Fun in the Sun

Barbourville’s waterpark may be closed, but Kentucky State Park pools and beaches offer plenty of chances to soak up the sun this Memorial Day Weekend.

For those looking to take a ‘day trip drip,’ community pools at Levi Jackson, and Cumberland Falls state parks, may be just what you need. The Falls’ pool will open Friday, May 24 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for children, and kids two and under are free. “Levi Jackson is aiming for the weekend,” said a spokesperson on Tuesday, but due to improvement projects, may not open until the following week. Once up and running, though, hours of operation are 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, with $5.50 admission for adults, $4.50 for children, and those two and under get in for free.

Looking for a longer stay? State park attractions span the Commonwealth. They include: Blue Licks Battlefield, E.P. “Tom” Sawyer, Kincaid Lake, Greenbo Lake, Carter Caves, Natural Bridge and Fort Boonesborough. These state park pools charge a fee and are open to the public, while lodge pools are reserved for lodge and cottage guests. There are also indoor pools at Lake Barkley and Lake Cumberland state resort parks that are open to visitors.

Need to feel the sand between your toes? The park system’s 10 beaches are open to the public at no charge. The beaches are located at Pennyrile Forest, Lake Barkley, Kentucky Dam Village, Barren River Lake, Buckhorn Lake, Rough River Dam, Lake Malone, Nolin Lake, Carr Creek and Green River Lake state parks.

Still not convinced? Show your Kentucky issued driver’s liscense or state id, and get 10% off your Kentucky State Park stay for the rest of 2019!

For more information about swimming at Kentucky State Parks, call the park you’re interested in or visit


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