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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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Big Bone Lick’s museum exhibits are fresh and new! The park, in cooperation with the Friends of Big Bone and the Cincinnati Museum Center, worked together to create and produce…
Northern Kentucky River Region
Northern Kentucky River Region
The perfect backdrop for your special event. Look no further than Blue Licks Battlefield SRP to create a comfortable, scenic, memorable day for you and your guests. Rich in…
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
Born in Virginia, Thomas Walker studied medicine and became a doctor but also speculated in land. He joined the Loyal Land Company, organized and led the first expedition through…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
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…
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
The 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 balcony or patio…
Northern Kentucky River Region
Northern Kentucky River Region
The Jesse Stuart Lodge has three meeting rooms that can be combined to accommodate large groups for general session meetings or separated for smaller meetings for 10-225 people.…
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
The 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 room, full kitchen,…
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ