Department of Parks
Thanksgiving Buffet at Kentucky State Parks by the Numbers

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 29, 2014  
Contact Information:  Gil Lawson,
502-564-4270, ext 168

FRANKFORT, Ky. – What has 2,000 pounds of turkey, 1,500 pounds of sweet potatoes and 750 pounds of country ham? Don’t forget the 4,300 pieces of fried chicken, the 1,300 pounds of roast beef and 12,000 rolls.


Answer: The Kentucky State Parks’ Thanksgiving Day buffet at the park system’s 17 resort parks across the state.


The parks have hosted the buffet for more than four decades and usually serve about 10,000 customers on Thanksgiving Day.


The buffet will be served starting at noon on Thursday, Nov. 27.


The buffet will include soups, cheeses and salads for starters. Entrees include turkey and dressing, baked ham, carved roast beef and fried chicken. Vegetables include old-fashioned candied yams, country-style green beans and mashed potatoes with giblet gravy. 


The cost for the buffet will be $18.49 plus tax (drink included) for adults; $8.49 for children ages 6-12; and children 5 and under are free.


Save some room for dessert! The parks will be baking 340 pies – including pecan and pumpkin.


(Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park will be offering a reduced buffet)


For more information on the Thanksgiving Day buffet and other state park events, visit




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