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Winter Family Fun in Kentucky State Parks

Our friends at Kentucky State Parks have a list of outdoor events for February and March that are sure to help you get over the “winter blues”.


If you’re looking for some winter adventure, the Kentucky State Parks have numerous outdoor events planned in January, February and March to get you outdoors and moving.

They include elk viewing tours, hikes, looking for eagles at the Land Between the Lakes and watching sandhill cranes as they migrate through Kentucky.

One of the most popular events is the Winter Adventure Weekend Jan. 24-26 at Carter Caves State Resort Park. The weekend includes hiking, kayaking, recreational tree climbing, cave tours, winter survival, rappelling, archeological field trips, a zip line and other adventures. Guests will be able to select from a list of trips they want to take – for beginners and advanced winter adventurers alike. All of the trips and events are led by guides. The list of the trips, along with registration information and other details for the 2014 event are available at All participants must register online at this site. For more information, call Carter Caves at 1-606-286-4411.

Three parks in western Kentucky will offer Eagle Watch Weekends in January and February 2014. The parks and dates are: Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Gilbertsville, Jan. 11-12; Lake Barkley State Resort Park near Cadiz, Jan. 25-26; and Kenlake State Resort Park near Aurora, Feb. 1-2. Tours are conducted by van and by boat with wildlife guides. Call the parks to register for Eagle Watch Weekends.

Barren River Lake State Resort Park will offer its Nature Watch Weekends for sandhill cranes, January 24-25 and February 7-8, 2014. Participants can register for morning or afternoon trips led by naturalists. Registration is $40 per adult and $20 per child 8-12 years old (must be at least 8 years old to go on van tours). The registration fee includes all educational sessions, a box lunch, a long sleeve t-shirt, and your choice of a Saturday sunrise or Saturday sunset tour. Call the park at 270-646-2151 for information and reservations.

Elk Viewing Tours resume at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg and Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park in Buckhorn in January, and continue in February and March. This is one of several excellent wildlife viewing tours offered by the Kentucky State Parks. Call the parks for details and reservations. (Jenny Wiley is 606-889-1790; Buckhorn Lake is 606-398-7510.)

Bundle up and head out for some winter adventures!

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