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Whether its summer, winter or somewhere in between, Kentucky State Parks are the perfect place to have fun, unwind and build relationships. Choice would be the word to describe the recreational opportunities. With championship golf courses, marinas, multi-use trails, horseback riding, tennis courts and swimming pools, state parks are Kentucky’s playground. Our parks are also vast lakes, mountaintops, caves and wildlife viewing.

You may choose to sit back, relax and let the kids run free. Reconnect with family and friends while discovering and exploring our natural resources. To introduce you to the unique features and opportunities at each park, our talented recreation and interpretation staff provides educational and entertaining programs for all ages and interests.

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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. Lounge by the new sandy beach, take a dip in the cool water at the pool, hop on a horse, play tennis or go 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. Visit the museum, sit by the pool or bring the kids to the playground. Guests 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. Relax at the public beach, complete with a bathhouse complex. Lodge swimming pool available for lodge & cottage guests. 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! Swimming pool available to lodge & cottage guests. 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
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