Kentucky state parks set to open

FRANKFORT, Ky. – With spring’s arrival, the Kentucky State Parks want to make sure guests know one important thing: the parks are open!

With the warmer than usual weather, state park campgrounds are opening earlier than usual. All lodges, cottages, restaurants, golf courses, marinas and other amenities are open. Most recreation and historic sites are also open or will be open by April 1, including museums and forts. Call your favorite park to check.

The parks are offering several special offers and packages for spring break during April and May. Visit for more information about parks and events. The offers include:

Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
Barren River Lake State Resort Park is offering spring break packages for two to eight people. The Bed and Breakfast Package for an adult and one child includes one night’s lodge room and breakfast for $49.99. The Family Package for four people includes one night’s lodge room, a pizza, drinks and cookies for $69. There are also packages for cottages starting at $69.95 a night. Prices good through May 24. The park has biking and hiking trails, tennis and basketball courts, free fishing gear and is just 25 miles from Mammoth Cave. Call 1-800-325-0057.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park is offering overnight lodging packages for families starting at $49.95 a night. This includes a lodge room, free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, mini-golf, hiking trails, wildlife viewing, fishing, a playground and more. A cottage package is available for $89.95. Offer good through May 24. Call 1-800-325-0058.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin
Cumberland Falls is offering its Spring Break Adventure, April 1-4. Activities include canoeing, whitewater rafting, a rock climbing wall, archery, wildflower walks, astronomy and hikes to waterfalls and natural arches. Activities may be changed due to weather conditions. There is a fee for rafting and canoe trips; other programs are free to guests. Some activities are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the park for schedule details. Lodge room rates start at $69 a night. Call 1-800-325-0063.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville
The park is offering two nights in the lodge for two adults with one dinner and two breakfasts for two for $144.95. Another deal for two adults and two children includes two nights at the lodge, one dinner and two breakfasts for $204.95. Good through April 15. Call 1-800-325-1712.

Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
Rough River Dam State Resort Park is offering a lodge package starting at $69.95 that includes one night’s lodging and breakfast for the family. Also available is a cottage package for $139.95 for a family of four (two adults and two children 12 and under) that features one night in a cottage, dinner and breakfast. The park has many outdoor recreational opportunities such as tennis, basketball, trails, fishing, golf and a playground. Package good through May 8. Call 1-800-325-1713.

For campers, the Kentucky State Parks are offering a 20 percent discount on camping reservations made for April 1-26. To get the discount, campers need to make online reservations at (look for the “reservations” tab at the top of the page.) Use the promotion code APR12.

The Kentucky State Parks will also be offering two nights’ camping for the price of one during Camper Appreciation Weekend, April 27-28. Many parks will be holding special events that weekend for campers. The Kentucky State Parks have 31 campgrounds across the state.

Campsites for horse camping are available at Carter Caves, Pennyrile Forest, Dale Hollow and Taylorsville Lake. About a dozen campgrounds offer Wi-Fi services for a fee. All state park campgrounds have sites with water and electric hookups.

Reservations can be made by visiting the website. Guests reserving online can view pictures of the individual campsites available, allowing them to better select a site to suit their individual needs. Guests may also call 1-888-4KYPARK for reservations.

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