Kentucky has some of the most enchanting spots to relax in the U.S. In some cases, they are tucked away at the renowned state parks. In the Bluegrass State, basically anyone can find a bit of peace and quiet if they want too. We are surrounded by nature for the most part. If you are looking for a place to just get away for a while, each one of these locations offer a perfect escape.
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11. Blue Licks Battlefield
This campground, park and lodge with a restaurant are located at 10299 Mayesville Road in Carlisle. It is the site of the 1782 Kentucky militia defeat via British and Native American troops, so the area is alive with history. The thought that a battle of such brutality could take place here is truly surprising given the gorgeous atmosphere. The food at the lodge is quite delicious if you don’t feel like packing a meal.
10.The Chain Rock at Pine Mountain
Located off 1050 State Park Road, this beautiful portion of Kentucky can compel you to stay for days. The bountiful Pine trees are fragrant and the trails allow you to disappear from society for a while and commune with nature. There are an abundance of places to visit in the forest. Each one can be magical to an individual, so pick your own destination and absorb the beauty.
9. Caspian Terns and Lake Barkley Lodge
Lake Barkley is a beautiful place to visit any time of year. From now until February 29, visitors can experience a two-day stay at the lodge for around $159, which includes breakfast for two both days. This serene part of our beautiful Kentucky gives visitors all the modern conveniences in the middle of nature. This is a perfect place to get away for a few days. Reservations can be made at 270-924-1131.
8. Carter Caves
Though not as popular as Mammoth Cave, Carter is just as incredible to visit. Cruise under the earth in an underground river and you will see seemingly magical surroundings. The entire area is rich in nature and wildlife, but the underground river is really something special. The Carter Caves State Park is at 344 Caveland Drive in Olive Hill.
7. Buckhorn Lake
Buckhorn has some fantastic fishing and beautiful nature trails ready to be explored. They are currently offering $20 off any accommodations from now until March 17 via phone at, 606-398-7510. Buckhorn is not as well known as some of the other beautiful state parks, but it is truly a place of serenity. The cabins all come with a view that will melt into your mind like a postcard.
Once known as Martin Castle, this enchanting medieval castle sitting at 230 Pisgah Pike in Versailles is guaranteed to make you feel like you have stepped into another era, minus the Wifi and cable television. It looks like it came out of a history book, but was actually built back in the 1970s. Recent renovations have provided 10 gorgeous guest rooms, tennis courts, basketball courts, a ballroom and more to this unique B&B. It is located in an area boasting of the beauty of Lexington, including nearby horse farms and Keeneland.
5. Cedar Pond Pavilion at Bernheim Forest
Located off exit #112 on Hwy 245 eastbound in Clermont, this little known park is a wonderful escape from the city. Monday through Friday the park is free, but its pay per vehicle on the weekends. There are some gorgeous trails, bridges and lakes in Bernheim, along with a wondrous arboretum. Bernheim is a great place to fish, take nature walks and just absorb your surroundings. The Cedar Pond Pavilion is a wonderful spot, and is one of my personal favorites. If that isn’t you thing, you can always go zip line across the forest or walk the bridge under the canopy of trees.
4. Doe Run Lake
This beautiful lake and park area is located at 1501 Bullock Pen Road in Covington, and is not one of the more renowned local parks. It is the lack of publicity and crowds that makes it the perfect area to enjoy peace and quiet. The lake has plenty of fish and the surrounding trees provide a blanket of foliage to hike under and around. If you are looking for something a little off the beaten path, Doe Run is nice and quiet.
3. Lost River Cave State Park
The tour guides at 2818 Nashville Road in Bowling Green are passionate about Lost River, and it shows in the way visitors are treated. The underwater river tour is a real winner for any age, as there is a enchanting underground world of unique formations and clear water. During the spring months, there is a beautiful butterfly garden, but there are hiking trails all year round.
2. Swift Camp Creek Overlook at Red River Gorge
Gorgers would have my keyboard if I didn’t mention Red River Gorge amongst enchanting places to visit in our fair state. Yes, it is well known, but not every acre. This beautiful part of nature is so untamed that the beauty leaps out at you, whether you are rafting, hiking, bird watching or picnicking. You will not want to miss the Gorge, and the view from Swift Camp Creek Overlook is true post card material. If you are planning a nature trip in the Bluegrass State, this is a perfect place to stop.
1. Green River Bluffs at Mammoth Cave
Though this cave system at 1 Mammoth Cave Parkway in Mammoth Cave Kentucky is renowned around the world, there are a lot of places to explore here. The park is massive--not just the cave--and it is brimming with nature, wildlife and areas of extreme beauty. The Green River Bluff offers visitors a gorgeous view all year round, with even winter providing breathtaking views. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. This park has much to behold…
Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a family adventure or just some alone time, each one of these places offers a unique and memorable experience. Which one would you like to spend the weekend at? Or, what is your favorite alternative spot?