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UPDATE: Buckhorn State Park now open for weekends

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

PERRY Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Updated: 1/22/14

If you need a weekend getaway, The Buckhorn State Park reopened for business.

The park close last week due to a lack of water in the wake of an arctic blast.

The lodge, restaurant, and other park services are open Thursday through Sunday as pat of the normal winter schedule.

On Tuesday, water officials lifted a boil water advisory in Perry County.
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No water means no visitors. This is the message from Kentucky State Parks officials.

The Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park is closed indefinitely.

Spokesman Gil Lawson said water line breaks in Perry County are to blame.

Park officials said this is because of water shortages.

"Our water supply has been interrupted because of these leaks," said Lawson. "We are not currently getting water from our suppliers."

The Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park is closed Sunday evenings to Wednesdays throughout the winter season.

However, Lawson said water line breaks in Perry County mean closing the area indefinitely.

Lawson said, "We knew with the harsh weather this was possible, but it's hard to predict things like this."

With more than 40 parks across the state rangers said Buckhorn is not alone.

"At Pine Mountain in Bell County the park is open, but the restaurant is closed because we've had some leaking pipes there," Lawson said.

While visitors are ready for business as usual he said this is a waiting game.

"We are depending on other sources for our water," Lawson said. "So we're hopeful that they can get these problems fixed and we'll get our water back."

He is encouraging guests to take advantage of other parks in the area, including Natural Bridge and Jenny Wiley State Resort Parks.

For updates and more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov


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