Kentucky Tourism


Kentucky State Parks Management


Assistant to the Commissioner
Deborah Cobb

Information Officer
Gil Lawson

Deputy Commissioner/Operations

Deputy Commissioner/Administration
Rob Richards

Department Directors

Thomas Brown
Food Services 

Shawn Estep (Acting)
Human Resources

LaDonna Miller
Marketing & Sales

Kevin Main
Golf/Guest Services

Michael Vito
Resort Parks

Christy Combs
Assistant Director
Rec. Parks & Historical Sites

Interpretation & Programs 

Ron Vanover
Rec. Parks & Historical Sites


Andrew Kasitz
Assistant Director
Resort Parks

Mailing Address

Kentucky Department of Parks

Mayo-Underwood Building – 5th Floor

500 Mero Street

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

Offered at Lake Barkley, Kenlake and Kentucky Dam Village state parks
Has authored books on Civil War, active in history organizations
Learn about frontier customs and traditions
16 Resort Parks Serving 10,000 Guests
37th Annual Event Scheduled for Oct. 18-20 in Boone County
Battle re-enactments, soldier camps, ghost walk and more planned
Learn about 18th century life at Fort Boonesborough
Arts, Music, Food, Kids Games and More
My Old Kentucky Home Awarded First Place for Historic Site
Musical instruments tell stories about traditions in Eastern Kentucky
Recommended for guides, outdoor groups, emergency medical personnel
Parks veteran Jack Winburn is new manager
Learn about life in late 18th and early 19th centuries
Chris Fugate, Chris Cary Named to Manager Positions
Kentucky State Parks Also Recognized for Preservation Support
Lodge pools, community pools and beaches available this summer
Races Also Planned at Yatesville Lake and Natural Bridge
First Weekend is May 18-19 at Barren River Lake
Up to 10 percent discounts available at 17 resort parks
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