Department of Parks
New Book Is A Guide To Kentucky State Parks
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Both veterans and newcomers to Kentucky State Parks now have a book they can use. “The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks” offers insights to what makes the state parks special to millions of guests.
Author Susan Reigler and photographer Pam Spaulding spent more than a year visiting and researching the parks. The book includes 158 color photos and a section on each of the system’s parks with details about special events, lodging, camping, trails, golf courses, historic sites and more.
“Anyone who’s been to a Kentucky State Park or who is considering visiting can get something from this book,” said Parks Commissioner Gerry van der Meer. “Susan and Pam offer some great advice for all kinds of travelers – whether it’s a day trip or a family vacation.”
The book, published by the University Press of Kentucky, will be sold at state park gift shops. In honor of the park system’s 85th anniversary this year, the price will be $19.24 – representing the year the park system began.
Besides a section on each park, the book also provides regional maps and charts listing details for each park. At the end of each chapter, Reigler gives suggestions on other interesting places to explore near the park. There’s also a section on the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Breaks Interstate Park along the Kentucky-Virginia border and the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, Ind., across the Ohio River from Louisville.
Reigler is a former travel writer and restaurant critic for the Louisville Courier-Journal. Spaulding has been a photographer at the Courier-Journal since 1972.