Rough River Dam State Resort Park: Derby Celebration on the Rough!

May 2, 2015: Watch the Big Race on the Big Screen

 

Rough River Derby Party 2015

Can you believe it’s almost time for the Kentucky Derby? Weren’t we just shoveling snow yesterday?  Wasn’t my husband just shoveling snow yesterday?

If you’re like most of us, you don’t even get close to Louisville for Derby day. This year, why not do something extra special and enjoy the Kentucky Derby with other race fans at Rough River? Click the flyer above or call the park (the number is on the flyer) for more information.

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Kentucky is an Especially Beautiful Place to Be in the Spring

Pictures of Spring Trees from Jack C Fisher Park in Owensboro

Spring Trees at Jack C Fisher Park - Owensboro, Kentucky

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature–the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”– Rachel Carson

Spring! Even the name sounds beautiful, filled with hope and excitement. As everything is blooming and coming alive all around us, be sure to take time (make time) to get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

These pictures were taken yesterday when two of my three daughters and I were enjoying a great walk at Jack C. Fisher Park here in Owensboro. This park is more than just a great baseball and softball complex, it’s also one of the most serene and beautiful places to enjoy a walk.

This is yet another time of the year that we’re very blessed, indeed, to live in Kentucky.

Spring Trees at Jack C Fisher Park - Owensboro, Kentucky

Mother’s Day Buffet Planned At Kentucky State Parks

Don't Forget to Visit the Gift Shops While You're There!

Rough River Dam State Resort Park's Grayson's Landing Restaurant

Delicious Coconut Cream Pie at Rough River Dam State Resort Park’s Grayson’s Landing Restaurant

The Kentucky State Resort Parks have special plans for Mother’s Day and would love for you and your family to come dine with them.

Plan to spend at least a portion of Sunday, May 10 at the Kentucky State Resort Park of your choice. In addition to the beautiful ambiance, you’ll be able to enjoy a very special Mother’s Day Buffet.

The menu includes salad bar, fruit, cheese, roast beef, roast pork with apple dressing, chicken and dumplings, fried catfish and hush puppies, vegetables and desserts.

The buffet will be served noon to 8 p.m. at most resort parks. The adult price is $18.99 plus tax; $8.99 plus tax for children ages 6-12 (drink included). (Kenlake State Resort Park serving time will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT; Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park will be offering a slightly different menu.)

If the state resort park you choose to visit is Rough River Dam State Resort Park, cross your fingers and hope with all your might that they have their coconut cream pie on the buffet! It’s been a while since I’ve eaten at a resort park’s restaurant (since I had to start eating gluten free, I don’t go a lot of places I once could), but I clearly remember this pie being ridiculously light and delicious.

It just sort of melted in your mouth and the crust was out of this world.

Each of the resort parks have wonderful gift shops you’ll want to visit, too. Make mom’s day extra special by allowing her to pick out something that’ll light up her world. Unique Kentucky handcrafted items, Kentucky food, and jewelry are some of my personal gift shop favorites.

Kentucky State Park gift cards are also available at parks and make excellent gifts.

For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov. You’ll find more information about each park, including the individual restaurants and phone numbers.

Click here for the PDF and more information.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park to Host a Red Hatters Pre-Derby Celebration

It's Always a Great Day to Head to Lake Barkley!

Lake Barkley

I’m always ready for a day spent at beautiful Lake Barkley.

Here’s a Red Hat Society Event derby loving ladies won’t want to miss out on!  Lake Barkley will host a Red Hat Society pre-Derby celebration on April 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Here’s a Red Hat Society Event derby loving ladies won’t want to miss out on!  Lake Barkley will host a Red Hat Society pre-Derby celebration on April 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lake Barkley asks that you come dressed in your finest Red Hatter’s Derby outfits and get ready to pick a winner while having a great time!  At this pre-Derby celebration, Red Hatters will enjoy lunch, tea and an afternoon at the races. The cost for this event is $18, and reservations are required.

The Red Hat Society is a group for women 50 and over. For more information, visit: http://redhatsociety.com/

Families and individuals can enjoy other entertainment and lodging opportunities at the park. Lake Barkley State Resort Park is the largest state resort park in Kentucky and features a lodge, cottages, the Windows on the Water Restaurant, a seasonal campground, 18-hole golf course, fitness center with indoor pool, marina, fishing, tennis courts, hiking trails, gift shop, and recreational and nature programming.  The park is located at 3500 State Park Road in Cadiz.  From Interstate 24, take the Highway 68 exit west toward Cadiz.

For more information contact Nick Edmonds at nick.edmonds@ky.gov or call the lodge at call 1-800-325-1708

 

Derby Weekend at Pennyrile Forest May 2-3

Can You Believe It's Almost That Time??!!

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Lodge
 

If you’ve never been to Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, I’m here to tell you that you’re missing out on something extra special. The beautiful scenery and the cozy lodge are really something else – and the fried catfish sandwich just might be the best one in the entire state of Kentucky.  The food is always really, really, really good in this state park’s restaurant (located downstairs in the lodge).

When I had to give up gluten and wheat, visions of the epic fried catifsh sandwich at Pennyrile broke my heart in two. See the picture below and you’ll understand why.

Fried Catfish Sandwich at Clifty Creek Restaurant (Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park)
Whether you’ve never been to Pennyrile or are (like us) regular guests, here’s a great chance to go back. Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is offering guests a chance to celebrate the Kentucky Derby at the park with a special Derby Weekend Package May 2-3, 2015.

The package includes one nights’ lodging, a dinner buffet Saturday night, watching the big race on television, a Derby hat contest, music from DJ Brandon Burke and a dance Saturday evening. A Sunday morning country ham buffet is also included.

The package is $150 plus tax for two people. Golf discounts are also available during the weekend.

For information and reservations, call Donnie Jones at 1-800-325-1711.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Lodge
The rustic wood and stone Pennyrile Lodge, with 24 rooms, sits serenely on a high cliff overlooking Pennyrile Lake. Open year-round, the park has 12 cottages in the wooded lodge area and on the lake’s shores. The restaurant seats 200, including a private dining room for up to 80. The park also has an 18-hole golf course with a pro shop, riding carts, pull carts and rental clubs. The course is open year-round, weather permitting. The park also offers hiking trails, fishing, basketball, tennis and horse campsites that are available year-round.

The resort is 20 miles northwest of Hopkinsville, on KY 109 North. Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is approximately 8 miles south of Dawson Springs. Take Exit 92 on Interstate 69.

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Land Between the Lakes: Things to Do This Weekend

Saturday, April 11th... There's A Lot Going On!

Sheep at The Homeplace, Land Between the Lakes
One of our favorite places on earth is Kentucky’s beautiful Land Between the Lakes, so this time of year is EXTRA exciting. Right about now, things really begin to get busy in the LBL and it makes us feel like kids on Christmas morning.

Below is a “run down” of special events and activities going on this weekend in the Land Between the Lakes. These events are, of course, in addition to the sights and activities you can enjoy on a regular basis, such as:

  • Elk & Bison Prairie – Open daily from dawn until dusk
    The Elk & Bison Prairie is a beautiful native grassland habitat that was common in Kentucky more than a century ago. Gorgeous elk and bison roam free within this 700-acre enclosure. In addition to these magnificent animals, we’ve also seen turkeys, eagles, herons, and too many birds to name. This is one extraordinary place.   $5 per vehicle 
  • Golden Pond Planetarium – Located inside the Golden Pond Visitor Center offers full-dome views of the night sky.  Organized groups of ten or more may schedule shows by calling 270-924-2020. Daily Planetarium Shows   Adults $5; Children $3    [Mon.-Fri. at 10am, and 12, 1, 2, 3, & 4pm   | Sat.-Sun. at 10, 11am, and 12, 1, 2, 3, & 4pm]

Special Events This Weekend!

Saturday, April 11 – Sheep Shearing at THE HOMEPLACE
10am-12pm and 1-3pm – Program free with HP admission.
It’s time for the Homeplace sheep to have their annual haircut. Visit with sheep shearer Gary Lawson, as he demonstrates and discusses the historic skill of hand shearing sheep.

Wool Work – HOMEPLACE
10am – 4pm – Program free with HP admission.
The work to make fresh new fleeces into yarn for next year’s winter clothing begins today. Lend a hand as the new wool is carefully scoured, teased, and carded.

The Voice: Animal Edition – NATURE STATION
11;30 am – Program free with NS admission.
Join us at Nature Station for our spin-off of the hit TV show “The Voice.” We’ll learn about animal communication, as we watch different animal voices battle it out for victory. Come vote for which contestant you think is worthy of the winning title.

Wild Edibles Hike & Tasting – NATURE STATION
2pm – $3 per person. Fee is separate from NS admission. Reservations required because space is limited. Please call 270-924-2020 to reserve your place.
People have enjoyed nature’s bounty for centuries, and here in western Kentucky our forests produce many tasty treats! We’ll sample some foods and drinks made from local wild edibles and go for a one-mile hike to learn how to identify these items as they grow in the wild.

Wait, there’s more! Keep reading beneath the picture…Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky

Also in the Land Between the Lakes This Weekend…

Friday (10th): 10am-12pm and 1-3pm – New! Home School Day – HOMEPLACE

Program free with HP admission. *Ideal for Home Educators.  Recommended for ages 5-12.

The Homeplace invites home educators and their families to spend a day on the farm and experience life in 1850s.  At the first annual Home School Day, children will have fun doing old time farm chores, as they learn practical math and science skills to use today.

Be sure to spend time in the Gift Shop/Learning Center too. So much to see, so much to learn, and (shhh, don’t tell my husband) so much to buy!

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Carter Caves Wildflower Pilgrimage Weekend is April 17-19

Another Beautiful Wildflower Weekend in Kentucky

Deer at Carter Caves State Resort Park

I associate certain things with Kentucky’s different state parks – people, sights, food, animals, etc that I identify with each beautiful park. One of the things I think of when I hear the words Carter Caves State Resort Park is the picture above. It’s actually one of my favorite photographs that I’ve ever taken. The fact that this beautiful deer showed up, so poignantly, beside the “Prevent Forest Fires” sign could be considered a major stroke of luck.

The fact that she stayed in place, posing, for several minutes (not even flinching when I dropped my camera), reminded me that God is always with me… even when I’m super clumsy.

In addition to this picture, I also think of the gorgeous scenery at Carter Caves. Absolutely stunning.

Beautiful Carter Caves State Resort Park will host its Wildflower Pilgrimage Weekend April 17-19, 2015.

I can only imagine the beautiful show Carter Caves (with its blooms of many shapes and colors decorating the forest floor) puts on each Spring!

From the Kentucky State Parks: Guests can experience the beauty of the area during wildflower and wildlife walks, van tours and canoe trips throughout the weekend.

Admission to field trips and workshops is $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages 6-12). Guests will sign up for programs at the park Friday night or Saturday morning. Evening programs will also be scheduled. Registration is required since space is limited.

There will be trips focusing on wildflowers, birds, ferns and tree identification, a canoe trip on Smoky Lake and more. Whether you are an experienced wildflower enthusiast, a beginner bloomer or just someone who enjoys being in the woods, this is the perfect weekend to get outside and experience the natural beauty of spring.

For a detailed agenda, click here.

An overnight package including two nights’ lodging and registration for two is $169.95 (plus tax).  The campground also will be open. Call the park at 606-286-4411 to register.

Carter Caves State Resort Park is located at 344 Caveland Drive in Olive Hill, Kentucky. The park has a lodge with a restaurant, cottages and campground. Besides cave tours, activities include hiking, horseback riding, swimming, boating and fishing.

Directions: From Interstate 64, Exit 161, take U.S. 60 east. Go approximately 2 miles and turn left on KY 182 north. The park entrance is 3 miles from the left turn onto KY 182 north.

Crested Dwarf Iris at Carter Caves

A Crested Dwarf Iris at Carter Caves

(Iris Photo Courtesy of the Kentucky State Parks)

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Geocaching Weekend at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

Any Time is the Right Time to Visit Lake Cumberland!

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park Sign
 

One of Kentucky’s most beautiful parks is Lake Cumberland State Resort Park. I could sit here at my desk and type for 6 hours straight and still not tell you ALL the special things about this park or describe even half of the beauty to you.

It’s one of those places you simply have to see for yourself.

As luck would have it, this month presents you with a perfect opportunity!

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will host the 10th Annual Earth Day Geocache Weekend April 24-26, 2015.

Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches.”

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park has prepared another challenging hunt for everyone, from the novice to the expert cacher. Be prepared for a challenge! Everyone can enjoy the beauty of Lake Cumberland State Resort Park while making sure we keep it clean by “Cache In Trash Out” and “Leave No Trace.”

The geocache weekend will begin on Friday, April 24, and continue through Sunday, April 26. The weekend starts Friday evening at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park with registration from 5:30 p.m. through 8 p.m. CDT. The staff will also go over event rules.

Caching will commence promptly at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday morning at Lake Cumberland and will end at noon Sunday. Participants will meet briefly each morning to disseminate coordinates and your cache packet. You may be able to download the coordinates to your GPS if you have a USB cord with you. Otherwise, you can manually download coordinates.

The registration fee for the weekend is $30 per couple (any two people) and $20 per individual; children 12 and under are $10. Preregistration is not required, but would be greatly appreciated.   A limited number of lodge rooms are available at a special rate for the weekend. Call 1-800-325-1709.

Click HERE to print out a registration form. Please make checks payable to Lake Cumberland State Resort Park.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park near Jamestown has a lodge, cottages, Rowena Landing Restaurant, disc golf course, indoor pool and hot tub, gift shop, fishing, picnic areas and hiking trails. Lake Cumberland State Resort is 45 miles west of Somerset. Take the Cumberland Parkway to US 127 and go south through Jamestown to reach the park.

Spring is a great time to begin the Kentucky State Parks Geotour, which is available at all 49 Kentucky State Parks. Passports are available at each park for the geotour. More information about the geotour and the permitting process is available at www.parks.ky.gov/geocaching

Geocaching at Lake Cumberland

Herpetology Weekend at Natural Bridge State Resort Park: April 17-18, 2015

Snakes, Turtles, Frogs, Salamanders, and Lizards, Oh My!

If you know anything about me, you know I’m an animal lover from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. In fact, my obsession with feeding, photographing, and loving any and all animals has earned me the nickname “Snow White” in my family.

And then there are snakes. Frogs. Lizards. And Turtles.

This “Snow White” used to draw a line in her Kentucky forest between those with fur or feathers and those without. But, to be honest with you, I’ve come to love frogs and turtles – and lizards and salamanders are working on me.

As for the other… well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  I don’t wish them any harm, but you won’t find me cuddling one either.

Below is information from Natural Bridge State Park and if you love these “critters,” you’ll want to mark your calendar right away.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is hosting Herpetology Weekend, April 17-18. This weekend is a great way to learn about some of nature’s most misunderstood critters: snakes, lizards, turtles, salamanders and frogs!

On Saturday, April 18, experienced herpetologists will lead morning and afternoon field trips into the Red River Gorge and surrounding areas to observe reptiles and amphibians in their native habitat. This is a great opportunity for the entire family to come enjoy nature and see some fairly secretive wildlife up close and personal!

All field trips depart from the Hemlock Lodge lobby. Saturday morning trips will stagger starts from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and the Saturday afternoon field trips will stagger starts from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Evening presentations by leading experts in the field will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Woodland Center. A live reptile show will be presented by the staff of the Kentucky Reptile Zoo on Saturday night.

On-site registration fee is $10 per adult, $3 for ages 13-17 and free for ages 12 and under. Registration opens 30 minutes prior to field trip departure or presentation.

For more information about Herpetology Weekend at Natural Bridge State Resort Park, contact the Natural Bridge Naturalist Office at 606-663-2214 or email andrew.stevens@ky.gov

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is home to one of the larger natural arches in the state and is surrounded by Daniel Boone National Forest. Natural Bridge offers lodging, cottages, and campground accommodations. Hiking trails and other recreational opportunities are available. For more information call 606-663-2214 or visit www.parks.ky.gov/findparks/resortparks/nb

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is 52 miles southeast of Lexington and 2 miles off the Mountain Parkway at Slade, Exit 33.

 

Wood Frog at Natural Bridge State Park

Wood Frog at Natural Bridge

Photo Credit: Kentucky State Parks

Wildflower Weekend at Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Grab Your Camera and Mark Your Calendar for April 10-12, 2015

Black-Eyed Susans
 

If you love flowers even half as much as I do, you’ll want to make sure you aren’t busy on the weekend of April 10-12.  The Kentucky Native Plant Society will hold its Wildflower Weekend during these dates at the beautiful Natural Bridge State Resort Park.

The weekend will feature field trips, starting Friday morning, led by professional and amateur biologists around the state park and surrounding areas such the Rock Garden Trail, Whittleton Arch Trail and Sheltowee Trace.  All trips leave from Hemlock Lodge.

The cost is $10 for adults, $3 for ages 13-17 and free for ages 12 and under.

Kentucky Naturally by Thomas G. BarnesThere will be a program Friday at 7 p.m. on the photography of Thomas G. Barnes, a former society president who died in 2014. Barnes was a University of Kentucky professor and conservationist whose photographs were published around the world. His most recent book will be featured.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is home to one of the largest and most famous natural arches in Kentucky and is surrounded by breathtaking topography and unique flora and fauna within the Daniel Boone National Forest. The park offers lodging, dining, cottages, and campground accommodations.  Hiking trails and other recreational opportunities are also available. For more information call 1-606-663-2214 or visit Natural Bridge State Resort Park –  the Park’s official website.

You can also find more information about the Kentucky Native Plant Society online.