Department of Parks
Lake Barkley State Resort Park Offers Fall Backpacking Trips
CADIZ, Ky. -- Lake Barkley State Resort Park is offering two fall overnight backpacking trips on Nov. 3-4 and Nov. 17–18. These one-night, guided adventures are designed for those who lack the gear and experience of backcountry excursions.
“These trips offer an opportunity to learn the basics of backpacking and backcountry camping and a bit of history of the Land Between the Lakes region while enjoying the calm and beauty of our western Kentucky woods,” said Park Naturalist Jenny Howard.
As a part of Kentucky Department of Parks’ Backcountry Adventure Series, Lake Barkley provides participants with not only the experience, but also instruction on low impact camping, equipment selection and use, trip planning, and backpacking gear.
“We furnish the majority of gear needed for the trip so participants get a chance to try it out before investing blindly in an expensive backpack or tent.”
Participants must be 18 or over and able to walk 5-8 miles roundtrip carrying up to 30 pounds. Space is limited and registration is required. A registration fee of $75 per person includes use of equipment, instruction, and meals. These opportunities are provided in partnership with the USDA Forest Service’s Land Between the Lakes.
For more information on these trips, other upcoming events, or general information about Lake Barkley State Resort Park, call 1-800-325-1708.
Lake Barkley is the largest state resort park in Kentucky and features a lodge, cottages, the Windows on the Water Restaurant, a campground, 18-hole golf course, fitness center with indoor pool, marina, fishing, tennis courts, hiking trails, gift shop, and recreational and nature programming.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 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 http://www.parks.ky.gov