Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Two Kentucky State Parks Receive Three-Diamond Rating From AAA

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 26, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Kentucky Dam Village and Cumberland Falls recognized

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park and Cumberland Falls State Resort Park will receive a three-diamond rating from the American Automobile Association (AAA) – an upgrade from the two-diamond rating all state resort parks received last year.

The new rating for the resort parks will appear in the 2008 AAA tour books, which come out later this year, and on the organization’s Web site in a few weeks.

“Kentucky has some of the best state parks in the country,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “A three-diamond rating confirms that our accommodations for visitors to Kentucky Dam Village and Cumberland Falls are first-rate. We have made parks a priority and now it’s paying off.”

According to the AAA, a three-diamond rating means the establishment appeals “to the traveler with comprehensive needs. Properties are multifaceted with a distinguished style, including marked upgrades in the quality of physical attributes, amenities, and level of comfort provided.”

The rating system is based on an evaluation of six areas – management and staff; housekeeping and maintenance; exterior, grounds and public areas; room décor, ambience and amenities; bathrooms; and guest services.

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park at Gilbertsville is undergoing a $4.3 million renovation of its 72 lodge rooms and its conference center. The rooms are getting new wall, ceiling and floor finishes, wood doors and frames, and new mechanical, furniture, electrical and plumbing fixtures. Work is scheduled to be completed by May 1.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin underwent a renovation project in 2006. More than $2 million was spent to modernize the 52 rooms inside DuPont Lodge, remodel the public areas of the lodge and to make improvements around the visitor area at the falls, one of the most scenic areas in the state.

“Kentucky Dam Village and Cumberland Falls have long been among the more popular resort properties of Kentucky Department of Parks,” said Kentucky Parks Commissioner J.T. (Jerry) Miller. “With this designation, they are being recognized for the work that’s been done to make them even more attractive to tourists. It is a very important part of our strategy to upgrade the largest revenue producing parks in the park system.”

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, campground, 18-hole golf course, restaurant, gift shop, and marina. Cumberland Falls has a lodge, cottages, campground, restaurant, gift shop and 20 miles of hiking trails.

Kentucky Dam Village and Cumberland Falls are the first state resort parks to be rated as a three-diamond resort since AAA revised its rating system in 2001 to reflect changes that were being made across the lodging industry. For example, coffeemakers, hair dryers, ironing boards and larger television sets were becoming more common and AAA revised its ratings system to reflect those changes.  In 2003, only four of the 17 state resort parks were listed in the 2003 AAA Tour Book. Once these basic improvements were made, all resorts were determined to be two-diamond resorts by AAA.

During the Fletcher administration, Kentucky State Parks started offering wireless Internet service at all lodges, introduced online reservations, added electronic locks, hair dryers and other amenities at the resort parks.