Department of Parks
Kentucky State Parks Offer Many Events During April
FRANKFORT, Ky. – With spring here and the flowers and trees in bloom, the Kentucky State Parks are gearing up with plenty of outdoor events and activities.
Camping, hiking, canoeing, wildflowers, mountain biking, and more are all on the calendar for April at the Kentucky State Parks. And if you prefer to stay inside, our 17 resort parks all have great food at their restaurants and state park historic sites offer tours of historic homes, pioneer forts and other sites that tell about Kentucky’s past.
Camper Appreciation Weekend
Kentucky State Park Campgrounds will be open in April and campers can get two nights for the price of one during the weekend of April 24-26. Many parks are planning special events such as cookouts, children’s activities, and naturalist programs. Visit www.parks.ky.gov to find out more about campground events and to make reservations.
Earth Day and Earth Week
Week of April 18-26
Many state parks are planning special events related to Earth Day, which is on April 22. Events include clean up days, hikes, nature programs, geocaching, wildflower walks, and more. Check with your favorite park to see what’s on the calendar.
State Park Adventures
When it comes to adventure tourism, the Kentucky State Parks have something for you. Hiking, canoeing, fishing, camping, mountain biking and wildlife viewing -- these are just some of the activities you can take part in at a Kentucky State Park. Check www.parks.ky.gov to find out more about adventure
Easter Buffet – April 12
Our resort parks will be offering an Easter Buffet on April 12 from noon until 8 p.m. The menu includes choice roast beef carved on line, baked Kentucky country ham, roast leg of spring lamb, golden fried catfish, garden vegetables and a variety of desserts. The price for adults is $16.95, while children age 12 and under are $7.95 (prices include beverage).
Spring Fling Rates
Selected state resort parks are offering a $50 a night lodge room rate on Sunday through Thursday through may 21. The coupon is available at www.parks.ky.gov and is good at the following parks: Blue Licks Battlefield, Buckhorn Lake, Carter Caves, Greenbo Lake, Jenny Wiley, Kenlake, Pennyrile Forest, and Rough River. There are a limited number of rooms available for this offer.
The great spring weather is a perfect time for golf in Kentucky. The state parks have 19 courses across the state that offer great play and beautiful scenery. Four of our 18-hole courses -- Grayson Lake, Pine Mountain, Dale Hollow, Yatesville Lake -- have received national awards from Golf Digest as “Best New Affordable Public Courses.” The state parks also offer reasonably priced lodging and golf packages. Visit www.parks.ky.gov and click on “golf.”
Daniel Boone-Fort Boonesborough
This year is the 275th anniversary of the birth of Daniel Boone. To honor the famous explorer, Fort Boonesborough State Park near Richmond will be holding several special events. One of the first is Saturday, April 11, with the first “Boone at Noon” program. Curator Jerry Raisor will discuss “Daniel Boone and Land Acquisition” at noon. For more information about this and other Boone events call the park at 859-527-3131 or visit www.parks.ky.gov and look for the Daniel Boone logo at the bottom of the page.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 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 Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov