Fort Boonesborough Things To Do
Lots of Wild Turkeys nest on the park. Nesting pairs of Pileated Woodpeckers and Red-tailed Hawks; over-flights of Sandhill Cranes during migration; large roosts of Vultures in winter months; large numbers of Chimney Swifts in summer months at the fort; Ruby-throated Hummingbiirds in/near the fort in summer; and winter concentrations of Dark-eyed Juncos.
Launching ramps are available in the park for your access to a fun-filled day on the river.
Enjoy camping on the banks of the Kentucky River. The campground offers 167 sites with electricity and water hookups. An activities building can accommodate 150 people, and a central service building provides showers, rest rooms, and laundry facilities. WiFi available. There is a small grocery at the check-in area. Open year-round. Restrooms and water fill-up available year-round. Four pull-throughs open year-round. Call 859-527-3454 or email: [email protected] with inquiries.
With an abundance of bluegill, bass, and catfish, fishing is a favorite pastime on the Kentucky River. A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Click here to purchase a license online at KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources. We also loan out fishing poles at the campground grocery store.
Items produced right on the fort grounds include lye soap, hand dipped candles, pottery and hand sewn quilts. Kentucky’s creative heritage is reflected in handmade furniture, candies, jams, sorghum and scarves from Churchill Weavers. The book collection includes books on the fort’s founder and legendary Kentuckian Daniel Boone and for those that enjoy Kentucky cooking, cookbooks containing recipes from groundhog to watermelon pickles. For the young and young at heart, coon skin caps, toy rifles and tomahawks, sling shots and stick horses can all be found. Email us at [email protected] .
Gift Shop closed November through March.
Just over a half mile of waking trails are just enough to get away from the hubbub. A .25-mile paved Fort Trail begins at the fort and comes out in the parking lot across from the pool.
The Halley Home Site Trail, a short connector trail between the other two, is named for the Halley’s who built a large house on the property in the late 1790’s. The house is gone but several hidden signs of the old rock foundation remain. The Halley’s are buried on the park.
The Pioneer Forage Trail, connecting the campground to the fort, is a little over a quarter mile. It follows very briefly a section of rock wall from the Halley farm and some wagon road remnants. It also follows, for some distance, Spring Run Branch, a small stream that was named by the settlers and played a role in the siege of 1778. In the spring, wildflowers liven up the landscape.
An 18-hole, miniature golf course is the perfect way for your family to play together as well as test your putting skills!
Open daily 8AM to 10PM May-October.
Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM in the off season.
The Kentucky River Museum, a newer addition to Fort Boonesborough State Park, provides visitors with insight into the lives of families who lived on the river and worked the locks and dams in the 1900s.
Visit fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org for more about the story of the development of commerce on the river and the Kentucky River Museum.
•Open Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. .
•Admission to the Kentucky River Museum is included in the price of admission to the Fort.
Three picnic shelters (one with rest rooms), tables, grills and a playground are located throughout the park for a perfect picnic outing.
A junior Olympic-size swimming pool features a misty fountain, and children’s area. While at the pool enjoy your favorite treats from the snack bar! Lifeguard-protected. Open weekends only (Wednesday - Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.) though Labor Day.
***Pool will be OPEN for use on Labor Day***
Ages 3 to 12: $4
13 & up: $6
Fort Tours: Fort Boonesborough has been reconstructed as a working fort complete with cabins, blockhouses and furnishings. Resident artisans perform craft demonstrations and give modern-day visitors a true sense of what life was like for pioneers in Kentucky. Email us at [email protected]
•Fort Open April 5 - Oct 31, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wed. through Sunday
•Closed Nov. - March
•$8 adults, $5 children (6 to 12) Admission to Kentucky River Museum is included
•Children under 6 free
•Student group of ten or more $3.00
•Adult group of ten of more $6.00 each