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Eastern Kentucky State Parks

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The spring season means it’s time to get outside and Kentucky State Parks in the eastern part of the state are a great place to start!

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.

State park campgrounds will open in March and Camper Appreciation Weekend, when guests can get two nights for the price of one, is April 27-29. State park campgrounds have water and electricity as well as bathhouses and camp stores.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park in Slade will again host its Natural Bridge Trail Trek Series, a set of five hikes that begin March 17 and continue through November. Each of these guided hikes starts at the park lodge and treks through a different part of the park, ranging from 4 to 8 miles. The cost of $8 per person per hike. After your hike, enjoy a beverage in the park’s new Trails End Tavern.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin will be hosting the first of four “Campout at the Fire Tower” events March 10-11. This camping trip includes your gear and a tour of a fire tower that was once used to spot fires. The other campouts are planned for the fall.

If you enjoy watching wildlife, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg will be offering elk viewing tours in February and March. These guided van tours take you to areas where wild elk roam for up close viewing and photos.

Wildflower enthusiasts will want to visit Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill on April 21 for its annual Wildflower Pilgrimage. The guided tours are free.

Play at the golf courses at Grayson Lake, Yatesville Lake, and Pine Mountain will be busy during the spring. These courses offer great play for all levels of golfers.

Hiking is another popular spring activity at many Kentucky State Parks. Kingdom Come State Park at Cumberland and the Dawkins Line Rail Trail provide hikers with some excellent views of the region’s natural beauty. The Dawkins Line is also open to horseback riders and cyclists.

Levi Jackson State Park in London recently opened a new 7-mile mountain bike trail. The park also features a campground, swimming pool, grist mill, museum and gift shop, hiking trails and the Tree Top Adventure aerial park.

All resort park restaurants will host the annual Mother’s Day buffet on May 13, 2018.

The 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 www.parks.ky.gov