Holiday Getaway at a Kentucky State Park

You can travel over the river and through the woods, even if you’re not going to grandmother’s house.

It’s easy to give thanks when you’re at a Kentucky state park. These oases offer great activities, accommodations, and dining at fabulous prices. How does a delicious, all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving buffet for $12.95 per person grab you? That and more await at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park.

Bluegrass Bargain
Located in the Eastern Kentucky mountains, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park lies 124 miles southeast of Lexington, but it might as well be light-years away. Oh, you'll find plenty of civilization here, but you will also discover mountain vistas, a 1,200-acre lake, and lots of wildlife.

You'll enjoy the accommodations at Buckhorn too. Choose from the 36 lodge rooms ($59.95); two-bedroom cottages ($139.95); or the three-bedroom, two-bath cottage ($149.95). Nor will you have to worry about foraging for food. The dining room―open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner―serves up great Southern favorites, often using local produce. Stretch your legs on the two walking trails that take you to overlooks and through more of Kentucky’s natural, scenic beauty.

After a refreshing hike, try your hand on the tennis, shuffleboard, volleyball, and basketball courts. Miniature golf is another favorite, as is the always-popular fishing in Buckhorn Lake. Teeming with largemouth and Kentucky bass, the lake also holds crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, and muskie.

Try to stay at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park during Thanksgiving weekend, when you'll enjoy activities and crafts the entire time, highlighted by the wonderfully flavorful Thanksgiving buffet.

For more information
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park: 4441 State 1833, Buckhorn, KY 41721; http://parks.ky.gov/findparks/resortparks/bk/ or (606) 398-7510.

More Events at Kentucky Parks
Other Kentucky state parks offer special events during November. Check out these Bluegrass fun spots.

  • Jenny Wiley State Resort Park: November 4, 11, and 18 and December 9. Take an elk-viewing tour ($12 adults, $7 ages 12 and under) in this mountain resort along Dewey Lake. 75 Theatre Court, Prestonsburg, KY 41653; (606) 886-2711.
  • Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park: November 10–11. Swing your partner at the Country Western Weekend. This couples-friendly package ($190 per couple) includes dance lessons, a Saturday night dinner and dance, and two night's lodging. 20781 Pennyrile Lodge Road, Dawson Springs, KY 42408; (270) 797-3421.
  • General Butler State Resort Park: November 23. Bring the family, and indulge in a delectable Thanksgiving Day buffet. 1608 State 227, Carrollton, KY 41008; (502) 732-4384.

"Kentucky Holiday Getaway" is from the November 2006 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.