General Butler House

General Butler

General Butler State Resort Park

Park Activities

  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Miniature Golf
  • Swimming
  • Paddling
  • Playgrounds
  • Tennis
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Pedal Boating
General Butler State Resort Park
1608 Hwy. 227
Carrollton, KY 41008
Carrollton, KY
Northern Kentucky River Region


Top Five Things To Do
  1. Hike the Butler Lake Trail to explore CCC structures.
  2. View the overlook at sunset.
  3. Overnight in a cottage, lodge room or campsite.
  4. Tour the Butler Turpin State Historic Site.
  5. Get “wild” for wildlife or birds along walking trails.
Lodging & Camping

The hilltop Butler Lodge is an attraction within itself. Listen to the piano and admire the Ohio River valley view. Each of the 53 rooms features a private balcony or patio overlooking the pool or hillside. This hilltop resort is the essence of river town charm, featuring the warm glow of polished brass and rich woodwork. Rooms are available by late afternoon. Lodge room check-out by 11 a.m., local time. Standard lodge rooms and cottages are available for guests with pets (there is a fee). No more than two pets are allowed per room/cottage. Other Butler State Resort Park lodging options include 24 one, two and three-bedroom cottages.

The campground offers more than 100 campsites with utility hookups and grills. Showers and rest rooms are available at two central service buildings and one laundry facility is available. Check out by 1 p.m. Open year-round. Please call to reserve a site during the winter months.

CLICK HERE for seasonal hours.

Two Rivers Restaurant Hours
Restaurants are now carry-out only on days open until further notice.  
Wednesday–Friday 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
The restaurant will close between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and between 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for proper cleaning and preparation between meals.
Closed Monday & Tuesday.

Port Williams Lounge

General Butler Conference Center has a large meeting space that offers both 400 banquet style and 750 theater style seating. For more information about hosting a group or wedding CLICK HERE

Butler-Turpin State Historic House
General Butler State Resort Park preserves the Butler-Turpin Historic home built in 1859. The house is a brick federal-style residence with eight large rooms and two wide halls, with a third floor attic and spacious basement area. The home has many period pieces as well as family heirlooms. Attached to the house is the outdoor kitchen. To tour the historic home, purchase tickets at the lodge front desk at least 15 minutes prior to the tour start time. Your tour guide will meet you at the house.

Tours are scheduled throughout the winter season. Call Guest Services at 502-732-4384 to confirm schedule or email [email protected] Tours last approximately one hour.
Admission: $5 adult, $3 under 12, free for children 5 and under.

Things to Do
Mountain biking is available on our Fossil Trail. It's a 4.5 mile loop trail and is open from April - November. Riders must wear helmets and anyone under 16 years of age must have an adult rider at all times. Trail is rated for the skilled rider.

Birds commonly calling General Butler in the fall to winter include Canada goose, Mallard, Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, wild turkeys, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Wild Turkey. Birds tending to stay in the park year-round include the Turkey Vulture, Cooper’s hawk, various owls, woodpeckers, Wild Turkey, American Goldfinch, American Red-Winged Blackbird, and the Eastern Bluebird. 3. Birds of Sound: American Black Crow, Blue Jays, Rock Dove and Mourning Dove, Purple Martin, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, sparrows, wrens and American Goldfinch. Those sunniest of small birds seen in spring to summer include Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Whip-poor-will and Tufted Titmouse.

Boat dock open Weekends only (Friday, Saturday & Sunday). Lake open year-round for non-motorized boats.

Enjoy a day on the lake at General Butler. Rental canoes and rowboats are available weekends only (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) at the Boat Dock. No trolling motors allowed on Butler Lake at anytime. Lake open year-round for non-motorized boats.

Bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish have been restocked in 30-acre Butler Lake. Fishing is permitted from the lake shore and from personal non-motorized boats year-round. A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Click here to purchase a license online at KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Don't have a fishing pole? No problem! Ask at the park about their fishing loaner program where you can check out FREE equipment.

Game Room
Located at the recreation building.

Gift Shop
The gift shop is located in the lodge lobby with lots of Kentucky hand crafts, foods and much more to choose from.

To stretch your legs after dinner, take advantage of two nature trails; a 1/4 mile trail between the lodge and the camping area, and a 1/2 mile loop trail in the campground.

Miniature Golf
Enjoy a game of miniature golf that overlooks the beautiful lake at General Butler. Open Weekends only (Friday, Saturday & Sunday).

The Butler-Turpin Home is located at the rear entrance to the park. The house museum embodies life at the confluence of the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers along with the military contributions of the Butler family. Built in the Greek revival style the house is a three-bay two-story structure with a commanding view of the Kentucky River Valley. The personal effects of military documents, furniture and objects bring to life a family steeped in military history.

Pedal Boating
Enjoy a day on the lake at General Butler. Rental pedal boats are available seasonally at the Boat Dock.

Picnic area, playground, tennis, basketball courts and shelter house are located near the historic house on the west side of General Butler State Resort Park.

The lodge swimming pool is available for lodge and cottage guests. The Lodge Pool will remain open past Labor Day Weekend, weather permitting; but will close at 9 p.m.
Current Camper Swim Times 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

Three courts at the back entrance and one court near the lodge. Racquets can be checked out by overnight guests.


  • Butler-Turpin Historic House Tour: Adults: $5.00
  • Butler-Turpin Historic House Tour: Children under 12: $3.00
  • Butler-Turpin Historic House Tour: Children 5 and under: $0.00
  • Miniature Golf: Adults: $5.00
  • Miniature Golf: Children 15 and under: $4.00