Kentucky Tourism

Pennyrile Forest Dawson Springs, KY


Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
20781 Pennyrile Lodge Rd.
Dawson Springs, KY 42408
Park Manager: Peter Bowles
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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 11:00am, local time. We are now pet friendly! Click here to review our pet policy.  Other lodging options include cottage rentals and camping sites. Camping check-in is 1:00 P.M. and camping check-out is noon. No more than two pets are allowed per room/cottage. For Winter schedule for 2019-2020, visit

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.

Click here for photos and reservation information.



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.



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.

Click here to visit Pennyrile Forest's Meetings site.

Clifty Creek Restaurant

Sit back and enjoy the peaceful surroundings while checking the new menu, which features traditional Kentucky cuisine, such as, country fried chicken, farm raised catfish and the famous hot brown.

This state park restaurant seats 200, including a private dining room for up to 80. As a supporter of Kentucky Proud program we utilize locally grown meats and produce when available. Pennyrile Forest is one of nine parks featured along the Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail. Click here to see the featured meal representing the region 'Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue' available now through October 31, 2018.  

2019 Restuarant Hours:
Breakfast 7am-10am
Lunch 11am-3pm
Dinner 4Pm-7pm Sun –Thurs
Dinner 4-8 Friday and Saturday
Continue through Memorial day weekend

Winter schedule
Jan. 1- March 3, 2020
Friday: Lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Dinner 4-8 p.m.
Saturday: Breakfast 7-10 a.m., Lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner 4-8 p.m.
Sunday: Breakfast 7-10 a.m., Lunch 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Thursday only: Senior bingo lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Closed: Monday-Wednesday



Through the dedicated work of our state park naturalists, Kentucky State Parks protect and preserve the natural beauty of Kentucky.

Check out Pennyrile Forest State Park's Facebook page for more information.


It's "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. Click here for more info!