List of Kentucky state parks

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Maintained by the Kentucky Department of Parks, Kentucky's system of 50 state parks has been referred to as "the nation's finest" and experiences more repeat business annually than those of any other U.S. state.[1] The state's diverse geography provides a variety of environments to experience. From mountain lakes to expansive caves to forests teeming with wildlife, park-goers have their choice of attractions, and they are all within a day's drive of each other.

Unless otherwise specified, data in the following lists are taken from Kentucky State Parks by Bill Bailey.[1]

Although the Kentucky Horse Park is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, it is administered separately from the Department of Parks.

State recreational parks[edit]

Kentucky's 24 "rec parks" span the state from Columbus to Pikeville. Each features outdoor camping areas with a variety of outdoor activities.[2]

Photo Park Location Area
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Carr Creek State Park Knott County[2] Lake: 750 acres (3.0 km2)[2]
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Columbus-Belmont State Park Hickman County[3] 156 acres (0.63 km2)
Dawkins Line Rail Trail Johnson and Magoffin Counties
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E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park Louisville 370 acres (1.5 km2)
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Fishtrap Lake State Park Pikeville[2] Park: 300 acres (1.2 km2)
Lake:1,131 acres (4.6 km2)
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Fort Boonesborough State Park Richmond 153 acres (0.62 km2)
General Burnside State Park Pulaski County[3] 430 acres (1.7 km2)
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Grayson Lake State Park Carter County[3] Park: 1,200 acres (4.9 km2)
Lake: 1,512 acres (6.1 km2)
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Green River Lake State Park Taylor County[3] Park: 1,331 acres (5.4 km2)
Lake: 8,200 acres (33 km2)
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John James Audubon State Park Henderson County[3] Park: 692 acres (2.8 km2)
Lakes: 28 acres (0.11 km2) & 9 acres (0.04 km2)
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Kincaid Lake State Park Pendleton County[3] Park: 850 acres (3.4 km2)
Lake: 183 acres (0.74 km2)
Kingdom Come State Park Harlan County Park: 1,027 acres (4.2 km2)
Lake: 3 acres (0.01 km2)
Lake Malone State Park Muhlenberg County[3] Park: 338 acres (1.4 km2)
Lake: 788 acres (3.2 km2)
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Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park Laurel County[3] 896 acres (3.6 km2)
Lincoln Homestead State Park Washington County[3] 120 acres (0.49 km2)
Mineral Mound State Park Eddyville[2] 541 acres (2.2 km2)
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My Old Kentucky Home State Park Bardstown 285 acres (1.2 km2)
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Nolin Lake State Park Edmonson County Park: 333 acres (1.3 km2)
Lake: 5,795 acres (23 km2)[4]
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Old Fort Harrod State Park Harrodsburg 15 acres (0.06 km2)
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Paintsville Lake State Park Johnson County[3] Park: 242 acres (1.0 km2)
Lake: 1,139 acres (4.6 km2)
Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail Bell, Harlan, Letcher, and Pike Counties Under construction[5]
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Taylorsville Lake State Park Spencer County[3] Park: 1,625 acres (6.6 km2)
Lake: 3,050 acres (12 km2)
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Yatesville Lake State Park Lawrence County[3] Lake: 2,300 acres (9.3 km2)[3]

State resort parks[edit]

Kentucky offers more state resort parks than any other state. Each features a lodge complete with dining room and Wi-Fi wireless Internet access.[6]

Photo Park Location Area
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Barren River Lake State Resort Park Barren County[3] Park: 2,187 acres (8.9 km2)
Lake: 10,000 acres (40 km2)
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Blue Licks Battlefield State Park Robertson County[3] 148 acres (0.60 km2)
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Breaks Interstate Park Pike County, Kentucky; Dickenson County, Virginia; and Buchanan County, Virginia[7] Park: 4,600 acres (19 km2)[7]
Lake: 12 acres (0.05 km2)[8]
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park Perry County[3] Park: 856 acres (3.5 km2)
Lake: 1,200 acres (4.9 km2)
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Carter Caves State Resort Park Carter County[3] Park: 1,600 acres (6.5 km2)
Lake: 45 acres (0.18 km2)
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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park Whitley County[3] 1,657 acres (6.7 km2)
DaleHollowLakeAerial.jpg Dale Hollow Lake State Park Cumberland County Park: 3,398 acres (14 km2)
Lake: 27,700 acres (112 km2)[6]
General Butler State Resort Park Carroll County[3] Park: 809 acres (3.3 km2)
Lake: 30 acres (0.12 km2)
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Greenbo Lake State Resort Park Greenup County Park: 3,300 acres (13 km2)
Lake: 192 acres (0.78 km2)
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Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Floyd County Park: 1,771 acres (7.2 km2)
Lake: 1,100 acres (4.5 km2)
Open land at Cherokee SP.jpg Kenlake State Resort Park Calloway and Marshall Counties[3] Park: 1,795 acres (7.3 km2)
Lake: 160,300 acres (649 km2)
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park Marshall County[3] 1,351 acres (5.5 km2)
Lake Barkley State Resort Park Trigg County[3] Park: 3,600 acres (15 km2)
Lake: 57,920 acres (234 km2)
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Lake Cumberland State Resort Park Russell County[3] Park: 3,117 acres (13 km2)
Lake: 50,000 acres (202 km2)
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Natural Bridge State Resort Park Powell County[3] Park: 2,300 acres (9.3 km2)
Lake: 54 acres (0.22 km2)
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Hopkins County Park: 863 acres (3.5 km2)
Lake: 56 acres (0.23 km2)
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Pine Mountain State Resort Park Bell County[3] 1,520 acres (6.2 km2)
Rough River Dam State Resort Park Breckinridge, Hardin, & Grayson counties[3] Park: 637 acres (2.6 km2)
Lake: 5,000 acres (20 km2)

State historic sites[edit]

Ten of Kentucky's recreational parks and two of its resort parks are simultaneously designated as state historic sites. An additional eleven state historic sites are also maintained by the Kentucky Department of Parks.[9]

Photo Park Location Area
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Big Bone Lick State Historic Site Boone County[3] Park: 512 acres (2.1 km2)
Lake: 7.5 acres (0.03 km2)
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Boone Station State Historic Site Lexington 48 acres (0.19 km2)
Butler-Turpin State Historic House Carroll County
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Constitution Square State Historic Site Danville 3 acres (0.01 km2)
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Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site Barbourville 12 acres (0.05 km2)
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Isaac Shelby Cemetery State Historic Site Stanford[9]
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Jefferson Davis State Historic Site Fairview 19 acres (0.08 km2)
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Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site Tompkinsville 60 acres (0.24 km2)
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Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site Perryville 669 acres (2.7 km2)
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Waveland State Historic Site Lexington 10 acres (0.04 km2)
White Hall State Historic Site Richmond 13 acres (0.05 km2)
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Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site Wickliffe[9] 21 acres (0.08 km2)
William Whitley House State Historic Site Stanford 10 acres (0.04 km2)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bailey, Bill (1995). Kentucky State Parks. Saginaw, Michigan: Glovebox Guidebooks of America. ISBN 1-881139-13-1. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Kentucky State "Recreation" Parks". Kentucky Department of Parks. 2005-10-10. Archived from the original on 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa Kleber, John E., ed. (1992). "Parks, State". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark, Lowell H. Harrison, and James C. Klotter. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0. 
  4. ^ Kentucky State Parks - History
  5. ^ "Pine Mountain Trail Home Page". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  6. ^ a b "Kentucky State Resort Parks "The Nation’s Finest"". Kentucky Department of Parks. 2005-10-10. Archived from the original on 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  7. ^ a b "Breaks Interstate Park: About Us". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  8. ^ "Breaks Interstate Park: Activities & Attractions". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  9. ^ a b c "Kentucky State Historic Sites". Kentucky Department of Parks. 2005-10-10. Archived from the original on 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 

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