Department of Parks
Labor Day Weekend Events At Kentucky State Parks
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Anyone looking for something to do on Labor Day Weekend can count on the Kentucky State Parks. Many special events and activities are planned for the holiday weekend throughout the park system.
All campgrounds will be open as well as lodges, restaurants and historic sites and museums. Some park facilities, such as outdoor swimming pools, will be closing after the weekend or have already curtailed hours. Call the park for information.
There are still lodge rooms, cottages and campsites available for the holiday weekend. Visit www.parks.ky.gov to make reservations for lodge rooms, cottages and campgrounds or for more information about state parks. Here is a listing of Labor Day Weekend events:
Barren River State Resort Park, Lucas
Activities such as archery, arts and crafts and nature hikes will be available. On Friday, guests can take part in a skit at the shuffleboard courts at the lodge. And on Saturday evening, the band 8th Nation, winner of the park’s Battle of the Bands contest, will play at the lodge. 1-800-325-0057.
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet
The Central Kentucky Blood Center Blood Mobile will be just outside the Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park Museum and all donors will receive two complimentary passes for the recently renovated Pioneer Museum, and be registered to win door prizes. Donate blood on Saturday, Sept. 1, any time between and 800-443-7008.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
End the summer season with a celebration of activities including Karaoke on Sunday night. 1-800-325-0058.
Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
Many activities – cave tours, glow mini-golf on Saturday, a squeeze box competition on Sunday and canoe trips also on Sunday – are planned. This is the final weekend to tour Bat Cave and Saltpetre Cave before they close for the winter. 1-800-325-0059.
Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond
There will be a blood drive in the recreation hall in the campground on Sept. 1. Donors will receive a T-shirt, a putt-putt certificate for four free rounds and be entered into a door prize drawing for gift certificates from Fort Boonesborough State Park and area merchants. This event is open to the public. 859-527-3131.
General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton
The park will host a Spirits of Butler Paranormal Weekend Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Join us for a study and investigation of paranormal activity at the Butler-Turpin historic house, cemetery and grounds. Overnight package: Single $99 plus tax. Couple $159 plus tax. Call 866-462-8853 for reservations, evening program only $30. Call 502-732-4384 Ext: 2415 to register for this program only. Reservation required.
The Carroll County Goldenrod Gala will be Sept. 1 at General Butler. This one-day juried arts and crafts festival features all handmade items. Along with antique tractors, music, variety of demonstrators, food concessions and inflatables for the kids. Event is free and open to general public. Held at the park entrance near the Stone Shelter House and Mini Golf Course. 1-866-462-8853.
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park will host the band Bluefield Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the park’s new amphitheater. Both shows start at Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Weekend recreation programs include hayrides, arts and crafts and nature programs. The community pool will be open Friday, (no slide) Saturday- Sunday- Monday (slide open). 1-800-325-0083.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
The park will have several activities during the weekend, including a Watermelon Eating Contest, Ice Cream Eating Contest, Amazing “Campground” Race, arts and crafts, recreational and nature activities. 1-800-325-0142.
John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
Come to the park on Thursday, Aug. 30, at for fishing at the boat dock. On Friday, you can make your own ice cream in a bag at at the campground shelter. Decorating for the Labor Day Parade will start at Saturday at the campground shelter and the parade around the campground will be at Bicycles, scooters, wagons and more will be red, white and blue. On Aug. 31, there is an art session for ages 3-5 called “All About Me” that costs $7. Call 270- 827-1893 to pre-register. All events open to the public. 270-826-2247.
Kenlake State Resort Park, Hardin
Events at Kenlake include music on Friday with Andy Tanas on the front lawn from On Saturday, the National Guard will bring their rock wall for climbing from to ; Tammy Elza with the Kentucky Environmental Educational Company will have educational programs with animals at ; and Gary Johnson with the Louisville Zoo will have a program on snakes. The band Critical Condition will play Sunday from at the campground. 1-800-325-0143.
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Gilbertsville
“Friendship & Fun” is the theme for Kentucky Dam Village’s last weekend of the summer season. Activities include favorite games and entertainment. Featuring a live animal presentation, train ride and petting zoo, and featuring Kentucky’s own Andy Tanas singing on Sunday night, Sept. 2. 1-800-325-0146.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Lake Barkley State Resort Park is celebrating Labor Day with a weekend of family festivities. From canoe trips to train rides, live entertainment to live animal shows, archery to arts and crafts, balloon toss to bingo -- the entire family will be amused and entertained! These activities are in addition to the park’s year-round recreation facilities – an outdoor pool, indoor fitness center, full-service marina with boat rental, 18-hole golf course, 8 miles of hiking and biking trails, and thousands of gorgeous wooded and lakefront acres. 1-800-325-1708.
Lake Malone State Park, Dunmore
John Tierney will conduct a program on Sept. 1 consisting of storytelling, songs and group participation. This will entertain adults and children and lasts about an hour. Starts at at the campground. 270-657-2111.
White Hall State Historic Site, Richmond
Join the Lexington Philharmonic at White Hall State Historic Site in Richmond on Sept. 3 as they present music from the Lincoln era featuring works by Kentucky composers. The performance of Kentucky Music and the Lincoln Family will be performed at (A rain date has been set for September 5, at ) Also featured will be dancers from the Lexington Vintage Dance Society. The event is free and open to the public. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged for seating. For information, call 859-623-9178.
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