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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 lodge offers 32 nice, clean rooms with full amenities, including two suites, one of which can be used as a hospitality center for meetings and family reunions. Open year-round.…
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
Columbus-Belmont is part of the Kentucky Great River Road, where you'll find exciting events and happenings in the four KY counties bordering the Mississippi River.Relax amid…
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 fieldstone lodge at this resort is named in honor of Jesse Hilton Stuart (1906-1984), Poet Laureate and native of Greenup County. Peruse Stuart’s works and personal mementos in…
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