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South Central Kentucky State Parks

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Visitors to South Central Kentucky can find excellent outdoor activities with lakes, golf courses and Kentucky State Park events.

The Kentucky State Parks in the region offer plenty of good outdoor recreation. That includes some great golf courses at Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park at Burkesville, General Burnside Island State Park near Somerset and Barren River Lake State Resort Park near Glasgow.

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.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park and Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park will have an Easter egg hunts for children on March 31.

Great food is also on the menu. Barren River Lake State Resort Park is hosting Buffalo Night on Feb. 3. The menu features buffalo burgoo, buffalo chili, buffalo meatloaf with hunters sauce, and black and bleu buffalo sirloin.

Wildlife and history are also popular topics at state parks. Nolin Lake State Park near Mammoth Cave, Ky., is hosting its annual wildflower walk on April 7. This free guided hike is also sponsored by the Friends of Nolin Lake.

Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site
in Tompkinsville is hosting a Civil War Living History Weekend April 14-15. Guests can see camps, soldier’s food and the weapons they used.
All 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.

Fishing and boating is also popular at Kentucky State Parks. Green River Lake State Park sits along an 8,200-acre lake. The marina opens in March and features covered slips, rental houseboats, fishing boats, ski boats, jet skis, and pontoon boats. The park also has a beach, campground, gift shop and trails for hiking and horseback riding.

One of the more popular boating and fishing locations is Lake Cumberland, known as the “Houseboat Capital of the World.” Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in Jamestown looks out over the 50,000-acre lake and has a marina with slips and boat rentals.

All resort park restaurants will be hosting 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