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ImageSharon
Feb 21, 2010 9:41 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Here is a great site for locating the state parks in Kentucky.

http://parks.ky.gov/

There are 52 of them, and neither is any prettier or any better than the other. If you like mountains, look to the east and those in the west are well known for the lakes.

Tell us of some of your KY State Park adventures.
ImagePollyK
Feb 21, 2010 9:55 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

The one I remember visiting as a child is Mammoth Cave. I would love to hear what it's like now.
ImageSharon
Feb 21, 2010 10:11 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Probably not much different, Polly. I was there as a child, then again when my children were in elementary school, and again just about 6 years ago. It hasn't changed much over the years.

It's about 2 hours away from me, easy to get to, but too many things have happened in the past few years and I haven't been back.

I live about 3 miles from KY Dam State Park, right here on the north end of KY Lake. That's the one you need to visit. I'll even provide Russ with a fishing rod. He can catch his own dinner.
ImagePollyK
Feb 21, 2010 10:13 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Good luck with that. If it's not breaded and fried store bought haddock he won't eat it. I'm the one who likes to fish. Love sunfish. Russ is a meat eater.
ImageSharon
Feb 21, 2010 10:16 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Then just leave Russ at home.
No problem.
ImagePollyK
Feb 21, 2010 10:19 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Agreed!
ImageSharon
Feb 21, 2010 10:22 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Then start making plans, my dear...
My door's open.
ImageCajuninKy
Feb 24, 2010 8:56 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
So far I have have been to Painstville Lake State Park, Jenny Wiley State Park, Cumberland Falls State Park, Natural Bridge State Park, Yatesville Lake State Park and Breaks Interstate Park. I wouls love to visit all the state parks. I have some nice pics but they are not on this computer. I will get some new ones in the Spring. Hiking in the parks is great. Especially the ones in the mountains.
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ImageSharon
Feb 24, 2010 9:36 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Hi Cajun!

I am so glad you. I'm looking forward to some pictures of my mountains on this forum. Then I could see them every day again.......and maybe pretend I'm there.

Thanks for joining us here.
ImageCajuninKy
Feb 24, 2010 2:13 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
It's still looking drab right now. Maybe by the time it starts to perk up, I will have figured out my new computer and be able to post some pics. My old computer was easy with the pics. If you hit browse it took you straight to My Pictures. I undoubtedly don't have the same program on this one and it's giving me fits.
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Imagemarti
Feb 27, 2010 5:55 PM CST
Name: Mary (Marti) Nelson
Ventura, CA
Peace and long life
CajuninKy,

I got to go to Cumberland Falls last weekend. Very beautiful! I'm slowing getting to go places and see more of Ky. In about a Month I'm headed for Campbellsville to try and rescue some plants. Hosta's, iris and OGR. The property is to be bulldozed and I want to see if I can rescue those plants.

Marti
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ImageCajuninKy
Feb 27, 2010 10:51 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Love the falls. I so wish i had been able to hike there when i could still hike with no problem. It is beautiful there. Good luck with the plant rescue.
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Imagemarti
Mar 1, 2010 9:11 PM CST
Name: Mary (Marti) Nelson
Ventura, CA
Peace and long life
I was real surprised that I could see the falls without having to hike to them. Plus the gift shop there is great. Will go back in the spring/early summer.
Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
Imagesunfarm
Mar 30, 2010 5:43 PM CST
Name: Sally
East Central Kentucky
I don't have a picture, but want to tell you about a tradition my family started several years ago. Instead of my having to slave over a hot stove fixing Thanksgiving dinner, we go to the buffet at the lodge at Natural Bridge State Park. They do a really nice job. It is just over half an hour's drive for us, and we often make a longer scenic tour through the Red River Gorge on the way. We started this the year we bought our farm [1997], as (until this past year) we were opening for our choose-and-cut Christmas tree sales the day after Thanksgiving and had plenty to do for that without spending time in the kitchen. Some years we have all three grown children, in-laws, spouses, significant others, friends, and our grandson. One year DH and I went alone; that felt really weird. We didn't make it this past year, as I had just finished chemo after breast cancer surgery. Sure hope to do so this year!
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ImageSharon
Mar 30, 2010 5:51 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
It's been a while since I've been to Natural Bridge State Park, but I love it. Isn't the lodge built of stone? I've been to most of KY's state parks but I seem to remember the stone building at NBSP.

That's a beautiful tradition you and your family have, Sally, in a beautiful place.
Imagesunfarm
Mar 31, 2010 11:14 AM CST
Name: Sally
East Central Kentucky
Yes, Sharon, the lodge is made of stone and wood from the local area. Great stone fireplace in the parlor. Interestingly enough, before I retired in 2004 one of my projects was inspecting remodeling of the lodge. They even put in an elevator.
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ImageSharon
Mar 31, 2010 4:44 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Good to know my memory is still intact!

I'll have to visit there again.
Imagevic
May 4, 2010 1:21 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I’m not born or bred in KY but to me it is one of the most beautiful states in our country.

I was born and raised in Indiana and then married and moved to OH where we raised our children. We spent many of our summers and vacations in Kentucky.

General Butler, Jenny Wiley, Natural Bridge, Cumberlan Falls, Stephen Foster Story, Shaker Village, and if I’d look at a map, I’m sure I could see lots more.

Ky has state parks and state resort parks. The state resort parks are so nice because they have lodges that serve 3 meals a day and the food is YUMMY! You don’t have to be registered at the lodge or even a cabin or campground to eat at the lodge either. Folks in neighboring towns even come to eat and it’s well worth it.

I was fortunate to attend the first round up at Prizer Point so I got to see the western side of KY and then once, when leaving a dear friends home in NE KY, we drove through the SE part of KY off the beaten path and it was absolutely stunning! All the rock and stone was just beautiful.

I also attended the very first DG round up in TN and met several people from KY. One Kentuckian gave a talk on heirloom tomatoes and when we got home, I Dmailed her and thanked her for all she had taught me. I didn’t even know what an heirloom tomato was. And don’t you know, in my mailbox the next week was about a dozen packets of heirloom tomato seeds. That pretty much speaks to the kindness and generosity of Kentucky folks.

Some of DH’s best childhood memories are fishing with his grandfather on Elkhorn Creek which is just west of Georgetown. It runs about 84 miles long through 4 counties.

When we go home to OH, as soon as we enter KY, I feel like I’m home. I know exit 11 has good gas prices and again at the Georgetown exit. I know exit 62 at London going north is the first Frisch’s and my last chance for a Big Boy going south.

I’ve traveled a good bit of this country. The only states I’ve not been to are the 3 west coast states, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and New England. Everyone should see Glacier National Park and Yellowstone just once as the Rocky Mountains are so majestic they will bring tears to your eyes.

As for me, I’ll take Kentucky any day of the week.

This was typed from memory so I hope I didn’t give any erroneous information. Confused

vic
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ImageSharon
May 4, 2010 6:21 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Vic...
You are such a sweetheart. You just mentioned a few of my favorite places. You know I grew up in the mountains of south east Kentucky, which is not too far from the London you mention, but a little farther east. And I went to college in Georgetown and then UK in Lexington, then taught in Louisville. And now I find myself living very near Prizer Point and going to the RUs there each year.

So I came from the southeast mountains all the way across KY to the western flatlands, and have probably visited every state park along the way. You nailed it when you said the food was exceptional at the parks. Most of it is considered authentic KY food. As a matter of fact I had dinner there one night last week. KY Dam State Resort Park is about 3 miles from my house.

The lakes are flooded at the moment, so it isn't safe for boating, but my husband and I used to do a lot of that too, on both Barkley and KY Lakes. They are also beautiful.

It is a beautiful state, and one only has to go a few miles and the terrain changes right in front of you. I love driving from my western end of the state, so close to Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois...all the way across the state to my mountains right on the Virginia line. It takes me all day to get there, but it sure is a pretty drive. I plan to make that trip in a few weeks. All the way across KY.

Thanks so much for your comments about Kentucky. Please know you are welcome here anytime!
Imagevic
May 5, 2010 3:57 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Two very vivid memories from when the girls were very young.

We took a long week-end and visited Bardstown. We did the Stephen Foster story and toured Makers Mark. The girls thought it was so cool they were given a bottle (empty of course) with the red wax seal on it. They kept them on their dressers for years. We were walking through the town past the courthouse and oldest dd said "Look at that" and up in the tower were snakes. There were so many snakes up there just slithering around. Still gives me shivers to think of it. I am NOT a snake person. Rolling on the floor laughing

Another was we were "somewhere" in Daniel Boone state forest and totally lost. Long before GPS's and we were off the map. We saw a young girl walking down the road and asked for directions and she told us how to get to a general store. The general store was so cool. Wood floors, wood burning stove with rocking chairs around it. It was the week after Easter and still cool so a fire was going. There was a very old lady sitting in one of those rockers and she was smoking a corn cob pipe. She gave us very clear directions on how to get back to where we needed to go.

And you are so right about how the landscape changes right before your eyes.

It's a beautiful beautiful state!

Thank you for sharing it Thumbs up

vic

edited to say the Daniel Boone State Forest is where the oldest two saw their first falling star and I thought about that when you told the story about your Uncle :-)
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