At Kentucky State Parks October means celebrating Halloween and camping and so much more. Many of the parks continue to host events throughout the fall season and into winter. For visitors to the parks, the end of October also brings the end the peak season and the beginning of the off-peak pricing at lodges the resort parks.
The parks still have plenty of adventurous and educational programs on tap all over the Commonwealth. Even if you don’t find the ‘perfect’ outing, head out to a park near you and create your own adventure.
The following is a sampling of the just some of the fun things happening at parks in the Commonwealth Friday, October 28, 2011 through Wednesday, November 2, 2011.
- For a complete list of Halloween events around Kentucky, read this knotmove.com article.
- Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in partnership with the Paramount Arts Center will present a dinner theater on Friday featuring “Tales of Suspense: An Evening of One-Act Scary Plays.” The dinner theater starts at 6:30 p.m. at a cost of $35 per person. Stay overnight at the park and be ready to lace up the running shoes on Saturday as the park will be the site of the Greenbo 5K Challenge Race. The course is run on asphalt and trophies will be awarded in different age categories. Registration fee is $15 and includes a tee shirt; race begins at 10:00 a.m. (800) 325-0083
- Big Bone Lick State Park invites anyone interested in learning more about star gazing to come to the park on Friday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for lessons on Searching the Stars presented by Dr. Wayne Bresser and Dr. Ray McNeil. Telescopes will be set up for viewing galaxies, stars, planets, and the moon. (859) 384-3522
- Jenny Wiley State Resort Park continues an Elk Viewing schedule with daybreak tours on Saturday and Sunday. (800) 325-0142
- Cumberland Falls State Resort Park will hold its 21st annual Moonbow Trail Trek on Saturday. This hike will take participants on a 7-mile daylight trip to see the falls and other natural formations and is for adventurous hikers; those hikers with less experience can opt for a 4.5 mile trek. The longer hike will depart at 8:30 a.m. and a second hike will start at 10:00 a.m.; the 4.5 mile hike leaves at 10:00 a.m. and again at 11:00 a.m. Check-in stations will be staffed throughout the hike and sweeps will be conducted to ensure safety; the hikes are not recommended for children under 10 or for solo hikers. The cost is $10 per person and includes a tee shirt. (800) 325-1709
- Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will host Senior Bingo on Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 for those 50 and over. Prizes will include certificates for the dining room and the gift shop. A special buffet is available for just $6.95 per person; the bingo is free. (800) 325-1711
With 52 state parks within the borders of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, finding a state park nearby is easy. Visit www.parks.ky.gov for a full list of parks or use www.maps.google.com for detailed driving directions.