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First Lady Jane Beshear unveils new equine campsites at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 19, 2011  
Contact Information:  Elizabeth Roach

DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear officially unveiled the new equine campsites at a grand opening ceremony at the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park today.

The eight wooded sites will allow campers with horses to spend the night and enjoy the more than 30 miles of horse trails in the adjacent Pennyrile State Forest.

“This addition to Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will make the grounds and surrounding area more attractive to horse owners,” Mrs. Beshear said. “The park will be a welcome addition to our list of adventure tourism opportunities in this part of Kentucky.”

The eight sites have electric, water and sewer hookups as well as hitching posts. The project also added an energy saving bathhouse and upgrades to four existing sites used by RV campers.

Joining Mrs. Beshear for the opening ceremony was Parks Commissioner Gerry van der Meer and Jenny Sewell, president of the Friends of Pennyrile Forest.

The Kentucky State Parks now have four campgrounds with equestrian campsites: Pennyrile Forest, Carter Caves, Dale Hollow Lake and Taylorsville Lake. The Kentucky State Parks operate 31 campgrounds across the state. For information and reservations, visit

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, Clifty Creek Restaurant, golf, mini-golf, gift shop, fishing and hiking trails.