Department of Parks
State Parks Announce Camping Improvements, Changes for 2007

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 17, 2006  
Contact Information:  Gil Lawson
(502) 564-8110 Ext. 307

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Visitors to the 32 campgrounds operated by the Kentucky State Parks will see some changes and improvements in 2007.


The park system instituted a new voluntary reservation system for camping in 2006 and has received feedback on that subject as well as other issues, Parks Commissioner J.T. Miller said. Kentucky State Parks have more than 2,600 camp sites across the state.


The Department of Parks will also be spending $2.5 million this upcoming year on improvements at campgrounds across the state in the electrical and sewage systems and bath houses, as well as amenity and convenience improvements.


“We learned there was some confusion among local campers about whether we still welcome “walk-in” campers,” Miller said. “While the new reservation system provided a new capability to access our campgrounds, we want to make it clear that little has changed to hinder anyone that decides on the spur of the moment to go camping.”


The state parks “are very interested in trying to make our campgrounds better for our visitors and we think these changes for next year will please many campers who enjoy our parks,” Miller said.   “I want to make it clear to all Kentuckians that love camping,” Miller added, “Kentucky State Parks welcomes you.”


The changes for 2007 include:


  • The minimum stay for the holiday weekends of Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day has been reduced to three days at all parks. (Some parks previously had holiday minimum stays of up to 7 days).
  • There will be a maximum of four adult campers per site. The parks will continue not charging for children 16 years old and younger.
  • Reservations are suggested but not required. Reservations are not taken by ReserveAmerica 48 hours prior to arrival. Walk-ins are welcome, just as they have always been.
  • Computers have been installed at all campgrounds to assist with check in and customer service. For camping reservations, call 1-888-459-7275 or go to


For most sites, rates will remain the same as in 2006. There will be some rate increases at sites where significant improvements are made. 


Kentucky State Park campgrounds feature sites with water and electric services that cost between $17 and $27 a night. Unimproved sites for tent camping are $12 a night. Most campgrounds are open from April 1 through Oct. 31. A few remain open year-round with limited services. Those open this winter are: Kentucky Dam Village, John James Audubon, Big Bone Lick, Carter Caves, Fort Boonesborough, General Butler, Levi Jackson, Paintsville Lake, and Taylorsville Lake.


Reservations are accepted for up to a year in advance for camp sites. For more information, go to





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 Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at