On Thursday, January 26, 2012, a bridge collapsed on US-68/KY-80. This highway is the main east-west connection between Kenlake State Resort Park and Lake Barkley State Resort Park and the road will be closed for quite some time. Both of the parks are still open but getting to either park, especially from points east, will mean detouring. Only Kenlake has events scheduled for the upcoming week (see below) but both parks have a great deal of visitors most any time. Allow plenty of extra travel time if heading to either of these two parks.
Events at Kentucky State Parks for Monday, January 30 through Sunday, February 5, 2012:
- John James Audubon continues to show the Kentucky Guild of Artists Exhibit which runs through March 11, 2012. A “Little Rembrandts” Valentine art program is scheduled for Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for children 3-5 (with adult). On Saturday the park will educate with Heart Healthy Families program from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with information on planning healthier meals and choosing family-type fun exercises. Owl Prowl along the Ohio River will be held on Sunday. (270) 827-1893
- E.P. “Tom” Sawyer invites anyone interested in getting in shape to attend a Yoga or Zumba class both of which are held weekly throughout the year; the fee is $5 per class session. Yoga (bring your own mat) is held on Mondays at 9:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and on Fridays 9:15 a.m. Zumba meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. (502) 429-7270
- Rough River Dam offers a great dining opportunity with Seafood Night on Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (800) 325-1713
- Kenlake will hold an Eagle Watch Weekend Friday-Sunday. The bridge collapse on US-68 may mean a detour if coming to the park from the Louisville area or other points east. (800) 325-0123
- Jenny Wiley continues Elk Viewing Tours Saturday morning at daybreak (800) 325-0142
- Fort Boonesborough begins the Fireside Chats series on Saturday evening with Scott New presenting Daniel Boone. (859) 527-3131
With 51 state parks in Kentucky, finding something to do at a state park is easy. To find a park nearby your corner of the state, go to www.parks.ky.gov or use google maps for directions.