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State Park Officials Encourage To "Discover Your Own Backyard"

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

As the pain at the pump continues many people might be changing their summer vacation plans.

Kentucky State Parks are encouraging Kentuckians to discover their own back yard and stay in the commonwealth this summer.

At Cumberland Falls State Park, they're ready to kick off their summer season, starting this Memorial Day weekend.

The park manger doesn't think they will see any less visitors this summer, but she thinks they'll see more from right here in Kentucky.

“We're certainly hopeful that our citizens of Kentucky will take a close look at that as an alternative with their vacation plans,” Lisa Davis said.

Many visitors say they've already cut back some summer plans thanks to the gas prices.

Some believe the state parks could see the profit.

Through the "Discover Your Own Back Yard" campaign, the park manager says they are offering new incentives for visitors to choose Kentucky parks as their vacation spot.

“We're offering some new programming such as canoe ride on one of our neighboring lakes, that we haven't done before,” Davis said.

Cumberland Falls State Park sees at least 700,000 visitors every year, and Davis says they continue to offer new activities and programs to interest anyone that visits their park.

Davis says from anywhere in Kentucky you are 40 miles or less from any state park.

Kentucky State Parks' summer season starts this weekend and runs through Labor Day


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