Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Kentucky Tourist Attractions Are Still Open Despite Federal Closure

ky unbridled adv 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (10/4/13) - While the federal government shutdown has temporarily closed several national parks in Kentucky, all Kentucky state parks and private attractions remain open for travelers' and vacationers' enjoyment.

The national sites in Kentucky closed by the shutdown are Mammoth Cave National Park, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Portions of Daniel Boone National Forest are also affected.

"Despite the closure of certain facilities, Kentucky is still a great place to visit and travel in," said Michael Mangeot, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism. "We're open for business with lots of family fun."

Although the Lincoln Birthplace is closed, Lincoln admirers can still experience his life and times at the Lincoln Museum in Hodgenville, which is open and contains an exceptional collection of the 16th president's memorabilia.

Mammoth Cave's closure hasn't affected the many private show caves in south central Kentucky, which are open and offer many tours for those interested in the underground experience. These include Hidden River Cave, Outlaw Cave, Onyx Cave, Lost River Cave, Mammoth Onyx Cave, Diamond Caverns and Cub Run Cave.

There are many other attractions to keep visiting and local families busy in south central Kentucky, including a pit stop at the National Corvette Museum, a step back in time at the Historic Railpark & Train Museum, and seasonal fun at Jackson's Orchard and Chaney's Dairy Barn. All these attractions are in the Bowling Green area.

Southeastern Kentucky still has an abundance of activities. Natural Bridge State Resort Park in the Red River Gorge area is open. The Big South Fork Scenic Railway is still in operation, although the coal tipple at the Blue Heron Mining Community is closed. Pine Mountain State Resort Park is open with an award-winning golf course.

At southeastern Kentucky's Lake Cumberland, Lake Cumberland State Resort Park and other state, county and private marinas, campgrounds and boat ramps are open. However, campgrounds and launching ramps operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be closed at noon Friday Oct. 4. For more information, consult www.lakecumberlandtourism.com.

In western Kentucky, the Land Between The Lakes region is still an exceptional vacation spot with three state resort parks, golf, marinas, camping, hiking and fishing. The state resort parks, which feature lodges, marinas and many activities, are Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Kenlake State Resort Park and Lake Barkley State Resort Park.  

For a list of Kentucky state parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov. To find all types of family fun activities, check www.kentuckytourism.com.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Bob Adams (Kentucky Dept. of Travel and Tourism)

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

HCCHS JV and Varsity Dance Teams Honored

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (4/22/14) — Hopkins County Central High School Junior Varsity and Varsity Dance Teams took home… Read More

West Hopkins Schools Scholarship Applications for Seniors Available

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (4/22/14) — Planning to attend a four-year college or university? Need cash? West Hopkins School is… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

April 22, 2014 9431

18 EPA Earth Day Events Take Action on…

in News by EPA
April 21, 2014 4990

Meet The Hopkins County Magistrate…

in News by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 21, 2014 3359

Fire Destroys Old Tobacco Building in…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 22, 2014 3304

Three Juveniles Charged in Connection…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 21, 2014 2765

Biscuits & Bacon - Easter Eggs and…

in News by SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

April 22, 2014 1938

Madisonville Woman Charged with Internet…

in Top Stories by Christopher Rogers
April 19, 2014 1532

Fifth Third on Main Street Comes Down

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 19, 2014 1368

MPD Arrests Juveniles for Recent Rash of…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
April 19, 2014 1059

Louisville Man Charged in Madisonville…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
April 21, 2014 530

Hanson Student Among 25 Receiving…

in Top Stories by Abbie Darst

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

April 21, 2014 2125

'Heath & Molly' Benefit Concert…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 21, 2014 1381

Owensboro Chamber Plans First ‘Lunch…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
April 22, 2014 525

DCPS Among Top 100 Nationally for Finance…

in News by Lora Wimsatt
April 22, 2014 379

New Hwy. 54 Traffic Light to Go Into…

in News by Keith Todd
April 22, 2014 183

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art Plans Exhibit

in Top Stories by Mary Hood

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

April 21, 2014 3359

Fire Destroys Old Tobacco Building in…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 22, 2014 3304

Three Juveniles Charged in Connection…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 21, 2014 1657

One Injured in Rosewood Wreck

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 22, 2014 899

Parsons Named Student of the Month

in Top Stories by Joyce Riggs
April 22, 2014 719

Muhlenberg Last Day of School

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03