COVID-19 Information

Kentucky State Parks COVID-19 Updates

For the latest information about Kentucky State Parks and COVID-19. 

The unprecedented impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to some changes for Kentucky State Parks. The health and safety of our guests and staff is important to us and we have made some adjustments in our park operations and schedules.


Kentucky State Parks are taking extra steps during the coronavirus outbreak to keep our guests and employees safe. As many parks and campgrounds reopen in June, here are some of the safety measures we’re taking:

Resort Park lodges and cottages (most open June 1):
•    All high touch surfaces are being disinfected with every cleaning.
•    Many items have been removed from accommodations to help with unnecessary exposure.  These items include but aren’t limited to: Trays with wrapped amenities including cups, tumblers and soap; in room publications; in room directory information.
•    Accommodations cleaning is being delayed for 24 hours after a guest checks out.
•    Parks are following CDC guidelines for employees wearing masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment as necessary when cleaning accommodations.
•    All pools and beaches are closed.
•    Safe social distancing and facemasks are encouraged.

Food services:

•    Additional disinfecting of all contact areas in kitchens and dining rooms.

•    Additional sanitizing of all food contact areas and utensils.

•    Wearing of face masks and gloves by food service staff at all times.

•    No refills on any beverages. New cups for refills.

•    Carry out food only; no buffets or salad bars


Museums and historic sites open June 8. More details will be announced soon.

State Park campgrounds (open June 11):

•    Campgrounds are open to self-contained units only. Bring a blue dumping tote if necessary. Dump stations will be open.
•    To limit interaction with staff, guests should download prior to arrival and utilize the ReserveAmerica Camping app to check in once you arrive at your camping destination. The app is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.
•    No campground bathhouses will be open.
•    No primitive/tent or pop-up camping are allowed at this time. One tent is allowed if camping with a self-contained unit and set up on same site.
•    No visitors are allowed in the campground or at your campsite.
•    Playgrounds, pools and beaches are closed.
•    CDC guidelines and social distancing must be practiced while on park.
•    Masks are strongly encouraged in public areas or while in campground stores/booths.


As of June 3, 2020, here’s what’s open and what has changed:


  • Kentucky State Parks returned to normal hours on June 1. 
    Most lodges and cottages are available. Four resort parks – Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, Blue Licks Battlefield and Buckhorn Lake state resort parks are open and will start offering overnight lodging on June 8. 

    Barren River Lake’s lodge and restaurant will be closed during renovations but cottages open June 1 and the campground opens June 11. 

  • Lodging and camping reservations are open.

  • Restaurants at open resort parks will also be open on a carry out basis only.

  • Cumberland Falls and Natural Bridge state resort parks re-opened June 1.

  • Park museums and historic sites plan to open June 8. More details to follow.


  • All campgrounds will open June 11. Campers must be self-contained RV units or pop-ups with bathrooms and holding tanks due to bathhouses being closed at this time. Pop-ups without holding tanks and tents will not be allowed due to bathhouse regulations.

  • Playgrounds, swimming pools and beaches are currently closed.

  • No picnic shelter rentals until further notice as we practice the public health recommendation of gatherings of 10 or less.

  • State park golf courses are open. However, golf courses have taken precautions during the outbreak. Those steps include such things as closing pro shops to drive thru service only, and spacing tee times 20 minutes apart. Golf cart rentals resumed June 1 with one person per cart unless they are family members. The golf courses have removed bunker rakes, and made modifications to the flagsticks to help eliminate the spreading of the virus.

  • State park guests are encouraged to wear masks, practice social distancing, and follow the other CDC-recommended guidelines listed at



We’ll keep you posted on other changes through this webpage. If you’re planning to visit a Kentucky State Park, we suggest you call in advance to check on hours and what’s open. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to you visiting a Kentucky State Park. For more about the coronavirus in Kentucky, visit