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North Central Kentucky State Parks

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The winter and spring offer many opportunities at Kentucky State Parks in the north central part of the state.

There’s plenty of history, recreational activities and other special events throughout the region, including Valentine’s Day packages and a Mother’s Day buffet in May at park restaurants.

Fort Boonesborough State Park near Richmond will again be hosting its “Fireside Chats” during each Saturday in February. These chats feature actors portraying historical characters from Kentucky history such as Daniel Boone and a woman who worked as an indentured servant. The programs include a meal.

It’s also time for spring cleaning. Big Bone Lick State Historic Site at Union plans a trail work day on April 14. The park will provide tools that are needed for the work.

Rough River Dam State Resort Park near Leitchfield is hosting a Buffalo and Wild Game Dinner on March 10. The menu includes buffalo roast, elk meatloaf and buffalo stew.

For horse enthusiasts, Taylorsville Lake State Park offers equine campsites as well as 24 miles of horse trails for guests. The park is 45 miles southeast of Louisville and includes a 3,000-acre lake for fishing and boating.

All Kentucky State Park campgrounds will be holding “Camper Appreciation Weekend” April 27-29, when campers can get two nights of camping for the price of one. State park campgrounds have water and electricity as well as bathhouses and camp stores.

Need some entertainment? General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton will feature a murder mystery similar to the board game “Clue” on March 10. Guests will enjoy a dinner and then move to the historic Butler-Turpin House to help solve a murder. Lodging packages are available.

White Hall State Historic Site near Richmond will kick off its Second Tuesday teas on April 10. These monthly teas allow you to step back in time and experience a Low Tea and a tour inside the historic mansion where Cassius Clay lived.

Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington also hosts teas and will be having special Valentine’s Day Teas on Feb. 13-14, 2018.

Golf courses at Lincoln Homestead at Springfield and My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown will be busy in the spring, offer excellent play to all levels of golfers.

Many resort parks will celebrate Valentine’s Day with weekend packages in February and resort park restaurants will offer the annual Easter Sunday buffet on April 1. Many parks also host egg hunts and other events for children. All resort park restaurants will be hosting the annual Mother’s Day buffet on May 13, 2018.

Resort parks at Kentucky State Parks have lodges, cottages, restaurants and year-round recreational activities. The park system also has recreational parks and historic sites throughout the state. There are 30 Kentucky State Park campgrounds open from the spring through late fall.

For more details about events at Kentucky State Parks, along with lodging and camping reservations, visit