Kentucky State Parks

6:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Kentucky State Parks to Host Guided Hikes on New Year's Day

A winter hike at Pine Mountain State Resort Park.
Credit Kentucky Parks Department

The Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is offering visitors a chance to start their new year’s resolutions off right.

Several state parks across the Commonwealth are offering “First Day” guided hikes on January 1st. State park hiking trails remain open through the winter season, weather permitting. 

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1:05 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Kentucky Dam Village Annexation Moves Forward

Kentucky Dam Village could be part of Calvert City soon.

Calvert City awaits legal paperwork to continue the annexation process of Kentucky Dam Village, but Lynn Jones, Mayor of Calvert City fully expects the ordinance to be read at the next City Council meeting April 7. Calvert City’s wet status would allow Kentucky Dam Village businesses to pursue liquor licenses, a decision

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7:27 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Parks Privatization Bill Filed In KY House


Two West Kentucky lawmakers are supporting a bill that would let the state lease public land for private development.

Under legislation from Republican Representatives Richard Heath and Ken Imes, hotels and other private developments could be built in public parks, with the state's permission.

But Imes says the bill isn’t about privatization.

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4:21 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

State Rep. Imes Pre-files Legislation To Franchise State Park Property


A pre-filed bill sponsored by State Representative Kenny Imes (R-Murray) seeks to give a financial boost to Kentucky State Parks by allowing private companies like restaurants and hotels to lease and develop state property.  

The 5th district republican wants to take existing law relating to private development of Kentucky State Fair Board property and expands it to land owned by the Kentucky Department of Parks.  Imes said he hopes the proposal will help Kentuckians see the big picture of the economic prospects that are going underutilized. 

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6:25 am
Tue October 15, 2013

KY State Parks Giving Discounts To Veterans

Credit wikipedia

Kentucky State Parks will provide lodging discounts to active-duty military personnel and veterans between November 1 and March 31.

Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker says all that's necessary to claim the discounts is to provide proof of military service at check-in.

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4:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Kenlake State Resort Park Names New Manager

Joe Mounce

Kenlake State Resort Park has a new manager.

Kentucky State Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker has tapped Somerset native Joe Mounce for the position. 

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