Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

Park Activities

  • Pedal Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Golf Course
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Swimming
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddling
  • Playgrounds
  • Tennis
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
20781 Pennyrile Lodge Rd.
Dawson Springs, KY 42408
Dawson Springs, KY
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ


Top Five Things To Do

1. Take the family to swim at our beautiful sandy beach.
2. Hike the Lake Trail, Clifty Creek Trail, or Indian Bluff Trail.
3. Explore the lake by canoe, kayak, pedal boat and stand up paddle board.
4. Stroll across the Dam and bring your fishing pole.
5. Remember to take your photo with amazing views from Fisherman's Rock.

Lodging & Camping
The 24-room rustic wood and stone lodge at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, sits serenely on a high cliff overlooking Pennyrile Lake near Dawson Springs. Open year-round. Rooms available by late afternoon. Lodge room check-out by 11 a.m., local time. We are now pet friendly! Other lodging options include 13 cottage rentals and camping sites. Camping check-in is 1 p.m. and camping check-out is noon. No more than two pets are allowed per room/cottage.

A standard campsite is $20 Sun. - Thurs, $25 Fri. - Sat. and $30 on holidays. Equestrian sites are $35 Sun. - Thurs., $40 Fri - Sat, and $45 during holidays. You do not have to have a horse to camp at the equestrian sites, they are larger and our newer sites. There is a $6 reservation fee when booking through Reserve America.

Clifty Creek Restaurant
7 days a week
7 - 10 a.m.
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
4 - 7 p.m.

Horse Campground remains open 7 days a week. Reservations click here.

Golf Hours
8 a.m.–4 p.m. daily as weather permits

Named for the tiny Pennyroyal plant found in the woodlands surrounding this resort, Pennyrile Forest is the perfect back-to-nature hideaway, and Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is the perfect location for your next party, event, business meeting, reunion, or wedding celebration. For more information about hosting a group or wedding CLICK HERE.

Things to Do
Enjoy a day of competition on our basketball/tennis court. Overnight guests may check out sporting equipment.

At the park’s restaurant you can request a table by the birdfeeders and watch many common birdfeeder birds while you dine. During spring migration we often get a number of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks here. During the summer if you hike the Clifty Creek trail you can often times see a Louisiana Waterthrush bobbing along streamside. The lake trail is probably your best bet for many birding opportunities year round. Birds commonly observed in the winter include Juncos, White-breasted Nuthatches, Purple Finches, and Carolina chickadees. In late winter Cedar Waxwings can be seen devouring what is left of the holly berries throughout the park. The spring brings Warblers passing through as well as Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. In the summer Red-eyed Vireos, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Indigo Buntings, Wood Thrushes, Ovenbirds, Pine Warblers, and Scarlet and Summer tanagers are all commonly seen.

For a fun-filled day on the lake, visit the boat dock. Rental pedal boats, row boats, canoes, kayaks, and trolling motors are available. Larger motorboats are restricted from Pennyrile Lake. Lake Beshear, located four miles from the lodge, also offers fishing challenges. Larger motorboats are allowed there.

Canoes can be rented at the park boat dock Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Equine Camping
Pennyrile Forest offers 8 pull-through campsites specifically designed for horse owners. These sites feature electric, water and sewer hook-ups. Each site has its own corresponding hitching posts for up to four horses, picnic table, lantern hanger & fire ring/grill combo. Horse campers have access to all campground amenities, which include bathhouses, laundry area and playgrounds. A new 1.25 mile horse trail near the campground connects horseback riders to the 40+ miles of horse trails on the adjacent Pennyrile State Forest.

Grab your fishing pole! Pennyrile Lake is home to Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Crappie, and Largemouth Bass. Forgot your fishing gear? Borrow some from us at the front desk, or boat dock. A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Click here to purchase a license online at KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Plan your fishing trip and improve your success with the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources fishing forecast. Click here to view. Click here for a map of Pennyrile State Resort Park lake area.

Gift Shop
Visit the gift shop which offers a large selection of Kentucky handcrafts and souvenirs.

"Tee-time"! Test your skills on the regulation 18-hole golf course. A pro-shop, riding carts, pull carts, and rental clubs are available. Course open year-round, weather permitting. Eighteen-hole golf packages available. For more info about this course CLICK HERE.

Bring your camera, because the photo opportunities are limitless on the nature trails. Seven trails loop around the lake and through the forest areas and are rated from easy to difficult in hiking ability.

Horseback Riding
Bring your horse out to the new 1.25 mile horse trail near the campground connecting riders to the 40+ miles of horse trails on the adjacent Pennyrile State Forest.

There is a horseshoe pit between the mini golf course and the amphitheater. Equipment is available to borrow from the campstore.

Kayaks can be rented at the park boat dock Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Miniature Golf
To "par"fect your putting, play a round of miniature golf on an 18-hole course. Rate: $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. Special group rates available for groups of 20 or more.

Pedal Boating
Rent pedals boats at the dock! Larger motorboats are restricted from Pennyrile Lake, so you are assured peaceful pedaling.

Grills are available at all cottages and campsites. Picnic shelters, tables, and playgrounds are located throughout the park. Shelters are available for rent up to one year in advance.

Three playgrounds are available for children to burn off excess energy. The newest playground is located by the lodge and is accessible year-round. The campground playground is only available for play when the campground is open. The playground in the beach/boat dock area is accessible by the lake trail Nov 1-March 15.

Take the plunge in the lodge pool or sunbathe at the public beach. The pool is adjacent to the lodge and is available for lodge and cottage guests. Enjoy sand between your toes and the gentle waves of Pennyrile Lake at the beach, adjacent to the boat dock. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day.

Enjoy a day of competition on our basketball/tennis court. Overnight guests may check out equipment.

Locate trails and more at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. On the first of each month, a guided day hike is offered with a difficulty level of easy to moderate. You can also check out the equestrian and mountain bike trails or try their interactive adventure map.