Kentucky Tourism


Kentucky State Parks Management

Donnie Holland

Assistant to the Commissioner
Deborah Cobb

Information Officer
Gil Lawson

Deputy Commissioner/Operations
John Kington

Deputy Commissioner/Administration
Rob Richards

Department Directors

Thomas Brown
Food Services 

Human Resources

LaDonna Miller
Marketing & Sales

David Thacker
Assistant Director
Resort Parks

Kevin Main
Golf/Guest Services

Michael Vito
Resort Parks

Christy Combs
Assistant Director
Rec. Parks & Historical Sites

Customer Service

Diane Bonfert
Interpretation & Programs 

Ron Vanover
Rec. Parks & Historical Sites

Col. Dallas Luttrell

Andrew Kasitz
Assistant Director
Resort Parks

Mailing Address

Kentucky Department of Parks
2 Hudson Hollow
Unit #1
Frankfort, KY 40601

Drone and Commercial Photography Forms

Below are permit applications for using a drone at a Kentucky State Park and for commercial photography. Completed forms should go to the park manager. (Please note: Some Kentucky State Parks are on property controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. At this time, the corps also must approve drone use and that process is separate from the state park permit process. Please plan in advance.) 

Commercial Photography: CLICK HERE
Drone Application: CLICK HERE

Latest News

Background Includes Tennessee State Parks
Folk, old-time, western, western swing, early country, and others are played
Pennyrile Forest, Mineral Mound Courses To Close
Step Back in Time at Pioneer Encampment
50 percent off Sunday-Thursday
Events at White Hall and Waveland historic sites
June 23 event offers information about ancestors
June 9 event held at state parks across the state
Arts and Crafts Festival Set For May 26-27
The New Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail and nine regional signature meals
Corbin Native Wes Lanham Named
Online registration lasts through April 11
Other demonstrations of Chickasaw life will be offered
Other Parks Planning St. Patrick's Day Events
Menu Features Country Ham, Beef Carved on the Line and More
New Culinary Tours and Additions to Collection
Includes Cumberland Falls, Jefferson Davis, Taylorsville Lake and Perryville Battlefield parks
Packages include overnight stays, meals and entertainment
Ideal For Church, Youth, Senior Citizen Groups
First Day Hikes Also Set For Jan. 1
Trips Available In January, February
Changes For Pennyrile Forest, Buckhorn Lake and Kenlake
Van tours offer views of Sandhill cranes during migration
Decorations, home tours, special meals and more
Entry fee is $100 for 2-person teams
"Refreshing the Finest" continues enhancing Kentucky State Parks
Battle re-enactments, living history and museum tours
Battle re-enactments, living history, tours planned
Campgrounds plan special activities at many parks
Pioneer demonstrations, crafts, entertainment, food
Tours offered throughout the fall and winter
Includes residents of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina
Fairways recently renovated with Bermuda grass
Honors old-time music and eastern Kentucky traditions
Raising Public Awareness About Danger of Electric Shock Drowning
Artists, food, children's activities
Barren River Lake Joins Several Parks With Waystations
Crafts, artwork, jewelry and more
26th annual events features living history
Fireworks, Entertainment, Recreation
Lodge Rooms, Restaurant Now Open
Located at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Handcrafted items, demonstrations, food available
Roast beef, pork, chicken and dumplings on menu
Friends group obtains recycling grant for park
During Week of April 24
Tour Of Mansion Included
"The Race Is On" Runs Through May 31
Trips Set For April 22, 23, May 3, 7, 13
At Carter Caves, Kincaid Lake and General Butler
Program about mining history is free
Has background in hotel management
Free Show is Jan. 22 in Louisville
4-Week Series Features Kentucky Historical Figures
Starts Jan. 1, 2017; Then on First Saturdays Each Month
Dances, parties, meals and more planned
Tours, meals and entertainment planned
Warm Weather Keeps Some Campgrounds Open In November
16 Parks Serving on Thanksgiving Day
Performed by Murder and Merriment
Chili Supper and Haunted Night Cache Included
Awarded By Kentucky State Parks Foundation
Features Eastern Kentucky University Theatre Department
Resort Parks Will Be Open Seven Days A Week