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There’s plenty of history at Kentucky State Parks, including a dozen state historic sites that are part of the park system. These sites range from pre-historic animals and man to Revolutionary War and Civil War sites. Several historic homes are also on the list and open to the public, including Federal Hill at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, the iconic mansion that is the subject of the state song, “My Old Kentucky Home.” Many structures and landmarks located in KY state parks are on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Many historic sites offer special events such as battle re-enactments or other living history programs. Some of these sites charge an entry fee for tours. Check the park website for operating hours, special events, admission prices and other tourist information.

 

View the full list of historic Kentucky State Parks below and add a few to your trip itinerary!

Historic Parks

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Top Five Things to Do 1. Visit the Bison herd.2. Tour the museum and diorama pit. 3. Discover salt springs along one of 5 trails. 4. Camp overnight.5. Grab a Paleontology…
Northern Kentucky River Region
Northern Kentucky River Region
Top Five Things to Do1. Enjoy all you can eat menus to go or in the restaurant. 2. Enjoy mini golf as a family.3. Bring your canoe to the Licking River. 4. Hike historic trails of…
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
Groups appreciate the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life at the small, scenic park perched above the Mississippi River. The park’s modern activity…
Western Waterlands
Western Waterlands
Top Five Things to Do1. Visit a replica of the first Kentucky home.2. Play mini golf.3. Ride the giant slide.4. Enjoy kid-friendly recreation.5. Shop for gifts and T-shirts.Born in…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
Top Five Things To Do Stroll the original fort site of Daniel Boone and settlers.Shop for handmade pioneer items in the gift shop. Enjoy our wildly popular RV and tent…
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
Top Five Things To DoThe hilltop Butler Lodge is an attraction within itself. Listen to the piano and admire the Ohio River valley view. Each of the 53 rooms features a private…
Northern Kentucky River Region
Northern Kentucky River Region
The 36-room Jesse Stuart Lodge has five meeting rooms that can be combined to accommodate large groups for general session meetings or separated for smaller meetings for 10-225…
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians
Visit the smallest park in the park system where the ½-acre burial grounds of the Shelby family sits amid the peaceful countryside of Lincoln County. The stone-walled cemetery…
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
Top Five Things to DoJefferson Davis State Historic Site is a memorial to the Kentuckian born on this site on June 3, 1808. The monument is a 351-foot obelisk constructed on a…
Western Waterlands
Western Waterlands
Top Five Things to DoThe park has 5 1-bedroom cottages and 1 ADA-accessible 2-bedroom cottage. Each of the 1-bedroom cottages has a king-sized bed, pull-out sofa, fireplace, living…
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ