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:
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. 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:
• 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 face masks are required.
• Menu service only; limited seating.
• No buffets or salad bars
• 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.
Museums and historic sites:
• 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 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:
• Campgrounds are open. All types of camping 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 required in public areas or while in campground stores/booths.
Beaches Open per normal operating season: Buckhorn Lake, Kentucky Dam Village, Lake Malone, Nolin Lake, Pennyrile Forest.
Kentucky State Park playgrounds are open.
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. 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 required to wear masks, practice social distancing, and follow the other CDC-recommended guidelines listed at www.KYCovid19.ky.gov.
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.