Kentucky Tourism

Pennyrile Forest Dawson Springs, KY


Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
20781 Pennyrile Lodge Rd.
Dawson Springs, KY 42408
Park Manager: Peter Bowles
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Lodging & Camping

The 24-room rustic wood and stone lodge at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park,  sits serenely on a high cliff overlooking Pennyrile Lake near Dawson Springs. Open year-round. Rooms available by late afternoon. Lodge room check-out by 11:00am, local time. We are now pet friendly! Click here to review our pet policy.  Other lodging options include cottage rentals and camping sites. Camping check-in is 1:00 P.M. and camping check-out is noon. No more than two pets are allowed per room/cottage.

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Locate trails and more at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. On the first of each month, a guided day hike is offered with a difficulty level of easy to moderate. You can also check out the equestrian and mountain bike trails or try their interactive adventure map.


Named for the tiny Pennyroyal plant found in the woodlands surrounding this resort, Pennyrile Forest is the perfect back-to-nature hideaway, and Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is the perfect location for your next party, event, business meeting, reunion, or wedding celebration.

Click here to visit Pennyrile Forest's Meetings site.

Clifty Creek Restaurant

Sit back and enjoy the peaceful surroundings while checking the new menu, which features traditional Kentucky cuisine, such as, country fried chicken, farm raised catfish and the famous hot brown.

This state park restaurant seats 200, including a private dining room for up to 80. As a supporter of Kentucky Proud program we utilize locally grown meats and produce when available.

Restaurant Hours

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Restaurant Menus

All NEW Breakfast Menu Adobe PDF Document
Lunch and Dinner Menu Adobe PDF Document
Kid's Menu Adobe PDF Document


Through the dedicated work of our state park naturalists, Kentucky State Parks protect and preserve the natural beauty of Kentucky.

Check out Pennyrile Forest State Park's Facebook page for more information.