Department of Parks
Kentucky State Parks Hosting Easter Weekend Events
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky State Parks will be serving their annual Easter buffets April 5, and several parks are planning other special events.
The menu includes beef carved on the line, baked country ham, golden fried catfish and hushpuppies. The meal will also include fresh fruit, a cheese bar, garden vegetables, salad and desserts.
Several parks are planning egg hunts and other activities for guests. For more information, or to make lodging reservations, visit www.parks.ky.gov. Here are Easter weekend events (all times are local):
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet
Children’s Egg Hunt, April 4
Over 2,000 eggs filled with candy will be hidden for girls and boys under the age of 12 to hunt. There will be four different age categories for children: 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Eggs for each category will be hidden in different locations surrounding the Pioneer Museum. Prizes awarded for those who find the first-, second- and third-place eggs and “special” eggs in each category. In cooperation with the Robertson County Tourism Commission, there will be two different hunts on the morning of April 4. At 11 a.m., age groups 0-2 and 3-5 (Sponsored by the Robertson County Tourism Commission). This hunt will be at the public pool ball field. At 11:30 a.m., age groups 6-8 and 9-12 (Sponsored by Blue Licks and the Blue Licks Commemorative Commission). This hunt will be at the historic battlefield in front of the Pioneer Museum. Call 859-289-5507.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
Easter Egg Hunt, April 5
The Easter bunny will be present at Buckhorn Lake as several hundred eggs filled with candy will be hidden for girls and boys the age of 12 and under. There will be different age categories and eggs will be hidden in different areas on the Marina Road. Easter bags with toys in them will be given out as well. The hunt will start at 2:30 p.m. Call 1-606-398-7510 for more information.
Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
Easter Weekend Getaway, April 3-5
Carter Caves will have family-oriented programs throughout the weekend. Events include egg coloring, scavenger hunting, a wildflower walk and other fun activities. On Easter Sunday, the park is serving the Easter buffet. The annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Carter Caves Homemakers – with over 1,000 eggs for children 12 and under – starts at 2 p.m. at the welcome center. Tours of Cascade and X-cave will be on a regular schedule. Call 1-606-286-4411.
Grayson Lake State Park, Grayson
Easter Crafts, Contest and Eggs, April 3-4
Campers at Grayson Lake begin decorating their campsite April 3 for the campsite decorating contest. Easter crafts at the campground shelter will be 3-4 p.m. The Easter egg hunt is Saturday, April 4, starting at noon. Age groups are 2 and under, 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12. Campsite decorating contest winners will be announced. Call 606-474-2553.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Easter Egg Hunt, April 4
It is a hopping good time at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park campground! Children age 12 and under are invited to come look for all the eggs hidden throughout the campground. We will have three age groups and 6,000 eggs along with prize eggs! You will have the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny and have your photo with him. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and there will be separate areas for different age groups. This event is free. Call 606-889-1790.
John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
Eggstravaganza, March 28
Bring kids ages 3-7 for a hopping good time at the annual Eggstravaganza, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Audubon Museum. Children will enjoy Funny Bunnies Art, storytelling, live bunnies and Easter snacks. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. The fee is $7. Contact Kim McGrew-Liggett 270-827-1893 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Little Rembrandts - Funny Bunnies Art, April 3
Cherish those creative moments with your little Rembrandts at John James Audubon Museum. Art classes will meet once a month on Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m., with a variety of themes and art materials. Dress for a mess and discover the world of Art with Miss Kim. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. The fee is $5. Contact Kim McGrew-Liggett, email@example.com or 270-827-1893.
Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora
Egg Hunt, April 5
Kenlake State Resort Park is hosting an Easter egg hunt on the front lawn of the Kenlake Hotel, April 5 at 2 p.m. Eggs will be stuffed with prizes for girls and boys in age categories 2 and under, 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance during the festivities. Enjoy breakfast in the Aurora Landing Restaurant from 7-10 a.m. and the Easter buffet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 270-474-2211.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Egg-ceptional Egg Hunt, April 5
Lake Barkley’s Windows on the Water Restaurant will offer its annual Easter buffet from noon-8 p.m. April 5. That afternoon, more than 3,000 eggs will be part of the park’s Egg-ceptional Egg Hunt! The Easter Bunny arrives at the fitness center at 2:30 p.m., and the egg hunt starts at 3 p.m., also at the fitness center. From toddlers to teenagers, bring your baskets and gather some goodies. The egg hunt is sponsored by employees of Lake Barkley State Resort Park and Friends of Lake Barkley SRP Inc. Call 270-924-1131.
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown
Easter Egg Hunt, April 4
Several thousand eggs filled with candy or toys will be hidden for girls and boys under the age of 13. There will be different age categories, and eggs will be hidden in different areas for each category in the disc golf course area. Prizes will be awarded. The hunt will start at 1 p.m. at the disc golf course’s first hole. Call 1-270-343-3111.
Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg
Community Egg Hunt, April 4
The entire community is invited to the park at noon to take part in a long-running Harrodsburg tradition! Children up to 12 years old can search for eggs and candies hidden in the grass and compete in great fun and games. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Harrodsburg. Kids can have pictures made with the Easter Bunny. Call 859-734-3314.
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
Easter Eggcitement, April 5
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park invites you to enjoy the Easter buffet served noon to 8 p.m. Get pictures with the kids and the Easter Bunny at 1:30 p.m. ($2 per photo) and then take part in the free Easter egg hunt at 2:30 p.m. at the lodge. Events will be held rain or shine. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Pennyrile. Call 270-797-3421.
Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville
Kiwanis Egg Hunt, April 4
The Pineville Kiwanis Club will be hosting its annual Easter egg hunt at Pine Mountain State Resort Park on Saturday, April 4, from noon-2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Some 1,500 eggs will be filled with candy and hidden in the cove. There will also be prizes for kids. Grilled hot dogs, chips, drink and dessert will be served. The Easter buffet will be served Sunday. Call 606-337-3066.
Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
Easter Eggstravaganza, April 4
Make plans to attend Rough River Dam State Resort Park’s giant egg hunt on April 4 starting at 2 p.m. Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. More than 5,000 eggs for children in age groups 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 will be hidden. Bring a camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. Easter buffet on Sunday. Call 270-257-2311.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov