Fort Boonesborough State Park
- Miniature Golf
- Wildlife Viewing
When Daniel Boone and his men reached the Kentucky River on April 1, 1775, they quickly moved to establish Kentucky’s second settlement – the site still known as Fort Boonesborough. Fort Boonesborough has been reconstructed as a working fort complete with cabins, blockhouses and furnishings. 18th century life skills and period craft demonstrations bring history to life for all ages. New archaeological findings have supplied even more information which can be read about on the original fort’s new interpretive signage.
Things to Do
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.
Closed for winter season!!!
Open May 23, 2020 – Sept, 7, 2020
Hours Wednesday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Closed on Monday and Tuesday. Open Special Dates: Monday, May 25, 2020, and Monday, September 7, 2020.
Fees: Adults $6.50, Children (3-12) $4.25 and under 3 free.
Fort & Gift ShopFort 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.
Open: April 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020 the Fort is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday. Closed on Monday and Tuesday. Closed November-March.
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 Hummingbirds 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 166 sites with electricity and water hookups; 18 have full hookups. There are 2 central service buildings and 3 dump stations. An activities building can accommodate 150 people, and central service buildings provide 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 and pottery. Kentucky’s creative heritage is reflected in handmade furniture, candies, jams, sorghum and scarves. 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] .
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! Fee charged.
- Open daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. May-October.
- Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the off season.
- Fees: Adults $4.50; children (ages 3-12) $3.50; under 3 free.
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 free.
Three picnic shelters (one with restrooms), tables, grills and two playgrounds are located throughout the park for a perfect picnic outing.
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 1, 2020 - Oct. 31, 2020 -- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday. through Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
- 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
Fort Boonesborough Foundation
The mission of the Fort Boonesborough Foundation is to sustain, foster, and promote quality programming at Fort Boonesborough State Park. The majority of historical, craft, and educational programs at Fort Boonesborough are supported by funding from the foundation. Click here for more information and to visit their website.