The Kentucky State Parks system of 49 parks features 31 tent and RV campgrounds offing primitive hike-in to full hookup RV camping.
There is a special promotion for Kentucky State Parks–“Stay one night, get the second night free.” Valid April 1 – May 21, 2015, Sunday through Thursday.
Available for all campsites. Use promo code SPRING15 when booking online through ReserveAmerica, or by calling the park. (Offer excludes Kentucky Horse Park and Camper Appreciation Weekend, April 24-26, 2015.) Reservations: (888) 459-7275.
One park we visited was the My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, south of Louisville. It is open from April 1-Nov. 1.
The campground features utility hookups, a central service building housing showers and rest rooms, and a dump station. “Pets are allowed if restrained.”
The park grounds include a golf course, gift store and a museum. Federal Hill, a Georgian style mansion built between 1795 and 1818, became a part of the Kentucky State Parks System in 1936.
The reason we selected this park is because it is right in the middle of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail that allows visitors a firsthand look at “the art and science of crafting Bourbon.” Nine distilleries, seven of which are within 35 miles of Lexington, dot the Bourbon Tour.
Photos: Top: Camp site at My Old Kentucky Home State Park campground. Middle: State Park sign. Bottom: Vat room at Maker’s Mark Distillery. (Julianne G. Crane)