FRANKFORT, Ky. — March madness is set to begin at campsites all across the commonwealth. Camping season officially opens on March 12.
Russ Meyer is the Department of Parks Commissioner and he says, “One of the most popular recreational activities at Kentucky State Parks every year is camping." Meyer added, “Over the past year, our staff has been committed to making improvements at several campgrounds that we believe will improve our guests’ overall camping experience.”
There are 45 state parks in Kentucky, 30 of which open on March 12, and all state park campgrounds have water and electric services, sewer hookups, and bathhouses. Visitors will also find picnic tables and fire rings at each improved site.
State Park campgrounds will stay open through mid-November and there will even be a few sites that stay open in the winter.
The campgrounds at John James Audubon State Park and Carr Creek State Park will not open this season because of ongoing upgrades and repairs.
Looking for a special deal? April 23-25 is the annual Camper Appreciation Weekend and visitors can get a promotional discount of two nights for the price of one. Park visitors can enjoy several outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and biking.
Because of the coronavirus, park guests are required to follow all safety guidelines including Red Zone Reduction Recommendations, face-covering requirements, and social distancing.
While visiting park grounds, guests should adhere to the following:
- Wear a mask or facial covering;
- Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms;
- Maintain safe social distancing at least 6 feet;
- Do not congregate in groups;
- Avoid games that require close contact; and
- Move to a different location to avoid crowds.