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Q&A by Ilona Kauremszky


Q: Any suggestions on where to go camping while in Kentucky?

A: Across “Ken-tuck-kee,” home of Bluegrass and famous for its derby and ubiquitous fried chicken, the Kentucky State Park System reports it maintains more resort lodges than any other park system in the United States.

Nestled along the majestic mountains overlooking deep blue lakes, 17 resorts are available for overnight accommodation including 32 campgrounds. In addition, nearly 50 state parks are easily accessible from the interstates such as the popular I-75 route.

At the Red River Gorge Geological Area, which is a national natural landmark and part of the Daniel Boone National Forest there are over 60 miles of trails in the gorge ranging from short, easy hikes to extreme adventure trips in the backcountry.

Some of my favorite spots include Natural Bridge State Resort Park for its collection of natural sandstone arches and Kingdom Come State Park for its breathtaking scenery. You will easily learn why this place is called “Kingdom Come.” It looms 2,700 feet above sea level and occupies 1,283 acres of unspoiled wilderness and on a clear day they say Virginia is in the horizon.

For more travel information on SE Kentucky, visit the Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association’s web site at www.tourseky.com or call 1.877.TOURSEKY


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