Department of Parks
Kentucky State Parks Offers Plenty Of Outdoor Fun During June -- “Great Outdoors Month”
FRANKFORT, Ky. – With the month of June being designated as the “Great Outdoors Month,” the Kentucky State Parks are providing many opportunities for visitors to get outside this summer.
Governor Ernie Fletcher, in a proclamation, noted how the Kentucky State Parks resorts, recreational parks and historic sites “provide a variety of outdoor activities across the state to Kentuckians and visitors.” The Governor also noted the many outdoor recreational activities that Kentucky offers including fishing, boating, golf and hiking.
“If you’re looking for something to do outside, the Kentucky State Parks have something to offer you,” said Parks Commissioner J.T. Miller.
For example, June 2 is National Trails Day and several state parks will be holding special hikes and events. They include Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin, John James Audubon State Park at Henderson, Lake Cumberland State Resort Park at Jamestown and Natural Bridge State Resort Park at Slade. And Jenny Wiley State Resort Park near Prestonsburg will be holding an overnight canoe trip June 2-3.
Also on June 2, Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill will be holding its Bat Cave Extreme trip. This adventure is considered strenuous and you will be stooping, bending and climbing.
On June 16, Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park near Carlisle will have an overnight canoe trip on the Licking River.
Several parks will be holding fishing events for children in June and E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville will hold an outdoor skills camp June 11-15 for ages 8-12.
All 31 of the Kentucky State Park campgrounds with 2,600 improved sites are now open for the summer. And across the state, the state parks offer some excellent golf courses including the seven “Signature Series” courses. There are also Tee’s and Zzz’s golf packages that include lodging, meals and golf rounds.
For reservations and more information about these events, visit www.parks.ky.gov
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