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Kentucky State Parks Management

Commissioner
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
Director
Food Services 

Shawn Estep (Acting)
Director
Human Resources

LaDonna Miller
Director
Marketing & Sales

David Thacker
Assistant Director
Resort Parks

Kevin Main
Director
Golf/Guest Services

Michael Vito
Director
Resort Parks

Christy Combs
Assistant Director
Rec. Parks & Historical Sites

Diane Bonfert
Director
Interpretation & Programs 

Ron Vanover
Director
Rec. Parks & Historical Sites

Col. Dallas Luttrell
Director
Rangers

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

Free demonstrations and activities planned
Vine Grove Native Has Pro Fishing Background
Available at Kentucky Dam Village, Lake Barkley and Kenlake
Has worked at Pine Mountain State Resort Park Since 2001
Ash Trees Infected by Emerald Ash Borer
Park to open Moonbow Café across from Gift Shop until Riverview Restaurant reopens in Spring 2019
4-Week Series Features Kentucky Historical Figures
Festival features live demonstrations of pioneer life and frontier skills.
Weekend includes battle re-enactments, museum tours, soldier camps
School of the Soldier featured this year
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