Department of Parks
Plenty Of State Park Events For Fall Break
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Many students across Kentucky will be out on fall break over the next few weeks and their parents will be looking for something to do. The Kentucky State Parks have a few suggestions.
October is a busy month at most state parks with plenty of outdoor activities and fall color to enjoy. There are Civil War battles, guided hikes, elk viewing tours, special camping programs and more. For details, visit the Kentucky State Park web site at www.parks.ky.gov
Later in October, many state parks and campsites will be holding Halloween events; see the web site calendar for October for details. Here are a few examples of what’s coming up in the next few weeks that would make great fall break trips:
Battle of Perryville, Oct. 6-7, Perryville: The 145th Commemoration of the Battle of Perryville will bring a host of new experiences to the public. The commemoration weekend will feature a Civil War concert with the 2nd South Carolina String Band on Saturday evening at and battles both Saturday and Sunday at Guests can also learn to be a soldier. The “In the Line of Battle” program is for guests 13 and older and starts at on Sunday for $4 a person. Gates open both days. Call Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site at 859-332-8631 for information.
Civil War Days at Columbus, Oct. 12-14, Columbus: The weekend will include battle reenactments, living history, and encampments. Friday is "education day." Schools, scouts, groups, and clubs are encouraged to schedule field trips. Battles at Saturday and Sunday. Sunday morning services and a Memorial Service at Columbus Cemetery. Sutlers and food vendors will be on site. Entertainment daily. For more information call Columbus-Belmont State Park at 270-677-2327.
Beginners Overnight Canoe/Camping Trip at Barren River State Resort Park, Oct. 6-7, Lucas: Interested in canoeing and camping but now sure if you will enjoy it? We provide all the equipment and instruction. We just ask that you come prepared to have a great time. This course is opened to beginners and experienced outdoorsmen. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Contact Lisa.Deavers@ky.gov for more information. Registration fee of $75 per person includes equipment rental, instruction and meals.
Craft Show at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Oct. 6-7, Greenup: Tri-state area crafts persons put their works on display. Browse through the many rows of woodworking, baskets, quilts, soaps, rock painting, and many other fine crafts. Show hours are Saturday, and Sunday Admission is free.
Beginner’s Backpacking at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Oct. 13-14, Greenup: Let the naturalist staff at Greenbo teach you the basics of environmentally responsible backpacking while you spend a night in the backcountry of the 3,300 acres of Greenbo Lake State Resort Park. These treks are guided overnight trips designed both for folks without a lot of experience in the backcountry as well as for more experienced backpackers who are interested in learning minimum impact camping techniques. Not only do we provide instruction on how to plan an overnight trip, but we also provide all of the equipment needed on your weekend. The trip starts Saturday morning and ends Sunday afternoon. Each trip is approximately 10 miles roundtrip and participants must be able to walk this distance carrying at least 25 pounds. Limited to ages 18 and up. Registration fee of $75 per person includes all equipment rental, instruction, and meals. Registrants will receive a list of suggested personal items to bring. Call 1-800-325-0083.
Elk Viewing Tours At Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Oct. 13, 20, 21, 27, Prestonsburg: Elk were introduced to Kentucky beginning in 1997 as a restoration project from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Prior to the release, elk had been gone from Kentucky for nearly 150 years. Come witness this magnificent animal. This tour is designed for any age group as the tours occur on vans on reclaimed surface mined areas. Tours offered through March. Tour price is $20 per adult and $10 for children under the age of 12. Call 1-800-325-0142.
Elk Viewing Tours at Pine Mountain State Resort Park: Oct. 12-13, 19-20, Pineville: Pine Mountain State Resort Park will conduct fall and winter guided elk tours. Tour registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 & under. Fee includes Friday evening program, Saturday continental breakfast, van transportation, guide service, elk interpretation, and a souvenir item. The Saturday van tour leaves the park at approximately Bring binoculars, water and snacks. Advanced reservations are required and space is limited. Call 1-800-325-1712.
Elk Watch Weekend at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Oct. 12-13, Buckhorn: Enjoy seeing these majestic animals. Morning tours leave the park at about 5:45 a.m. Package price of $145 per couple includes one night’s lodging, breakfast, dinner Friday night, transportation to and from the Elk preserve, & recreational activities. Stay Saturday night with package for an extra $45. Call 1-800-325-0058.
Green River Area Development District Arts & Crafts Festival at John James Audubon State Park, Oct. 6-7, Henderson: One of the oldest and largest craft fairs in the state with several hundred booths of crafts and great food. Call 270-826-2247.
Kenlake Fall Celebration, Oct. 12-13, Hardin: Pay for one night camping, get the next night free with planned recreation for the family. This is a fun way to spend the weekend together. Don't forget to bring the camera! Call 1-800-325-0143.
Adventure Pennyrile Forest, Oct. 6, Dawson Springs: Adventure Pennyrile Forest offers a naturalist guided hike on the Macedonia Trail for a registration fee of $10 per person. Registration fee includes: transportation, a bottle of water, snack, and Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Patch. Registered participants can get a 10 percent discount off park lodging. Call 1-800-325-1711.
Explore Blanton Forest, Oct. 6, Pineville: Pine Mountain State Resort Park offers this hiking adventure to explore this diverse ecological treasure on Pine Mountain's southern slope. At 3,090 acres, Blanton Forest is one of the largest old-growth forests in the eastern United States. The park will provide transportation by van and will be departing at Registration fees are $15 for adults, $5 for children 12 & under and include guide service, site interpretation and a souvenir item. Participation is limited to 9 persons and all are encouraged to bring water, snacks and a sack lunch. Strenuous hiking; wear sturdy boots. Call 1-800-325-1712 for information and registration.
The King Years at Wickliffe Mounds, Oct. 6, Wickliffe: October 2007 marks the 75th year that the mounds at Wickliffe were excavated. In 1932 the mounds were owned and excavated by Colonel Fain W. King of Paducah, Kentucky. A special exhibit called “The King Years” will be on display. Guided tours of historic features and the story of Fain and Blanche King presented throughout the day Admission fees are adults $5 and children age 6-12 are $4. Call 270-334-3681 for more information.
Kentucky Dam Village Fall Arts and Crafts Show, Oct. 13-14, Gilbertsville: Arts and crafts, food, music and hands-on pottery demonstration Saturday to . Call 1-800-325-0146.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park’s Old-Time Appalachian Square Dances on Hoedown Island, Saturday nights in October, Slade: Please join us every Saturday night until the end of October starting at Admission is $2 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. Call 1-800-325-1710.
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