Celebrating 100 Years


Kentucky State Parks is celebrating 100 years!

In 1924, Kentucky's General Assembly created a park commission led by Willard Rouse Jillson to seek out suitable park sites of unusual natural significance or with important state or national history.


The result of this search was Pine Mountain, Natural Bridge, Fort Harrod and Blue & Gray State Parks being entered into the 1926 legislative record as the first four Kentucky State Parks.


We're celebrating the centennial with special events, activities and programming throughout 2024! Watch this page for upcoming news, park happenings, signature events, fun facts and more.


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