12 Kentucky State Parks with Big Family Cabins and Cottages

    Kentucky has 45 State Parks, each with its own unique attributes, from shorelines to majestic mountains, from winding caves to enchanting woodlands. Kentucky State Parks contain over 300 miles of hiking trails and many lakes to enjoy water activities. We found twelve parks that offer cabins and cottages to accommodate your big family.

     

     

    Barren River Lake State Resort Park

    Barren River Lake State Resort Park is home to lush green rolling hills, a boastful 10,000-acre lake, and fabulous wildlife in southern Kentucky. Visit the Recreation Hall to see live reptiles, read storybooks, and discover Kentucky wildlife. Enjoy a meal at the Driftwood Restaurant. Enjoy the outdoors by hiking through the woods and down by the lake. The lake has a shoreline of 141 miles. Schedule time for swimming and fishing. There are three playgrounds open year-round and 2 seasonal,

    Take advantage of the 22, two-bedroom, two-bath cabins offered at Barren River Lake. Each cabin has 4 beds, full kitchen, dining room, living room, picnic table, and grill. Ask to upgrade and experience the luxury of our Villas which add more space, screened-in back porch, and a gas fireplace. Open year-round. Rooms are available by late afternoon. Lodge room check-out by 11 a.m. local time. We are now pet friendly. No more than two pets are allowed per room/cottage. High-speed wireless internet service available at the lodge.

    2 BR Cottage 4 DBL

    Cottages offer two bedrooms with 2 double beds in each bedroom, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen with cookware and utensils, dining room, living room, and a private deck. Sleeps 8.

    Deluxe Villa with 2 Bedrooms, 4 queens, sleeps 8.

     

    Breaks Interstate Park

    At Breaks Interstate park there are plenty of options to play outdoors. Pedal boats, canoes, and a Jon Boat are available seasonally for rental by the hour or half-hour on beautiful Laurel Lake. Visitors may use these boats as a means to explore, or for fishing. A boat dock is available. More than 25 miles of hiking trails lace the park, varying from easy to difficult. Most are less than one mile long, but interconnected trails offer the more ambitious hiker a good choice of routes over varying terrain. Visit the water park which includes a 4,000 square-foot beach-entry leisure pool, four water slides, a spray ground; in-pool basketball and volleyball areas, and shade structures.

    Cabins are available for accommodating larger families. Each cabin features a covered front porch with rocking chairs and a furnished lakefront back deck overlooking Laurel Lake.

    3 Bedroom Cabins (#3 & #4)

    These cabins have three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Bedding includes a king, 2 queens, and a sofa sleeper. The cabin includes a fully equipped kitchen and washer/dryer. Flat-screen TVs and DVD. Sleeps 8.

    2 Bedroom Cabins (#1 & #5)

    These cabins have two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Bedding includes a king, 2 queens, and a sofa sleeper. The cabin includes a fully equipped kitchen and washer/dryer. Flat-screen TVs and DVD. Sleeps 8.

    2 Bedroom Cabin, Handicap Accessible (#2)

    This cabin has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Bedding includes a king, queen, and sofa sleeper. The cabin includes a fully equipped kitchen and washer/dryer. Flat-screen TVs and DVD. Sleeps 6.

    Woodland Cottages

    Nestled in the fringe of the forest near Beaver Pond, the four cottages are 2 bedrooms, one bath split-levels, and can sleep up to 6. One bedroom features a queen-sized bed and the other has two twin beds. The living area has a flat-screen TV, two recliners, and a queen-sized pull out sofa. Kitchens are fully furnished with a four-burner stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, toaster, cookware, dishes, and flatware. Sorry, no pets allowed.

    Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park

    Located in the northern portion of the Daniel Boone National Forest in the foothills of the Cumberland Plateau, Buckhorn Lake State Park has 856 acres of lush Kentucky mountain land. The surrounding forest is filled with wildlife and Buckhorn Lake has excellent fishing. Stop by the marina and ask about their fishing loaner program where you can check out free equipment. The marina has 95 open slips, two launching ramps, rental pontoon boats, and fishing boats. The lodge swimming pool is for the exclusive use of lodge and cottage guests. The public beach has a bathhouse complex for visitor convenience.

    2 BR Deluxe 4 Queens

    Two bedroom cottage with two full bathrooms. Fully equipped kitchen, deck, and grill.

    Two bedroom cottage with 4 queen beds in each room. Two full bathrooms. The cottage includes a fully equipped kitchen with cookware, dinnerware, and utensils. The cottage has a deck and grill for outdoor entertaining. Sleeps 8.

    3 BR Cottage 3 Dbl 1 Bath

    Three-bedroom cottage with 3 double beds, 1 full bath, fully equipped kitchen, deck, and grill for outdoor entertaining. The cottage has a deck and grill for outdoor entertaining. Sleeps 6.

     

    Carter Caves State Resort Park

    Carter Caves State Resort Park is home to more than 20 caverns winding beneath its forested hills. Four of these caves are open for tours, available throughout the year. Visit the Carter Caves Gem Mine, located at the Welcome Center Gift Shop. Discover the above-ground beauty of Carter Caves on 33 miles of wooded nature trails. Enjoy some quiet time fishing in Smoky Valley Lake, known for trophy bass. Take in a game of miniature golf at the 18 hole course. Enjoy a meal at Tierney’s Cavern.

    2 BR Deluxe 4 Qn Firep

    Two-Bedroom Cottage includes 4 Queen size beds, kitchen fully stocked with utensils, dinnerware, and cookware. The cottage includes a wood-burning fireplace, covered deck, and a grill for outdoor entertainment. Sleeps 8.

     

    General Butler State Resort Park

    Named for General William Orlando Butler, the family’s military fame spanned from Colonial times through the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Civil War. Today your family can enjoy a day on the lake at General Butler. Rental pedal boats, canoes, rowboats, and surf bikes are available seasonally at the Boat Dock. Borrow fishing equipment from the park and spend an afternoon fishing.

    General Butler State Resort Park preserves the Butler-Turpin Historic home built in 1859. The house is a brick federal-style residence with many period pieces as well as family heirlooms. 

    To tour the historic home, purchase tickets at the lodge front desk at least 15 minutes prior to the tour start time. Your tour guide will meet you at the house.

    2 Bedroom Deluxe Cottage – 4 Queen beds – ADA

    2 Bedroom Cottage has 4 queens beds, ADA, AC, kitchen, cable TV, living room, dining, and a private bath. Sleeps 8.

    3 Bedroom Deluxe Cottage

    3 bedroom deluxe cottages come with central heat/air-fully equipped kitchens-dining area-living area with basic cable-bedrooms-and two bathrooms. Sleeps 8.

    3 Bedroom Cottage

    3 bedroom cottages come with central heat/air, fully equipped kitchens, dining area, living area with basic cable, bedrooms, bathroom. Sleeps 6.

     

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    Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

    Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is sure to offer something for everyone. Pontoons, canoes, kayaks, and a Jon boat available for rent so you can enjoy 1,100-acre Dewey Lake. Visit the marina for rentals. Dewey Lake has largemouth and hybrid striped bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie. Don’t have a fishing pole? Ask at the park about their fishing loaner program where you can check out free equipment. Park trails provide over ten miles of hiking for all ability levels, as well as a three-mile mountain bike loop.

    The Jenny Wiley Theatre presents summer musicals in the park’s amphitheater. The season runs June 6 through August 21.www.jwtheatre.com

    2 BR Standard or 2 BR Warbler Loop

    Two bedroom cottage includes two full-size beds in each room. This modern cottage includes a full bathroom with all amenities and a fully functional kitchen with all dishes and utensils. The cottage includes a wrap-around deck and a screened-in back patio. Sleeps 8.

    Kenlake State Resort Park

    Kenlake State Resort Park is a beautiful lakefront resort located on Kentucky Lake. Kenlake Marina offers boat rentals, covered slips, transient slips, and a Marina store with gas and diesel, and a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch. Spend some family time fishing; ask the park about their free fishing equipment loaner program. Tire the kids out at a playground or swimming at the pool available to lodge and cottage guests. 

    2 BDR-4 Full NS Cottage

    Two bedroom cottage with four double size beds. The cottage has a full kitchen stocked with basic utensils-dinnerware and cookware. The living/dining room is fully furnished. Cable television and wireless internet access are included. All linens included. The cottage has a charcoal grill-screened porch and central heating and air. Sleeps 8. 

    2 BR-3 beds

    Two bedroom cottage with one queen and two double size beds. The cottage has a full kitchen stocked with basic utensils, dinnerware, and cookware. The living/dining room is fully furnished. Cable television and wireless internet access are included. All linens included.  The cottage has a charcoal grill, screened porch, and central heating and air. Sleeps 6.

    3 BR cottage-3 Queen beds

    Three-bedroom cottage with three queen size beds. The cottage has a full kitchen stocked with basic utensils, dinnerware, and cookware. The living/dining room is fully furnished. Cable television and wireless internet access are included. All linens included. The cottage has a charcoal grill, a small deck, and central heating and air. Sleeps 6.

     

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    Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

    Kentucky Dam Village is one of three state resort parks near Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, a 170,000-acre wooded peninsula bound by Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. The lake has an abundance of largemouth, smallmouth, Kentucky and white bass, bluegill, channel, and blue catfish, crappie, and sauger. The park’s boat dock features overnight dockage, rental fishing boats, pontoon boats, and ski boats. A swimming pool adjacent to the lodge is for the use of lodge and cottage guests only.

    2 BR Cottage 2 Dbls

    Two bedroom cottage with 2 double beds, fully equipped kitchen. Some have sleeper sofas.

    The cottage has one double bed in each bedroom. It has a fully equipped kitchen with cooking utensils and dishes. Sleeps 6.

    2 BR Cottage Accessible 

    Standard two bedroom one bathroom cottage. The cottage has one double bed in each bedroom. It has a fully equipped kitchen with cooking utensils and dishes. Sleeper Sofa. Handicap accessible. Sleeps 6.

    2 BR Cottage Accessible 3 Dbls

    Standard two bedroom one bathroom cottage. The cottage has one double bed in each bedroom. It has a fully equipped kitchen with cooking utensils and dishes. Sleeper Sofa. Handicap accessible. Sleeps 6.

    2 BR Deluxe Accessible 4 Qn

    Two bedroom-two bathroom deluxe cottage. The cottage has two queen beds in each bedroom. The eat-in kitchen is fully furnished with dishes-cookware and utensils. The cottage has a large living area as well as a screened porch. Sleeps 8.

    3 BR Cottage 3 Dbls

    Three bedrooms, one bathroom deluxe cottage. The cottage has one double bed in each bedroom. The eat-in kitchen is fully furnished with dishes, cookware, and utensils. The cottage has a large living area. Located near the playground. Sleeps 6.

    3 BR Exec 5 Dbls 1 Tw 2

    Three bedrooms, two bath executive cottage. Two-level cottage main level has one bedroom, one bath, kitchen, dining, and living area. The lower level has two bedrooms and one bath. The lower level opens to a small patio. The upper level opens to a larger deck. Beds include 5 doubles and one single. Sleeps 11.

    3 BR Exec 4 Dbls 2 Qn 3

    Three bedrooms, three bath executive cottage. The main level has a large living/dining area, kitchen, one bedroom, and one bath. The upper level has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an extra sitting area with a sleeper sofa. Fully furnished kitchen with dishes, utensils, cookware. The cottage has a large deck. Beds include 2 queens and 4 doubles and a sofa sleeper. Sleeps 12.

     

    Lake Barkley State Resort Park

    Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz, Kentucky rests on the shores of one of the world’s largest man-made lakes and provides for an array of outdoor activity. With a 57,920-acre lake, Barkley is a year-round boating paradise. Rental fishing boats, pontoon boats, and ski boats are available. Or spend the afternoon fishing, you can borrow free fishing gear from the park. Enjoy the beauty surrounding Lake Barkley on one of three self-guiding trails, providing 9 miles of nature study. Seven miles are open for mountain biking. A swimming pool fronting the lodge between the lake and the lodge is for the exclusive seasonal use of lodge and cottage guests. The public beach, open seasonally, offers a volleyball court and bathhouse.

    Two-Bedroom Log Cabin

    The two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage includes a full kitchen, dining room, and a furnished living room with a 50″ flat-screen TV. Each cottage features a screened-in back porch and an open-air front porch. One bedroom has two double beds while the other bedroom has one queen bed. Each bedroom has a flat-screen TV. Complimentary WiFi throughout the cabin.

     

    Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

    With more than 50,000 acres of water and 1,225 miles of shoreline, Lake Cumberland marina offers 100 open slips, rental fishing boats, pontoon boats, houseboats, and ski boats. Plan a day for fishing, you can borrow gear for free at the County Store. Enjoy the beauty of the beech, oak and hickory forests and scenic lake overlooks on two park hiking trails. A four-mile loop trail around the Lure Lodge area and a 1.5-mile trail with a lake overlook near the park entrance. Play a game of miniature golf on the 18 hole course. Or take a swim at the indoor pool which is available to lodge and cottage guests only.

    2 BR Cot 2 Dbl 2 Tw

    2 BR, 1 Bath Cottage includes a full-size kitchen fully stocked with utensils, dinnerware, and cookware. The cottage includes a screened-in porch and a grill for outdoor entertainment.

    2 BR Deluxe 4 Double

    2 BR, 2 Bath Cottage includes a full-size kitchen fully stocked with utensils, dinnerware, and cookware. The cottage includes a deck, free Wi-Fi, Flat-screen TV, and a grill for outdoor entertainment.

     

    Natural Bridge State Resort Park

    Natural Bridge State Resort Park is located in Powell and Wolfe Counties along the Middle Fork of the Red River, adjacent to the Red River Gorge Geologic Area and surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest. Explore the beauty of natural arches and rugged sandstone cliff lines. The Natural Bridge, 65 feet tall and 78 feet long, is one of the most famous natural sandstone arches in Kentucky. From the top, visitors can view distant ridge tops and lush green valleys of what has been called “Kentucky’s Land of the Arches.”

    Mill Creek Lake is a small peaceful lake surrounded by beautiful forest and towering sandstone cliffs. Bass, bluegill, black crappie, longear sunfish, green sunfish, rainbow trout, channel catfish, and black bullhead are found here. The lake is also perfect for paddling canoes and kayaks and a launch ramp is available for fishing boats.

    2 BR Log Cabin 4 QN

    Log Cabin with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The cottage includes a fully equipped kitchen with cookware, dinnerware, and utensils provided. This cottage has a fireplace to keep you warm on a chilly night and an outside grill for entertaining.

     

    Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

    Pennyrile Forest is the perfect back-to-nature hideaway. Relax in the rustic wood and stone lodge or in one of the charming cottages near the lodge or beside the lake. At the park’s restaurant, you can request a table by the bird feeders and watch many common bird feeder birds while you dine. Rental pedal boats, rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and trolling motors are available. Hike one of the seven trails that loop around the lake and through the forest areas. Take the kids to one of three playgrounds or swim at the public beach. A pool is adjacent to the lodge and is available for lodge and cottage guests.

    2 BR 4 Double Lake

    Two-Bedroom Cottage with four double beds with a lake view. The cottage is fully equipped with all utensils and cookware. Located lakeside with a lake view. The cottage has a screened-in porch. 

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