PHONE: 859-384-3522

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park Carlisle, KY

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park is a picture of rural serenity set above the banks of the Licking River in the rolling hills of northeastern Kentucky. Today, visitors can walk the very grounds where 182 settlers, outnumbered and outgunned, fought for their lives in what is thought to be Kentucky's last battle of the Revolutionary War on August 19, 1782. PHONE: 859-289-5507

Boone Station State Historic Site Lexington, KY

Boone Station State Historic Site is located on a beautiful 46-acre site in Fayette County, Kentucky. Daniel Boone, known for his role in the exploring & settling of the Kentucky frontier, decided that the settlement of Boonesborough had become too crowded. In December 1779, Boone Station was established. PHONE: 859-263-1073

Breaks Interstate Park Breaks, KY

CALL: 276-865-4413 Breaks Interstate Park's accommodations range from woodland cottages to campsites, from lakefront log cabins to lodge rooms with breath-taking views.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park Buckhorn, KY

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, is the perfect combination of charm and seclusion. Every view is a front-row seat to each changing season. From boating to miniature golf, fishing to hiking, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park has you covered. PHONE: 606-398-7510

Butler-Turpin State Historic House Carrollton, KY

This fine home built in 1859 is a place of remembrance for one of Kentucky's foremost military families from colonial times, through the revolution , the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the Civil War. Built in the Greek Revival style, the house is a three-bay, masonry structure with a commanding view of the KY River Valley. The Butler House is part of General Butler State Resort Park. PHONE: 502-732-4384

Carr Creek State Park Sassafras, KY

Enjoy the shores of Carr Creek Lake, once home to some of the area's earliest pioneer settlements as early as the 1770s. Visitors to the park can relax amid a chorus of nature in the campground or frolic under the sun at the longest sand beach in the Kentucky State Park system. PHONE: 606-642-4050

Carter Caves State Resort Park Olive Hill, KY

Carter Caves State Resort Park is home to more than 20 caverns winding beneath its forested hills. Adventure awaits you, above ground and below, at Carter Caves! Begin creating family memories by taking a cave tour, hiking a trail, canoeing, horseback riding or gem mining at Carter Caves State Resort Park. PHONE: 606-286-4411

Columbus-Belmont State Park Columbus, KY

Columbus-Belmont State Park is a National Scenic Byway & National Trail of Tears Site. It is also part of the Civil War Heritage Trail. Today, you can still see the massive chain and anchor used by the South to block passage of Union gunboats and the earthen trenches dug to protect over 19,000 Confederate troops. The farmhouse that served as a Civil War hospital is now a museum. PHONE: 270-677-2327

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park Corbin, KY

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Known as the "Niagara of the South," the waterfall forms a 125-foot-wide curtain that plunges 7 stories into a boulder-strewn gorge. The mist of the falls creates the magic of the moonbow, only visible on a clear night during a full moon.This phenomenon appears nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere! PHONE: 606-528-4121

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park Burkesville, KY

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park offers a vast, unspoiled wilderness to refresh and rejuvenate the senses. It's no surprise the bald eagle chooses this area for its wintering grounds. From miniature golf to 18 holes on the Dale Hollow Lake golf course, for vacation fun, we've got you covered. PHONE: 270-433-7431

Dawkins Line Rail Trail Swamp Branch, KY

The Dawkins Line Rail Trail is joining many other adventure tourism attractions in the region supported by outdoor enthusiasts as the longest rail trail in Kentucky. The first 18-mile leg of the trail is now open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders. This section features 24 trestles & the 662-foot Gun Creek Tunnel. Parkingis available at both Swap Branch & Royalton. PHONE: 502-564-8110

Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site Barbourville, KY

Although Daniel Boone is often remembered as Kentucky's most famous pioneer, Dr. Thomas Walker was actually the first frontiersman in Kentucky. A physician & surveyor, Walker led the first expedition through Cumberland Gap in 1750. Near the river, which he named Cumberland, Dr. Walker built the first cabin in Kentucky, a replica of which stands on the site today. PHONE: 606-546-4400

E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park Louisville, KY

A 539-acre oasis on the outskirts of Louisville, the rolling fields that were once farmland are now the site of some of the finest indoor and outdoor recreation facilities in Kentucky. Stop by for a swim, play a round of tennis or bring your pet to the dog park! We've got it all at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park. PHONE: 502-429-3280

Fishtrap Lake State Park Shelbiana, KY

CALL: 502-564-2172 Fishtrap Lake State Park is a new addition to the Kentucky State Parks system. A man-made lake surrounded by natural beauty, Fishtrap Lake was created to help control flooding along the Ohio and Big Sandy Rivers. The Army Corp of Engineers broke ground on the project in 1962, and President Lyndon Johnson dedicated the project upon its completion in 1968. Nestled among mountains and dense forests, the Fishtrap Lake ...

Fort Boonesborough State Park Richmond, KY

When Daniel Boone & his men reached the Kentucky River, they quickly moved to establish Kentucky's second settlement - the site still known as Fort Boonesborough. Fort Boonesborough has been reconstructed as a working fort complete with cabins, block houses and furnishings. PHONE: 859-527-3131

General Burnside Island State Park Burnside, KY

The damming of the Cumberland River in the 1950s, producing Lake Cumberland, also covered the lower peninsula of Burnside, creating the island that is now General Burnside Island State Park. It has the distinction of being the only island park in the Kentucky State Park system. The park was named for the sideburn-whiskered Civil War general Ambrose Burnside. PHONE: 606-561-4104

General Butler State Resort Park Carrollton, KY

Located along I-71 between Louisville and Cincinnati, the park is a fitting tribute to one of Kentucky's foremost military families. Named for General William Orlando Butler, the military family spans from colonial time through the American Revolution, War of 1812, Mexican War and Civil War. A stone overlook was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s so guests can enjoy the same river scenes the Butlers viewed in times past. PHONE: 502-732-4384

Grayson Lake State Park Olive Hill, KY

CALL: 606-474-9727 Sheer sandstone canyons and gentle slopes comprise the 1,512 acres of Grayson Lake State Park. This site was a favorite camping area for Shawnee and Cherokee Native American. The hiking trails offer several species of ferns, mosses, and lichens, the flowering rhododendron, "lizard head rock," and the unusual combination of beech-hemlock trees.

Green River Lake State Park Campbellsville, KY

Enjoy lake side fun at the campground on the shores of the 8,200-acre lake at Green River Lake State Park.If you're a fan of water sports , you're sure to find something to fit the bill, with a sand beach along the lake's edge and a nearby marina offering rental houseboats, ski boats, jet skis and pontoon boats. PHONE: 270-465-8255

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park Greenup, KY

****Due to an electrical fire, the lodge and restaurant at Greenbo Lake State Resort park will be closed through the spring of 2016. Work is underway on repairs. The park grounds and lake remain open.***

Isaac Shelby Cemetery State Historic Site Junction City, KY

CALL: 502-564-4940

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site Fairview, KY

CALL: 270-889-6100

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Prestonsburg, KY

For reservations at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, please call: 606-889-1790. All cottages, lodge rooms, the marina, conference center and campground are open for business. A temporary dining room is available in the conference center. For cottage check-ins go to lodge room 101.

John James Audubon State Park Henderson, KY

CALL: 270-826-2247 The park has 5 1-bedroom cottages and 1 ADA-accessible 2-bedroom cottage. Each of the 1-bedroom cottages have a king sized bed, pull out sofa, fireplace, living room, full kitchen and bathroom. The fireplaces are open October 1st – April 15th. The 2-bedroom cottage has 4 queen sized beds, 2 bathrooms, living room, and full kitchen. Tableware, cooking utensils and linens are provided. Cottages are available by late afternoon. Check ...

Kenlake State Resort Park Hardin, KY

Kenlake State Resort Park is only minutes away from Land Between the Lakes, the US Forest Service's 170,000-acre nature lover's paradise and environmental education area. Located on the Midwest shore of Kentucky Lake, with the longest shoreline of any man-made lake in the eastern U.S., Kenlake is the perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors! PHONE: (270) 474-2211

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park Gilbertsville, KY

With the largest marina in the park system, on the largest lake in the state, Kentucky Lake, Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park is the perfect haven for water sports enthusiasts! From ,a cool dip to a hike, from reeling in the big fish to hitting the little white ball, however you define vacation fun, it's here at Kentucky Dam Village, PHONE: (270) 362-4271

Kincaid Lake State Park Falmouth, KY

A campground, a 183-acre lake, hiking trails, mini-golf and a 9-hole golf course are all the ingredients that make Kincaid Lake a popular retreat for campers, fishermen, boaters, golfers and families. Rent a boat at the marina and fish for largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, sunfish and crappie. PHONE: 859-654-3531

Kingdom Come State Park Cumberland, KY

CALL: 606-589-2479 Kingdom Come State Park, with an elevation of 2,700 feet, is the crowning jewel in the crest of Pine Mountain.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park Cadiz, KY

Lake Barkley State Resort Park rests on the shores of one of the world's largest man-made lakes, over 57,500 acres, and provides an array of outdoor and indoor activities. From a cool dip to a hot sauna, from reeling in the big fish to hitting the little white ball, however you define vacation fun, it's here at Lake Barkley. PHONE: 270-924-1131

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park Jamestown, KY

With 1,200 miles of shoreline, an enchanting waterfall, and secret coves, you could a day or weeks exploring the wonders of Lake Cumberland. Lake Cumberland is a paradise for the water sports enthusiast and offers a full-service marina. PHONE: 270-343-3111

Lake Malone State Park Dunmor, KY

CALL: 270-657-2111 Discover the beautiful landscape of Lake Malone State Park on the 1.5-mile Laurel Trail or the .25-mile Wildflower Trail. These easy-rated hiking trails provide picturesque views of many rock walls, once used as shelters by Native Americans.

Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park London, KY

CALL: 606-330-2130  Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park combines the beauty of a rolling, wooded hills park with a historic site that honors the pioneers who braved the perils of the wilderness to settle Kentucky. The Mountain Life Museum which brings visitors into a pioneer settlement, is open Friday and Saturday. Buildings in the settlement were moved from other sites or built as replicas on the park. All buildings are filled ...

Lincoln Homestead State Park Springfield, KY

CALL: 859-336-7461 Lincoln Homestead State Park features the original home of Lincoln’s mother, as well as replicas of the 1782 cabin and blacksmith shop where his father was reared and learned his trade. You'll also find the home of Mordecai Lincoln, the favorite uncle of the President, along with split-rail fences and pioneer furniture that portray the rugged pioneer life. Lincoln Homestead State Park is one of the stops on Kentucky's ...

Mineral Mound State Park Eddyville, KY

CALL: 270-388-3673 This peaceful setting on the shores of Lake Barkley is historically linked to the author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The property was once the farm of Willis B. Machen, grandfather of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. It’s not hard to imagine the serene, Gatsby-style era from this park, with idyllic days of playing golf and cruising the lake.

My Old Kentucky Home Bardstown, KY

Federal Hill was the inspiration for Stephen Foster's famous ballad, "My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night". Today, this Georgian-style mansion is as endearing to visitors as it was in 1852, the year Foster wrote what has become the official state song while visiting his cousins, the Rowan family. Step into the days of the antebellum South as costumed guides escort you through the stately mansion and formal gardens. PHONE: (502) 348-3502

Natural Bridge State Resort Park Slade, KY

Natural Bridge State Resort Park invites you to experience a truly magnificent and serene natural environment. Come and explore the beauty of natural arches and rugged sandstone cliff lines. Our greatest attribute remains the same: the 'Natural Bridge'. This magnificent arch, which is 65 feet tall and 78 feet long, is one of the most famous natural sandstone arches in Kentucky. PHONE: 606-663-2214

Nolin Lake State Park Mammoth Cave, KY

CALL: 270-286-4240 Nolin Lake is popular with boaters and fishermen alike, and campers will enjoy the new Nolin Lake Campground, featuring 32 camp sites with water and electricity. This facility opened in May of 2001.

Old Fort Harrod State Park Harrodsburg, KY

In 1774 James Harrod established the first permanent settlement west of the Alleghenies in what would become Central Kentucky. The fort at the center of Old Fort Harrod is made of several structures that reflect early life in Kentucky. Cabins and blockhouses are furnished with handmade items used by the pioneers. PHONE: (859) 734-3314

Old Mulkey Meeting House State Historic Site Tompkinsville, KY

The oldest "freestanding" log meetinghouse in Kentucky was constructed in 1804. It was built in the shape of a cross with 12 corners and included three doors, symbolic of the Holy Trinity. The church roster listed the names of many Revolutionary War soldiers and pioneers, including Daniel Boone's sister, Hannah. PHONE: (270) 487-8481

Paintsville Lake State Park Staffordsville, KY

CALL: 606-297-8486 With steep cliffs and wooded coves along the shoreline, this lake provides 1,140 acres of boating, skiing and fishing pleasure.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Dawson Springs, KY

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is a picturesque retreat surrounded by more than 14,000 acres of the beautiful Pennyrile State Forest in western Kentucky. Named for the tiny Pennyroyal plant found in the area, the park is the perfect back-to-nature hideaway. Let the sights and sounds of the Pennyrile Forest refresh your senses while exploring your favorite outdoor activities. PHONE: 270-797-3421.

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site Perryville, KY

CALL: 859-332-8631 Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site Resources Click here to visit the Perryville Civil War Battlefield website. Click here to visit the Friends of Perryville website. With the help of a class from Centre College, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site now has a digital database of more than 5,800 soldiers who died, were wounded or went missing during the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky. Click here to search ...

Pine Mountain State Resort Park Pineville, KY

Pine Mountain State Resort Park is a destination for all seasons. It's located in the heart of the Kentucky Ridge State Forest in the southeastern mountains and features beautiful mountain scenery. From a cool dip in the pool to a hike to see Chained Rock,however you define vacation fun,Pine Mountain State Resort Park has you covered. PHONE: (606) 337-3066

Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail Whitesburg, KY

CALL: 270-257-2311 The Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail is a linear state park still under development. Once completed, the long distance trail designed for primitive camping, backpacking and hiking, will span approximately 120 miles from Breaks Inter­state Park to Cumberland Gap National Historic Park and pass through many natural areas such as Bad Branch State Nature Preserve, Kingdom Come State Park and Blanton Forest along the Pine Mountain range.

Rough River Dam State Resort Park Falls Of Rough, KY

Rough River Dam State Resort Park is secluded in the beautiful west central Kentucky countryside overlooking the 5,000 acre Rough River Lake. The avid angler will delight in the abundance of largemouth, white and KY bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie and rough fish. Come enjoy a day on the lake or travel the back roads in search of rural artisans and antiques at Rough River Dam State Resort Park. PHONE: 270-257-2311

Taylorsville Lake State Park Taylorsville, KY

Taylorsville Lake State Park is a wrangler's and angler's dream come true! The park sits on 3,050 acre Taylorsville Lake, which was made from the Salt River in 1983. The 2,560-acres park encompasses some of the most beautiful riding country around, just 45 minutes southeast of Kentucky's largest city. PHONE: 502-477-8713

Waveland State Historic Site Lexington, KY

CALL: 859-272-3611 Antebellum house with three original outbuildings - slave quarters, smokehouse and ice house. Guided tours focus on the everyday lives of family and slaves who lived and worked at Waveland.

White Hall State Historic Site Richmond, KY

CALL: 859-623-9178 Nestled in rolling farmland, the home was built in the late 1700’s, with a major addition constructed in the 1860’s. The mansion, built in Georgian and Italianate styles, boasts nearly ten thousand square feet with modern innovations of the time such as central heating and indoor plumbing.

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site Wickliffe, KY

Wickliffe Mounds is the archaeological site of a prehistoric Native American village of the Mississippian mound builders, and is a Kentucky Archaeological Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the museum exhibits the excavated features of the mounds, outstanding displays of Mississippian pottery. stone tools, bone & shell implements and interpretive info about the park's history. PHONE: 270-335-3681

William Whitley House State Historic Site Stanford, KY

CALL: 606-355-2881 The William Whitley House, also known as Sportsman's Hill, stands today as a monument to pioneer ingenuity and resourcefulness.

Yatesville Lake State Park Louisa, KY

CALL: 606-673-1492 Yatesville Lake provides plenty of room to skim the waves or catch some rays in your favorite cruisecraft—be it a houseboat, pontoon, speed boat or jet ski. The Yatesville Marina offers everything boaters and fishers need for lake fun. Relax in the scenic lakeside setting of Yatesville Lake's campground.