Kentucky Tourism

Saint Patrick's Day Celebrations

Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with Kentucky State Parks! Several parks are hosting activities or special meals over Saint Patrick's Day weekend. Continue scrolling down for a look at what's happening.

A Taste of Ireland Buffet: March 17
Pine Mountain State Resort Park
A Taste Of Ireland Buffet returns to Pine Mountain State Resort Park! Back by popular demand, one of last year's new additions is back in 2018. Join us for an incredible menu featuring stuffed leg of lamb, apple and brown sugar corned beef, shepherd's pie and more, at a fantastic price-- $19 a person, $10 for ages 12 and under. Dinner is served from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. For more information call 606-337-3066.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: March 17
John James Audubon State Park
John James Audubon State Park is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with specials at the Museum, Gift Shop, and Golf Course. On Saturday, March 17th 2018, wear green and receive free museum admission. Enjoy “Shamrock baked goods” at the Gift Shop and receive 20% off anything green in the store and 10% off any item in the store. At the golf course, wear green and play 18-holes for the price of 9 (standard cart fees apply); and receive 20% off anything green in the Pro Shop Store. 

The museum and gift shop are open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 17th 2018. The Golf Course is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Cumberland Falls Storytelling Weekend
: March 16-17 
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
The whole family can kick back and enjoy storytellers spin tales about life in the Appalachian Foothills.  The weekend kicks off Friday evening at 8 pm with a ghost  story session.  On Saturday storytellers will take the stage throughout the day.  The weekend will come to a close with a Saturday evening concert at 8:00 pm.  Cost of the entire weekend is $25.00 per person.  Tickets will be sold at the door.  

Overnight weekend package is available for $149.00 per person.  Special weekend package includes:  Two nights lodging, dinner Friday, breakfast, lunch, & dinner on Saturday,  Breakfast on Sunday, admission to all sessions and concerts.  

For more information contact Bret Smitley at the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park at 606-528-4121.

St. Patrick's Weekend: March 16-18
Fort Boonesborough State Park
Everyone is Irish this weekend. We will have scheduled times for a shamrock hunt, camper decoration contest, treasure hunt, NCAA basketball on the satellite TV, free putt-putt, free historic tours and lots more. There is a free continental breakfast on Sunday. This event is for registered campers only. For information please call (859) 527-3454 or e-mail

Appalachian Heritage Wild Game Feast:
March 17
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Come out for the popular Appalachian Heritage Wild Game Feast Buffet at the Hemlock Lodge’s Sandstone Arches Restaurant here at Natural Bridge!  The buffet will be served from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Adults $22.95, Children (ages 6-12) $10.95, Children (ages 5 & under) free.  The buffet will include the following items:

Carved Bison Round
Carved Roast Elk
Bison Ribs
Buffalo Meatloaf
Buffalo Burgers with all the Toppings
Fried Chicken
Fried Catfish
Venison and Rabbit Burgoo
Snapping Turtle soup
Pinto beans
Redskin and corn boil
Green beans
Rolls & cornbread
Assortment of desserts including Baked Alaska  

For more information call: 606-663-3575. 

Natural Bridge Trail Trek Series: March 17
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
This trek series is comprised of individual guided treks that range in distance from 4-8 miles. On each date, a unique route through Natural Bridge State Resort Park will be hiked. All treks depart at 9am from the Hemlock Lodge lobby. This is a great way to experience all the trails at Natural Bridge throughout the year! Pre-registration is required. The cost is $8/person/trek. Children 10-17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call: 606-663-3575. 

Spring Cleaning Park Cleanup Day:
March 17
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Spring is just around the corner, and it's time to get the park cleaned up for the season! Come out and join other outdoor-loving volunteers and lend a hand to help make Kentucky Dam Village shine for spring. We'll pick up garbage in several areas around the park, prune branches on trails, and do other projects as needed. After an active morning, relax with a chili social to celebrate your good work. We welcome both individuals and groups to participate. We ask groups to please contact Recreation Supervisor Aviva Yasgur in advance at 270-362-9205 or Wear appropriate clothing, shoes, and gloves for working outdoors. Meet in the lodge lobby at 9:00 a.m. to get started. 

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, March 17
Blue Lick Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet
Enjoy a buffet dinner to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Blue Licks Battlefield. Heath and Molly will provide music and dancing from 6-8 p.m. Half-priced drinks and appetizers will also be served 6-8 p.m. The buffet, which will include some Irish dishes, will be served from 4-8 p.m. The buffet is $14.50 plus tax. Children ages 5 and under are free. Call 859-289-5507.

Operation Clean Sweep: March 17
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
Calling all helping hands to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park on March 17, for the annual cleanup, known as Operation Clean Sweep. Volunteers should meet at the convention center parking lot at 9:00 a.m., pickup begins at 9:30 a.m. All volunteers who collect a minimum of two bags of trash will receive a special t-shirt, plus those who participate are invited to attend the cookout starting at noon. This event is FREE and open to the public! For more information call: 606-889-1790. 

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, March 17
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
Visit Dewey's Bar and Grill for a St. Patrick's Day celebration! There will be appetizers, drink specials, live music, a treasure hunt, and more! The treasure hunt starts at 6 p.m. and the winner receives a certificate for a one night stay in a cottage! Music starts at 7 p.m. by Bek and Starlight Revue. A Leprechaun Look-a-Like contest will be at 8 p.m. The winner receives $100 (must be at least 5 participants). Call 606-889-1790.

26th Irish Classic 10K
: March 17
E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park 
Lace up those running shoes and make your way to E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park! Register online from January 1, 2018 to March 14, 2018.

Registration runs from February 10, 2018 - March 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. - $30/registrant
Day-Of-Race Registration runs from 7:00 a.m to 8:30 a.m., March 17, 2018 - $35/registrant
All mail-in entries are determined by postmark - no exceptions!
Sorry, entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Race packets and T-shirts* will be available for pick-up the day of the race between 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
* Early registration guarantees an event t shirt, all other levels are first come, first served.

The Irish Classic 10K Start/ Finish line is located outside of the main Activities Building. The course runs on the roads surrounding E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

Race begins (and ends) at the flag pole in front of the Activities Building.
It will turn right, onto the fitness trail, then left into the grass field just past the fitness equipment.
You’ll run across the fitness trail, headed towards the tennis court facility. Follow the course along Freys Hill rd to the BMX track’s parking lot. Head into the parking lot, and veer onto the park access rd towards the old Central State Hospital cemeteries. "Scope" out the Louisville Astronomical Society’s class room as you pass the right side of the root cellar, and continue onto the gravel path leading to the cemeteries. At the cemeteries, you’ll turn left onto the Goose Creek Trail, and then veer left onto the mowed pathway that leads down a hill to a clearing. Head right at the clearing, towards the creek. Then turn left onto a gravel park access road, straight to a paved access road. From here, you’ll turn right on the paved road then, turn left into the meadow area on the south side of the park and follow grass pathways along the creek and to the fence line along Lakeland Rd. This will lead you to the Sawyer Hayes Community Center parking lot, where you’ll travel past the large stones towards the picnic shelter #3. Enter the paved road through the gate and follow this road to the turn around point. Course goes back same way it came to the finish line. Course maps and descriptions are available to download here, can be emailed, and can be picked up in the recreation office at the activities building.

Prizes are awarded in the following categories:
Overall Male
Overall Female
Top (2) finishers in each age group (Male/ Female):
*15 and Under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44,45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65 and Over.

For more info call 502-429-7270.