Department of Parks
Kentucky State Parks Remain Open During Winter With Many Events Planned

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 14, 2014  
Contact Information:  Gil Lawson,
502-564-4270, ext 168


FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky State Parks will be open this winter with a busy schedule of outdoor and indoor events.


These events include wildlife viewing weekends for elk, eagles, sandhill cranes, the Winter Adventure Weekend Jan. 23-25 at Carter Caves State Resort Park, a Family Adventure Weekend at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Jan. 16-18 and 5K races. There are more than 250 miles of hiking trails at Kentucky State Parks.


For those who like to stay inside, there are special events planned for a Thanksgiving Day buffet, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, dinner theaters, and two indoor pools – at Lake Cumberland and Lake Barkley State Resort Parks. The parks’ historic homes will also have special Christmas tours.


“Winter remains a busy time with many special events at our state parks,” Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker said. “Many groups hold meetings and holiday gatherings at our park facilities during the winter months.”


All 17 resort parks will be open every weekend all winter and will be serving the annual Thanksgiving Day buffet. The winter schedule will take effect the week of Nov. 17.


Seven resort parks lodges will remain open seven days a week. They are: Cumberland Falls, General Butler, Jenny Wiley, Kentucky Dam Village, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland and Natural Bridge. The other 10 resort parks will have lodges and restaurants open Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch from mid-November through March 8. Groups interested in lodging, meals and meeting space should call the parks’ sales department to check on availability. All resort parks will be open seven days a week starting March 9, 2015.


Cottages at all resort parks are available for rental seven days a week.


The park system’s golf courses remain open, weather permitting. Six park campgrounds will also remain open during winter months: Carter Caves, Columbus-Belmont, Fort Boonesborough, General Butler, Paintsville Lake and Levi Jackson.


For more information about park hours and special events, visit or call 1-800-255-7275.







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