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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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1. Visit the Bison herd.2. Tour the Museum and Diorama pit.3. Discover Salt Springs along the Big Bone Creek trail.4. Camp overnight.5. Grab a souvenir t-shirt.Big Bone Lick’s…
Northern Kentucky River Region
Northern Kentucky River Region
Top Five Things to Do1. Enjoy a visit to the Pioneer Museum.2. Find that special Kentucky Proud specialty item in our Gift Shop.3. Retrace the steps of Daniel Boone and the ancient…
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
1. Rest and Relax at the beautiful campground overlooking the Mississippi River2. Visit the park Snack Bar for the Best soft serve ice cream and Fantastic Quickie Dogs.3. Hike the…
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…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
Top Five Things To Do Stroll the original fort site of Daniel Boone and settlers.Visit with our living historians in the replica working Fort.Shop for handmade pioneer items…
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
Top Five Things To Do 1. Hike the Butler Lake Trail to explore CCC structures and native aquatic wildlife.2. View the Overlook at sunset to see the confluence of Ky and Oh…
Northern Kentucky River Region
Northern Kentucky River Region
Top Five Things to Do1. Enjoy Fall/Winter fishing on the beautiful 225 acre Lake2. Hike, bike or horseback ride in the Greenbo forest on one of the many trails3. Reserve a Lodge…
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
Jefferson 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 foundation of solid…
Western Waterlands
Western Waterlands
Top Five Things to Do1. Stay overnight in a quaint park cottage2. Visit the world class museum3. Explore the nature center4. Stroll the Audubon Wetlands boardwalk5. Enjoy hiking…
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ