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 parks and campgrounds reopen in June, here are some of the safety measures we’re taking:
July 10, 2020-Facemasks
Governor Beshear’s public health regulation on facemasks applies to visitors to Kentucky State Parks. This means that face coverings are required while in indoor public places and outdoors when social distancing from those who are not part of a family group is not possible (the overlook at Cumberland Falls, for example).
For food services, only those who are seated and actively consuming food or beverage may remove their face coverings.
The Kentucky State Parks thank you for your efforts to keep our guests and staff members safe during this pandemic. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Resort Park lodges and cottages (most opened 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.
• Parks are following CDC guidelines for employees wearing masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment as necessary when cleaning accommodations.
• Safe social distancing and facemasks are encouraged.
• 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 opened June 8:
- Museums and historic sites will be monitored by site staff. Sites may limit capacity to indoor spaces (e.g., exhibits, common areas, gift shops, and historic houses) to facilitate social distancing.
- Guided tours and group activities are limited to nine visitors plus the interpreter or educator. It is recommended that visitors call ahead to reserve their spot.
- Visitors are encouraged (not required) to bring their own hand sanitizer and face covering to use throughout their visit.
- Staff will perform additional cleaning and disinfecting of public areas and high touch surfaces throughout the day.
- Visitors are encouraged to touch as little as possible while they are in gift shops and exhibit spaces, including outdoor exhibit areas.
- Visitors are encouraged to pay by credit card instead of cash and to take advantage of pay by phone options for both retail purchases and admissions where available.
State Park campgrounds (open June 11):
• Campgrounds are opened June 11. Tents and pop-up campers are allowed.
• 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.
• Campground bathhouses will be open.
• A limit of two visitors (in addition to the campers at the site) per campsite are allowed under state park camping regulations.
• CDC guidelines and social distancing should be practiced by guests.
• Masks are strongly encouraged in public areas or while in campground stores/booths.
NOTE: Community pools (where admission is charged) are closed at this time.
Pools and Beaches (June 29, 2020)
Some lodge swimming pools and beaches operated by Kentucky State Parks will be opening starting the week of June 29, 2020. The pools and beaches must pass health department inspections and can open after those are completed.
The pools and beaches will have occupancy limits and spread out pool furniture to maintain safe distancing. These steps are intended to keep guests and park employees safe during the coronavirus outbreak.
Community pools (where an admission fee is charged) will not be open because of the challenges in controlling numbers and spacing. For more information, such as days and hours open, please contact the park you plan to visit.
Lodge Pools Open: Barren River, Buckhorn Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, General Butler, Greenbo Lake, Jenny Wiley, Lake Barkley indoor pool, Pennyrile Forest, Pine Mountain, Rough River Dam
Beaches Open: Buckhorn Lake, Green River Lake, Kentucky Dam Village, Lake Malone, Nolin Lake, Pennyrile Forest.
Kentucky State Park playgrounds began re-opening on July 1, 2020. Please check with the park you plan to visit to check on playground status.
As of July 17, 2020, here’s what’s open and what has changed:
Kentucky State Parks returned to normal hours on June 1.
All lodges and cottages are available. (Barren River Lake’s lodge and restaurant will be closed during renovations but cottages are open and the campground opens June 11.)
Lodging and camping reservations are open.
Restaurants are open for dine in or carry out.
Cumberland Falls and Natural Bridge state resort parks re-opened June 1.
Park museums and historic sites opened June 8. See details above.
All campgrounds opened June 11. See details in section above.
Community pools (where admission is charged) are closed. Some lodge pools may be closed due to maintenance or construction work. See information about lodge pools and beaches above.
Picnic shelter rentals are open for groups of up to 50 people. For shelter rental contracts, contact the park office or front desk, group sales office or campground office. Please confirm the park alcohol policy if applicable.
State park golf courses are open. However, golf courses have taken precautions during the outbreak. Those steps include such things as limiting the number of guests in the golf shops at one time, removing bunker rakes and made modifications to the flagsticks to help eliminate the spreading of the virus. Beginning, Monday, June 15, two people are permitted to ride together in a cart if they live in the same household without a facial cloth covering. If two people who do NOT live in the same household are sharing a cart, a facial cloth covering should be worn.
State park guests are encouraged to wear masks, practice social distancing, and follow the other CDC-recommended guidelines listed at KYcovid19.ky.gov. Facemasks are required in some locations (see July 10, 2020, entry above)
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 www.KYCovid19.ky.gov