Department of Parks
Derby Weekend at Pennyrile Forest May 2-3

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 06, 2015  
Contact Information:  Peter Bowles,


DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. – Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is offering guests a chance to celebrate the Kentucky Derby at the park with a special Derby Weekend Package May 2-3.


The package includes one nights’ lodging, a dinner buffet Saturday night, watching the big race on television, a Derby hat contest, music from DJ Brandon Burke and a dance Saturday evening. A Sunday morning country ham buffet is also included.


The package is $150 plus tax for two people. Golf discounts are also available during the weekend.


For information and reservations, call Donnie Jones at 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 resort is 20 miles northwest of Hopkinsville, on KY 109 North. Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is approximately 8 miles south of Dawson Springs. Take Exit 92 on Interstate 69.




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