Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site
- Miniature Golf
Top Five Things to Do
1. Visit a replica of the first Kentucky home.
2. Play mini golf.
3. Ride the giant slide.
4. Enjoy kid-friendly recreation.
5. Shop for gifts and T-shirts.
Born in Virginia, Thomas Walker studied medicine and became a doctor but also speculated in land. He joined the Loyal Land Company, organized and led the first expedition through the gap in the mountains, which he named Cumberland Gap in 1750. His expedition explored thousands of acres of land in the western wilderness of Kentucky decades before Lewis & Clark. Near the river, which he named the Cumberland, Walker built a cabin. A replica now stands on part of the land claimed by Dr. Walker. He returned to his Virginia home shortly thereafter, but left a journal documenting the hardships and discoveries of his travels.
Open all year.
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thurs & Fri + 1st Sat. starting Nov. 16, 2020; open 5 days per week when working.
Closed November 1 - April 1.
Things to Do
Shoot some hoops on the basketball court, open year-round.
Features Kentucky souvenirs. Open April 1 - October 31.
Play a game of horse shoes while visiting.
Have fun playing miniature golf 9-hole course, which is open seasonally, The Mini-Golf does have a fee of $3 per round with the exception of kids 6 years of age and under get to play for free. Open April 1 - October 31.
Two picnic shelters on the site's twelve acres with playground close-by. 100 plus picnic tables and numerous grills can be used free of charge. Open year-round. One shelter contains restroom facilities. Shelters can be reserved by rental up to a year in advance.
The cabin and surrounding grounds can be toured free of charge year-round.