List of Kentucky state parks

Maintained by the Kentucky Department of Parks, Kentucky's system of 50 state parks has been referred to as "the nation's finest" and experiences more repeat business annually than those of any other U.S. state. [1] The state's diverse geography provides a variety of environments to experience. From mountain lakes to expansive caves to forests teeming with wildlife, park-goers have their choice of attractions, and they are all within a day's drive of each other.

Unless otherwise specified, data in the following lists are taken from Kentucky State Parks by Bill Bailey. [1]

Although the Kentucky Horse Park is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, it is administered separately from the Department of Parks. Breaks Interstate Park is also separate, administered under an interstate compact with the state of Virginia, in partnership with the parks departments of both states.

State recreational parks

Kentucky's 24 "rec parks" span the state from Columbus to Pikeville. Each features outdoor camping areas with a variety of outdoor activities. [2]

Image Park Name County or Counties Size
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Carr Creek State Park Knott County [2] Lake: 750 acres (3.0 km2) [2]
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Columbus-Belmont State Park Hickman County [3] 156 acres (0.63 km2)
Dawkins Line Rail Trail Johnson and Magoffin Counties
E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park Louisville 370 acres (1.5 km2)
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Fishtrap Lake State Park Pikeville [2] Park: 300 acres (1.2 km2)
Lake:1,131 acres (4.6 km2)
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Fort Boonesborough State Park Richmond 153 acres (0.62 km2)
General Burnside State Park Pulaski County [3] 430 acres (1.7 km2)
Grayson Lake.jpg
Grayson Lake State Park Carter County [3] Park: 1,200 acres (4.9 km2)
Lake: 1,512 acres (6.1 km2)
Green River Lake.jpg
Green River Lake State Park Taylor County [3] Park: 1,331 acres (5.4 km2)
Lake: 8,200 acres (33 km2)
John James Audubon State Park Henderson County [3] Park: 692 acres (2.8 km2)
Lakes: 28 acres (0.11 km2) & 9 acres (0.04 km2)
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Kincaid Lake State Park Pendleton County [3] Park: 850 acres (3.4 km2)
Lake: 183 acres (0.74 km2)
Kingdom Come State Park Harlan County Park: 1,027 acres (4.2 km2)
Lake: 3 acres (0.01 km2)
Lake Malone State Park Muhlenberg County [3] Park: 338 acres (1.4 km2)
Lake: 788 acres (3.2 km2)
McHargue’s Mill.jpg
Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park Laurel County [3] 896 acres (3.6 km2)
Lincoln Homestead State Park Washington County [3] 120 acres (0.49 km2)
Mineral Mound State Park Eddyville [2] 541 acres (2.2 km2)
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My Old Kentucky Home State Park Bardstown 285 acres (1.2 km2)
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Nolin Lake State Park Edmonson County Park: 333 acres (1.3 km2)
Lake: 5,795 acres (23 km2) [4]
Old Fort Harrod State Park.jpg
Old Fort Harrod State Park Harrodsburg 15 acres (0.06 km2)
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Paintsville Lake State Park Johnson County [3] Park: 242 acres (1.0 km2)
Lake: 1,139 acres (4.6 km2)
Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail Bell, Harlan, Letcher, and Pike Counties Under construction [5]
Taylorsville lake.jpg
Taylorsville Lake State Park Spencer County [3] Park: 1,625 acres (6.6 km2)
Lake: 3,050 acres (12 km2)
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Yatesville Lake State Park Lawrence County [3] Lake: 2,300 acres (9.3 km2) [3]