Kentucky October 06, 2018
7 Lesser-Known State Parks In Kentucky That Will Absolutely Amaze You
Kentucky’s state parks give our state incredible bragging rights as we have one of the best systems in the country. If you live in the Bluegrass State, then chances are you live near a park that is perfect for exploring, camping, hiking, fishing, relaxing, and much more. Some of the Kentucky State Parks are very popular and well-known, and there are also some that fly under the radar. But you don’t want to overlook these seven lesser-known state parks that will absolutely amaze you.
1. Kingdom Come State Park
Kingdom Come State Park is an awe-inspiring destination in the crest of Pine Mountain in Cumberland, Kentucky. With an elevation of 2,700 feet and eight scenic overlooks, it's truly one of the most beautiful places in our state. It's hard to say why this hidden gem remains lesser known because it is instantly a favorite from the moment you arrive. Spend your day hiking to inspiring views and fascinating rock formations, or choose to spend the night on a primitive camping spot.
Learn more about this magnificent park in a previous article
2. Columbus-Belmont State Park
Columbus-Belmont State Park is located on a cliff overlooking the Mississippi River in southwestern Kentucky. Here you can experience Civil War history, take in one-of-a-kind views of the marvelous Mississippi, and camp on land that has seen so much throughout history. There are 38 campsites along the cliff and also a few rental trailers and a charming cabin available.
For more information on this historic and scenic park, visit its website
3. John James Audubon State Park
John James Audubon State Park is a fairy tale setting come to life in Henderson, Kentucky. The incredibly beautiful museum and nature center are worth a visit on their own, but there's more to love about this nature-filled gem. Walk along a wildflower trail or one of the new boardwalks, and experience a wide variety of landscapes and unique events.
You can learn more about this delightful park destination in our previous article
4. Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site
Another historic park with incredibly beautiful surroundings, Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site is located in Tompkinsville. At this park you'll find a log church that was built in 1804, making it the oldest freestanding log meeting house in Kentucky. Adjacent to the cabin is a cemetery with the graves of many Revolutionary War soldiers, Kentucky pioneers, and Daniel Boone's sister, Hannah Boone. The property is a lovely place to explore for its history and natural beauty. It's open April 1st through November 15th, and by appointment only in the offseason.
For more information, visit the park's website
5. Green River Lake State Park
Green River Lake State Park, located in Campbellsville, is especially wonderful for those who love the water. You can experience every type of water sport imaginable in the warmer months, stay right on the water in a houseboat, and take in the breathtaking scenery when it cools down. There are also 28 miles of multi-purpose trails to explore, and a wide variety of camping opportunities.
For more on this park, check out our previous article
6. Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
This unique and underrated park is located in Union and has so much to offer visitors. The history is so intriguing and you can see it brought to life in the new museum and outdoor displays. At Big Bone Lick, you can also take a short hike through the woods to a large field that's home to a herd of bison.
Learn even more about this one-of-a-kind site in our previous article
7. Lake Malone State Park
Lake Malone is a beautiful 788-acre body of water that's home to this scenic state park. The lake itself is the perfect spot for fishing, boating, or even relaxing on the sandy beach in the summer. The campground is a great spot to call home for a few days to make sure you'll also have time to explore the easy trails in the park that are often filled with wildflowers.
For more information on this park just west of Bowling Green, check out our previous article
All of Kentucky’s state parks and historic sites are worth a visit, and make sure not to miss out on these seven amazing destinations. Have you been to any of these lesser-known parks? Which Kentucky State Park is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
And for more parks in Kentucky that are also incredible resorts, check out our previous article