Department of Parks
Family Adventure Weekend at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Jan. 16-18

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 05, 2014  
Contact Information:  Becky Clark,

DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. – Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is offering a chance to get outside this winter with its first Family Adventure Weekend, Jan. 16-18.


Guests may participate in several outdoor activities, including archery, geocaching, mountain biking (must bring your own bike), bird-watching, hiking, canoeing or kayaking, tree identification, orienteering and horseback riding (must bring your own horse). There will also be an astronomy program Friday night and music on Saturday night.


By registering, you will be able to select three activities to participate in – two on Saturday and one on Sunday. The fee is $15 a person. The registration form is due by Jan. 9, 2015, and is available at


Guests will be responsible for appropriate dress, water, snacks and other items. All trips are considered beginning level since this is a family weekend event.


There will be special lodge discounts and the campground will be open for group camping. For more information, contact the park naturalist at or 1-800-325-1711.


The rustic wood and stone Pennyrile Lodge, with 24 rooms, sits serenely on a high cliff overlooking Pennyrile Lake. Open year-round, the park has 12 cottages in the wooded lodge area and on the lake’s shores. The restaurant seats 200, including a private dining room for up to 80. The park also has an 18-hole golf course with a pro shop, riding carts, pull carts and rental clubs. The course is open year-round, weather permitting. The park also offers hiking trails, fishing, basketball, tennis and horse campsites that are available year-round.






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


The Kentucky State Parks are part of Gov. Steve Beshear’s effort to improve the health of all Kentuckians. The Governor launched kyhealthnow as an aggressive and wide-ranging initiative to significantly reduce incidence and deaths from Kentucky’s dismal health rankings and habits. It builds on Kentucky’s successful implementation of health care reform and uses multiple strategies – including participation in outdoor activities at state parks -- over the next several years to improve the state’s collective health. Visit