Kentucky March 31, 2017
10 Under-Appreciated State Parks In Kentucky You’re Sure To Love
Kentucky is a nature lover’s dream with 49 state parks, including 17 full-service resorts. Whether you’re an individual looking for a quiet getaway or a large family ready to escape your everyday life, Kentucky has the perfect spot for you. While some of the parks are well-known and for good reason, many are just as wonderful and deserve your attention.
1. Big Bone Lick State Park - 3380 Beaver Road
Union, KY 41091
Big Bone Lick is one of the most unique state parks you'll find in Kentucky. With traditional camping and hiking options, along with a renovated museum and a herd of roaming bison, you will never be bored at this historic site.
2. Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park - 4441 Ky Hwy. 1833
Buckhorn, KY 41721
Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, Buckhorn Lake State Park provides the seclusion you may be seeking. The lodge is a lovely place to stay year round and the views and fishing can't be beat.
3. Carter Caves State Resort Park - 344 Caveland Dr.
Olive Hill, KY 41164
Carter Caves may not get as much attention as another Kentucky cave, but it's just as exciting. At this park, you can take a cave tour, hike through thick wilderness and even mine for gemstones.
4. Dawkins Line Rail Trail - HWY 825
Swamp Branch, KY 41240
At only 4 years old, Dawkins Line Rail Trail is a unique way to experience Kentucky's beautiful landscape. The first 18 miles are complete and eventually there will be a total of 36 miles to explore. The trail was built over an old railway, so whether you are walking, bicycling, or horseback riding, the views will impress you.
5. John James Audubon State Park - 3100 US Hwy 41 North
Henderson, KY 42419
The John James Audubon State Park is worth a visit for its museum alone. Along with the fantastic nature center, they provide a one-of-a-kind park experience in a charming setting.
6. Kincaid Lake State Park - 565 Kincaid Park Rd.
Falmouth, KY 41040
This 183-acre lake in Falmouth, Kentucky is a hidden gem of a park. The marina offers boat rentals for those eager to fish and the 9-hole golf course shows off the natural beauty of Kentucky.
7. Mineral Mound State Park - 48 Finch Ln.
Eddyville, KY 42038
Speaking of golf, Mineral Mound is the Kentucky mecca for this treasured sport. The park has many features, but the challenging golf course, that winds its way around the lake, is the true highlight.
8. Pennyrile Forest State Park - 20781 Pennyrile Lodge Rd.
Dawson Springs, KY 42408
Pennyrile is the ideal Kentucky hideaway and escape into nature. The lake and beach are great for hot summer days and there are more than 14,000 acres to explore during your visit.
9. Pine Mountain State Resort Park - 1050 State Park Road
Pineville, KY 40977
As Kentucky's first state park, Pine Mountain should not be forgotten. The lodge is a piece of art and there are endless activities, from restful to challenging. The views of Kentucky Ridge State Forest are priceless.
10. Taylorsville Lake State Park - Taylorsville, KY 40071
Horse lovers can meet up at Taylorsville Lake for one of the best riding trails in the state. This park is also wonderful for those looking to fish, boat and simply relax.
You don’t have to leave Kentucky to experience all nature has to offer. How many of these parks have you visited? Which state parks did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!