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From underground caves to the shores of lakes and rivers to the highest peaks of the Appalachians, Kentucky state parks are considered by many to be the nation’s finest.

Maintained by the Kentucky Department of Parks, the state of Kentucky boasts a total of 52 state parks, including 24 recreation state parks, 17 Kentucky resort parks (more than any other state), and 11 historic state parks.

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Kentucky Recreation Parks

Camping, fishing, boating, swimming, caving, hiking, horseback riding, birding and so much more. Kentucky’s 24 recreation state parks cater to outdoor enthusiasts who want to take in all that Kentucky’s natural environment has to offer. Recreation parks also offer a number of Kentucky state park cabins and cottages, delicately tucked away in the wooded surroundings.

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Kentucky Resort Parks

Beyond the natural beauty and scenic views of the Kentucky landscape, Kentucky Resort Parks offer full-service lodges that include guest rooms and dining. Examples Cumberland Falls State Park, home of the rare “moon bow;” Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, located near the famous “Land Between the Lakes;” and 19 state parks featuring 9-hole and 18-hole golf courses. 

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Kentucky Historic Parks

Discover Kentucky’s unique history and heritage in Kentucky’s Historic Parks. Explore frontier-style Kentucky state park cabins, family gravesites and Civil War trails. Comb through the artifacts of an excavated mound museum and travel down historic Native American trails.

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