FRANKFORT, Ky. – With the Memorial Day weekend just a few days away, make plans to visit a Kentucky State Park for camping, hiking, golf, swimming, boating, fishing or enjoying a meal and overnight stay at one of the system’s 17 resort parks.


All 17 state park resorts and selected recreational parks begin recreation and nature programming starting with the holiday weekend through Labor Day. Many resort parks have rooms and cottages available for the holiday weekend. Check www.parks.ky.gov for availability or call the park directly.


Swimming pools and beaches will open during the holiday weekend (weather and water level permitting)


The state park system’s golf courses are open and ready for play. Two Kentucky State Parks golf courses are ranked among the top 10 courses in Kentucky for 2013-2014, according to Golf Digest magazine. Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park in Burkesville had the No. 7 course, and Eagle Ridge at Yatesville Lake State Park near Louisa had the No. 10 course.


All Kentucky State Park campgrounds are now open. You can make reservations by visiting www.parks.ky.gov or by calling 1-888-459-7275.


State park historic sites are also open. Please check the state park website for hours. If you have children, you’ll be interested in state park playgrounds.


There are more than 250 miles of trails in Kentucky State Parks. You can find out more details about the trails for hiking, cycling and horseback riding by visiting the park website. Click on “Things to Do.” The recreational trails listing gives you details about park trails.


Here are some special events at Kentucky State Parks during the holiday weekend:


Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs

Moonlight Canoe Trip, May 24

The trip starts at 8 p.m. and lasts about two hours. Bring water, bug spray and a flashlight. Fee is $20. Trips also offered June 21-22 and July 21. Call 1-800-325-1711.


Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, Union

Primitive Skills Day, May 25

If you have an interest in learning about primitive survival techniques, prehistoric skills, or Native American technology, you won't want to miss this free opportunity from 1-3 p.m. Join the park naturalist for an afternoon of prehistoric skills demonstrations, discussions and projects. No registration required. Call 859-384-3522.


Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Gilbertsville

Arts and Crafts Festival, May 25-26

This annual Memorial Day Weekend show is located at the Old Beach Area and features handcrafted items by artists from Kentucky and neighboring states, while overlooking Kentucky Lake and its beautiful scenery. Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Call 1-800-325-0146.


Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough

Nifty Fifties Dinner and Show, May 25

Visit Rough River for dinner and a show as the park welcomes Pine Knob Theatre to the stage to perform "Daddy Took the T-bird Away," a musical filled with ’50s and ’60s rock ‘n’ roll. Dinner and show tickets are $55 a couple. Individual show-only tickets are $10 a person. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Central time. The dining room opens at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call the park at 1-800-325-1713.


Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet

Morning Canoe Trips Start May 25

The park will offer canoe trips on the Licking River every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $15 per person and space is limited.  Trips are dependent upon water conditions and weather.  Reservations with prepayment will only be accepted seven days prior to the trip date.  Children under the age of 16 require approval from our park naturalist in advance. All participants will register inside the lodge at 9 a.m. Call 1-800-443-7008. 


General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton

Backyard Concert Series, May 25

The Butler-Turpin State Historic House lawn will be the site of a free concert at 7 p.m. to kick off the outdoor summer series. The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers will perform. Tours of the historic home will be offered, for a fee, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 25. Call 1-866-462-8853.




The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov



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