Department of Parks
Kentucky State Parks Offers Annual Easter Buffet and Other Events
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky State Parks will be serving the annual Easter buffet on April 8, and several parks are planning other special events.
All 17 resort parks will be serving the buffet from noon until 8 p.m. (local time). The menu includes beef carved on the line, baked country ham, golden fried catfish and hushpuppies. The meal will also include fresh fruit, a cheese bar, garden vegetables, salad and desserts.
The price for adults is $18.49 and children (12 and under) are $8.49, not including tax. The price includes a beverage.
Several parks are planning egg hunts and other activities for guests. For more information, or to make lodging reservations, visit www.parks.ky.gov.
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet
Easter Egg Hunt, April 7
More than 2,000 eggs filled with candy or toys will be hidden for children under the age of 12 to find. There will be four age categories for children: 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Eggs for each category will be hidden in different locations surrounding the Pioneer Museum. Prizes will be awarded to those who find the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place eggs and special eggs in each category. The egg hunt will begin at 11 a.m. in front of the Pioneer Museum. The event is sponsored by the Blue Licks Commemorative Commission. Call 1-800-443-7008.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
Easter Egg Hunt, April 8
Buckhorn Scenic Trail Association, along with Coal Mining Our Future, Ponderosa, Coal Country Power Sports, Wal-Mart and Perry County Tourism are sponsoring an Easter egg hunt at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park. This event starts at 2:30 p.m. and is free to all children 12 and under. Children will be divided into age groups. Along with plastic eggs filled with goodies and surprises, there will be drawings for bikes, Easter baskets and a huge bunny. The Buckhorn Scenic Trail Association will take pictures of the children with the Easter bunny. These pictures will be available at Gordon’s Photo Center in Hazard afterwards. There will also be a table set up for face painting, with four designs to choose from. Call 1-800-325-0058.
Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
Easter Weekend Getaway, April 7-8
Carter Caves State Resort Park will have family-oriented programs during the weekend such as Easter egg coloring, canoeing, a wildflower walk and more. On April 8, the traditional buffet will be served at the restaurant and an Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Carter County Homemakers with over 1,000 eggs will be held for children ages 12 and under. The egg hunt starts at 2 p.m. at the Welcome Center. Tours of Cascade and X-Cave will be on a regular schedule. Call 1-800-325-0059.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin
Egg Hunt, April 8
On Easter Sunday, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park will host a 1,000-egg hunt behind the community pool for children ages 10 and under. There will be separate areas for three different age groups. Prizes will be awarded. Gates open at 2 p.m.; egg hunt starts at 2:30 p.m. Call 1-800-325-0063.
Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond
Easter Fest, April 5-8
Join Fort Boonesborough State Park for bingo, Easter crafts, an Easter egg hunt, free mini-golf, camper decoration contests, college basketball games on TV and much more. Free continental breakfast on Sunday. These events are for campers only. Call 859-527-3131.
Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg
Community Easter Egg Hunt, April 7
The Harrodsburg Kiwanis Club will hold its egg hunt at Fort Harrod State Park from 10 a.m. to noon. The day will include games, eggs and a visit by the Easter bunny. Call 859-734-3314.
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup
Claylick Loop Hike, April 7
Explore one of the newest trails at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, the seven-mile Claylick Loop. This moderate trek leads into the backcountry of the third-largest state park, following ridgelines past giant oaks and several rock shelters. The hike begins at 9 a.m. Meet at the Jesse Stuart Lodge, where we will depart for the trailhead. There is a $10 registration fee that will include a souvenir. Hikers are responsible for their own snacks and water. Call 1-800-325-0083.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Easter Egg Hunt, April 7
Children 12 and under are invited to attend a free Easter egg hunt at the Jenny Wiley Campground. Each child should be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and the children will be divided by age groups. Call 1-800-325-0142.
John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
“Eggstravaganza”, March 31
Join John James Audubon State Park for its annual “Eggstravaganza” from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring those little “bunnies.” ages 3-8, for a hoppin’ good time at the John James Audubon Museum. Everyone will receive rabbit ears upon registration and Miss Kim will have a fun-filled morning of “Funny Bunnies Art”, storytelling with professional story teller Mary Jo Huff, and Miss Debbi from Equestrian Enterprises will be bringing a special furry guest. There will be lots of Easter snacks and “Eggstra” surprises in store for all the little tots. Pre-registration is required and children must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $7. Call Kim McGrew-Liggett at the Audubon Museum, 270-827-1893.
Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora
Easter Weekend Package, April 6-8
An Easter break may be “EGGS-ACTLY” what your family needs! Spend the afternoon fishing from the bank or hiking the nature trails at Kenlake State Resort Park during Easter weekend. The park is offering a package – two nights in the lodge and continental breakfast for two for $89.95. Or try a one-bedroom cottage for two nights and continental breakfast for two for $189.95. The Easter buffet will be offered on Sunday, April 8, from noon to 8 p.m. The cost is $18.49 for adults and $8.49 for children. The park will host an Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. on Sunday on the front lawn of the lodge, for children 12 and under. Prizes will be awarded for different age categories. Boat rental and golf are available for additional fees. Call 1-800-325-0143.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Egg-ceptional Egg Hunt, April 8
On April 8, Windows on the Water Restaurant at Lake Barkley State Resort Park will offer its annual Easter buffet from noon until 8 p.m., with choice beef carved on the line, country ham, golden fried catfish, garden veggies and much more! Lake Barkley showers the fields with eggs in our Egg-ceptional Egg Hunt beginning at 3 p.m. at the Lake Barkley Fitness Center. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance at 2:30 p.m., so don’t forget your camera! From toddlers to teenagers, bring your baskets and gather some goodies. This egg hunt is sponsored by employees of Lake Barkley State Park and Friends of Lake Barkley SRP Inc. Call 1-800-325-1708.
Lake Malone State Park, Dunmor
Egg Hunt, April 7
Friends of Lake Malone State Park will hold an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 7, at 10 a.m. Have your photo taken with the Easter bunny. The egg hunt is free; a fee will be charged for photos. For more information, call Roger Griffin, 270-657-3111, or Patricia Obenchain, 270-657-8261.
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
Easter Eggcitement, April 8
Make Easter “egg-citing” at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park! The annual Easter buffet will be served from noon to 8 p.m. Easter bunny photos will be at 1:30 p.m. in the lodge ($2 per photo). A free Easter egg hunt will be at 2:30 p.m. at the lodge rain or shine. Call 1-800-325-1711.
Rough River Dam State Resort Park , Falls of Rough
Eggstravaganza, April 7
The Friends of Rough River Lake will present Easter 2012 EGGSTRAVAGANZA on Saturday, April 7. Beginning at 2 p.m., the Friends will host a giant Easter egg hunt, with over 3,000 eggs hidden. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m., with participants divided into four age groups: 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. On Easter Sunday, bring the family to Grayson’s Landing Restaurant to enjoy a delicious Easter meal featuring all the traditional favorites. Lunch begins at noon. Call 1-800-325-1713 for more details.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 51 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 http://www.parks.ky.gov