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Planning Your Kentucky State Park Getaway

The Bluegrass State boasts a total of 49 state parks, featuring a variety of recreational facilities for all ages. Water sports, cave exploration, and beautiful scenic trails all await in this state known for history and horses. From fields of spring wildflowers to colorful fall foliage, Kentucky is the place for your next vacation.

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Best Kentucky State Parks for Families

Visiting one of Kentucky's many state parks is a perfect way to spend family time surrounded by nature's beauty. Travelers of all ages will find something to admire and enjoy in the Bluegrass State. Many of the parks feature watersports, historic sites, and just about anything else you could wish for in a family vacation.

  • 1. Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

    You might be surprised to know that present day Kentucky was once home to ancient creatures now extinct. Kids are always curious about giant creatures from the distant past. At this state historic site, fossils from the Pleistocene Epoch are on display at the museum, including giant mastodons, wooly mammoths, and ground sloths.

  • 2. Lincoln Homestead State Park

    Share a slice of American history with your family at Lincoln Homestead State Park. See the home of the beloved 16th president's mother Nancy Hanks Lincoln. There you'll find replicas of the 1782 cabin and blacksmith shop where his father grew up and learned his trade. A golf course is located nearby among the beautiful rolling hills.

  • 3. Lost River Cave

    The geography of Kentucky features a large system of caves, including the famous Mammoth Cave. Mammoth Cave is now designated a National Park. Perhaps lesser known but equally fascinating is Lost River Cave near the town of Bowling Green. Take an underground boat tour on the river, and listen to your guide regale you and your family with information about the cave formation and local folklore.

Best Places to Stay for State Parks in Kentucky

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Williamstown, Grant County, Kentucky
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Best Kentucky State Parks for Hiking

For those who are happiest on the trail, check out the many hiking experiences available in Kentucky's state parks. Bring your hiking boots and your backpack and set out for an invigorating hike through the pine forests and rolling hills of this beautiful natural environment.

  • 1. Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

    Called "the Niagra of the South," Cumberland Falls features a famous seven-storey waterfall. At the full moon, the moonlight creates a breathtaking rainbow on the water at night. This scenic area offers seventeen miles of hiking trails, including the 10.8 mile Moonbow Trail, starting at the falls and ending at the mouth of the Laurel River.

  • 2. Pine Mountain State Resort Park

    This beautiful Kentucky State Park near Pineville is the host for an annual Hike-A-Thon. Hiking enthusiasts take part in a series of planned hiking experiences, all within 70 miles of the park property. If you decide to join in, lunch arrangements are available for longer hikes. The short trail passing the famous Chained Rock features a spectacular view of the entire town of Pineville, plus the skyline of Cumberland Mountain twelve miles to the south.

  • 3. Nolin Lake State Park

    Combine water sports with hiking adventures at Nolin Lake, offering planned specialty hikes in additional to traditional hiking experiences. One hike focuses on identifying the native tree species, while another guides you through the seasonal wildflowers that grace the Kentucky springtime. Look for violets, larkspur, and jack-in-the-pulpit.

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Best Kentucky State Parks for Adventure Sports

Kentucky's state parks offer exciting options for outdoor activities for the adventurous traveler. Whether you're looking for cycling trails, caves to explore, or spending time on the water, you can find something to make your Kentucky getaway memorable.

  • 1. Carter Caves State Resort Parks

    Carter Caves is located in northeast Kentucky, in the heart of cave country. Explore the many caves, including Bat and Cascade Cave. Or seek your adventure above ground, rappelling, or rock climbing. The many scenic trails are open for horseback riders and cyclists.

  • 2. Natural Bridge Resort State Park

    A unique natural sandstone arch spanning 78 feet in length and 65 feet in height is the landmark of this park. Dogs permitted on Henson Arch Trail and Whittleton Trail. Nearby is the Red River Gorge Ripline attraction for adventure seeking vacationers. For a unique experience in cave kayaking, check out Thrillsville Adventure Park.

  • 3. Barren River Lake State Resort Park

    For boating and other watersports, Barren River Lake is the perfect location. Located near Lucas, Kentucky, this resort has accommodations including a newly created sand beach, a pool, tennis courts, and horseback riding. Barren River is a 10,000-acre man-made lake surrounded by tranquil rolling hills.

Top Offers for State Parks in Kentucky

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