Kentucky Parks Pass

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The Kentucky Parks Passport is the most exciting way to visit Kentucky’s State and National Parks this year!

Sign up is quick, free and easy. Once you opt-in all you have to do is hit the road and visit Kentucky’s great parks. Explore some of the best of what Kentucky has to offer at our 44 participating state parks and 8 National Park properties! Plus, you can win free prizes!

Go above and beyond and visit 50 participating parks to be entered for a chance to win an Ultimate Park Prize package that includes the following:
Overnight Stay at Kentucky State Park
$100 State Park Gift Card
Kayak, Life Jacket & Paddle
The Ultimate Prize Package winner will be drawn June 6, 2022.

Hit the trails, rent a boat, spend the night, learn about our natural world and most importantly have fun with the Kentucky Parks Passport!

Click here to see what’s included!

Kentucky Parks Pass

  • Mobile exclusive
  • Instantly delivered via text and email
  • No apps to download
  • Explore the best of Kentucky!

How this Pass Works

Step 1 - Get Your Pass

This mobile exclusive passport is a collection of curated Parks to experience all around Kentucky.

Step 2 - Receive Text

Your passport will be instantly delivered to your phone via text and email and is ready to use immediately! There is no app to download. Your pass can be saved to your phone’s home screen for easy one-tap access.

Step 3 - Redeem

When visiting a park location, simply press the "check-in" button and validate your location using GPS services! Thats it!

Included Venues

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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
For over a century people from around the world have come to rural Central Kentucky to honor the humble beginnings of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. His early life on Kentucky's frontier shaped his character and prepared him to lead the nation through Civil War. The country's first memorial...
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Barren River Lake State Park
Welcome to Barren River Lake State Resort Park - home to lush green rolling hills, a boastful 10,000 acre lake and some of the most spectacular wildlife in southern Kentucky. Whether you are out for a short day trip, quick overnight stay, or a week-long family vacation, Barren River Lake State...
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Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
Big Bone Lick’s museum exhibits are fresh and new! The park, in cooperation with the Friends of Big Bone and the Cincinnati Museum Center, worked together to create and produce all new exhibits for the park’s Visitor Center. Work on the final phase of exhibit installation is now complete. We...
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Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area
Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and...
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Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
The lodge offers 32 rooms with full amenities, including two suites, one of which can be used as a hospitality center for meetings and family reunions. Open year-round. Rooms are available by late afternoon. Lodge room check-out by 11 a.m., local time. The park also has two cottages. We are now pet...
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Breaks Interstate Park (KY Portion)
Here, learning once again to breathe deep in the sweet air of the Appalachians, we believe you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for - even when you hadn’t imagined it yet. There are plenty of options if you want to get outdoors: Nature lovers will enjoy a hike on a scenic trail — most...
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Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
Experience the relaxing view of Buckhorn Lake from your balcony or the Lodge overlook. Visit our museum and read about the fascinating history of the park and see replicas of the buildings that were where the lake is now.
Enjoy a swim at the sandy beach or in our pool in the summer months. Take a...
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Camp Nelson National Monument
Established as a supply depot and hospital during the Civil War for the U.S. Army, Camp Nelson became a large recruitment and training center for African American soldiers (USCTs), and a refugee camp for their wives and children. Thousands of enslaved people escaped to this site with the hope of...
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Carr Creek State Park
Carr Creek Lake was once home to some of the area's earliest pioneer settlements as early as the 1770s. Today, the area is a family-friendly escape with plenty of water activities, including boating, fishing and swimming. The marsh environment in the Carr Creek area is unusual for the Mountains of...
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Carter Caves State Resort Park
This beautiful fieldstone lodge offers 28 rooms with full amenities. Each room features a private balcony or patio overlooking the surrounding woodlands. Rooms available by late afternoon. Lodge room check-out by 11 a.m. local time. We are now pet friendly! No more than two pets are allowed per...
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Columbus Belmont State Park
Relax amid beautiful settings on the river cliff campground with 38 sites, utility hookups and grills. A central service offers rest rooms, showers, and laundry facilities. Pets are allowed if restrained. Campground open year round, water available, but not to each site in winter.
Two rental...
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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
The solid hemlock beams and knotty pine paneling complement the massive stone fireplaces in historic DuPont Lodge, one of the most beautiful state park lodges. Fifty-one rooms offer beautiful views and full amenities including interior corridors. All rooms totally renovated in 2006. Interested in...
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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
At Cumberland Gap, the first great gateway to the west, follow the buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, the pioneer... all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Modern day explorers and travelers stand in awe at this great gateway and the many miles of...
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Dale Hollow Lake State Resort
The Mary Ray Oaken Lodge, built of limestone and massive timbers, sits high atop a bluff overlooking the 28,000-acre lake and surrounding woodlands. The 60 guest rooms feature private balconies and patios to enjoy the view from the cliff. Rooms are available by late afternoon and are pet-friendly....
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Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site
Born in Virginia, Thomas Walker studied medicine and became a doctor but also speculated in land. He joined the Loyal Land Company, organized and led the first expedition through the gap in the mountains, which he named Cumberland Gap in 1750. His expedition explored thousands of acres of land in...
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E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park
A 554-acre oasis on the outskirts of Louisville, the rolling fields that were once farmland are now the site of some of the finest indoor and outdoor recreation facilities in Kentucky. Stop by for a swim, play a round of tennis or bring your pet to the dog park!
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Fort Boonesborough State Park
When Daniel Boone and his men reached the Kentucky River on April 1, 1775, they quickly moved to establish Kentucky’s second settlement – the site still known as Fort Boonesborough. Fort Boonesborough has been reconstructed as a working fort complete with cabins, blockhouses and furnishings....
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Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant was becoming quite famous as he wrote these words following the surrender of Confederate Fort Donelson on Sunday, February 16, 1862. The Union victory at Fort Donelson elated the North, and stunned the South. Within days of the surrender, Clarksville and Nashville...
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General Burnside Island State Park
General Burnside Island State Park features an 18-hole golf course and a 102-site campground on an island. The park was named for the sideburn-whiskered Civil War general Ambrose Burnside. Burnside led patrols along the Cumberland River, circling this 400-acre island while on the lookout for Confederate soldiers.
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General Butler State Resort Park
The hilltop Butler Lodge is an attraction within itself. Listen to the piano and admire the Ohio River valley view. Each of the 53 rooms features a private balcony or patio overlooking the pool or hillside. This hilltop resort is the essence of river town charm, featuring the warm glow of polished...
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Grayson Lake State Park
Sheer sandstone canyons and gentle slopes are a featured quality of the 1,512 acres of Grayson Lake State Park. The park's site was a favorite camping area for former occupants: the Shawnee and Cherokee Native Americans. For an excellent adventure we recommend the hiking trails, which offer several...
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Green River Lake State Park
The Army Corps of Engineers started construction of a dam in 1964 and Green River Lake State Park opened in 1969. With 1,331 acres of land along with the 8,200-acre lake. The park has many attractions for those who love nature and wish to experience the beauty that is found in the Campbellsville,...
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Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
The 36-room fieldstone lodge at this resort is named in honor of Jesse Hilton Stuart (1906-1984), Poet Laureate and native of Greenup County. Peruse Stuart’s works and personal mementos in the lodge reading room. Most of the rooms feature private patios and balconies overlooking beautiful Greenbo...
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Jefferson Davis State Historic Site
Jefferson Davis State Historic Site is a memorial to the Kentuckian born on this site on June 3, 1808. The monument is a 351-foot obelisk constructed on a foundation of solid Kentucky limestone. An elevator takes visitors to the top for a bird's eye view of the countryside. A museum on the grounds...
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Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
Experience the secluded beauty of the 49-room May Lodge, which overlooks Dewey Lake, surrounded by towering pines and peaceful mountains. Rooms are available by late afternoon. Lodge room check-out by 11 a.m., local time. We are now pet friendly! No more than two pets are allowed per room/cottage. The park also has 18 cottages.

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John James Audubon State Park
The park has 5 1-bedroom cottages and 1 ADA-accessible 2-bedroom cottage. Each of the 1-bedroom cottages has a king-sized bed, pull-out sofa, fireplace, living room, full kitchen, and bathroom. The fireplaces are open October 1st – April 15th. The 2-bedroom cottage has 4 queen-sized beds, 2...
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Kenlake State Resort Park
Kenlake State Resort Park is a beautiful lakefront resort located on Kentucky Lake. Nature abounds in our park. Visitors may see deer, turkey and many small game animals as you enjoy a stroll in the woods or along the shoreline of Kentucky Lake. You may also catch a glimpse of a Bald Eagle or hear...
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Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
With an expansive view of Kentucky Lake as the Tennessee River pushes its waters through the gates of historic Kentucky Dam, guests to the Main Lobby often find themselves spending time just lounging while enjoying the panoramic view. While the 72 rooms of the lodge offer a private patio or...
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Kincaid Lake State Park
Have an adventure! Explore the lake in a pedal or motor boat rental from the marina. Surrounded by open woodland, the campground offers quiet seclusion with all of the modern conveniences campers expect. A multi-purpose room with kitchen is available for rental. Capable of accommodating up to 175...
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Kingdom Come State Park
Kingdom Come State Park, with an elevation of 2,700 feet, is the crowning jewel in the crest of Pine Mountain near Cumberland, Kentucky. Admire the beautiful views from one of eight overlooks, hike a trail or fish for bass, crappie and trout in the lake.

Named after the popular Civil War novel,...
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Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Looking for state park lodging near Land Between the Lakes? If you want to spend a night or a weekend at Lake Barkley, cabins and campgrounds aren’t your only choices. World-class Lake Barkley lodge, designed by Edward Durell Stone, seems to have just emerged naturally from the wooded shoreline...
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Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
The 63-room Lure Lodge overlooking beautiful Lake Cumberland offers full amenities. Wireless internet access is now available in the lodge and in all cottages. The indoor pool complex offers year round fun and Lake Cumberland fishing never disappoints. Open year-round. Rooms available by late...
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Lake Malone State Park
For a great Kentucky state parks vacation, take some time to discover the beautiful landscape of Lake Malone State Park while hiking the 2-mile Laurel Trail, the .25-mile Wildflower Trail or the 2-mile Twisted Tree Trail. These easy-rated hiking trails near the lake provide picturesque views of...
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Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area
170,000 acre recreation area in Western Kentucky and Tennessee.
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Lincoln Homestead State Park
A few open holes, some tunnel shots, some extreme doglegs, all with plenty of trees, elevation and natural OB. A pavilion with working bathrooms is present near the parking lot. There are even some handicap accessible holes as well as handicap parking and restroom facilities. Disc available to rent...
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Mammoth Cave National Park
Rolling hills, deep river valleys, and the worlds longest known cave system. Mammoth Cave National Park is home to thousands of years of human history and a rich diversity of plant and animal life, earning it the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve.

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Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center & Museum
The Union won a significant victory early in the Civil War at The Battle of Mill Springs. Explore the rolling fields of Kentucky where the battle took place and learn about that state's strategic importance to both sides of the fight.
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Mineral Mound State Park
This peaceful setting, just south of Eddyville, Kentucky, on the shores of Lake Barkley is historically linked to the author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The featured property was once the farm of Willis B. Machen, grandfather of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. It’s not hard to imagine the serene, Gatsby-style...
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My Old Kentucky Home State Park

The farm that inspired the imagery in Stephen Collins Foster's famous song, “My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!” is Kentucky's most famous and beloved historic site. Built between 1812 and 1818, the three-story house originally named, "Federal Hill," by its first owner Judge John Rowan became...
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Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Make the most of your trip to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky with Natural Bridge cottage rentals or delight in the mountainside beauty of Hemlock Lodge, one of 17 state park lodges in Kentucky. The 35 rooms of Hemlock Lodge have private balconies. Open year-round. Rooms are available by late...
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Nolin Lake State Park
Nolin Lake State Park opened to the public in 1996. The 5,795-acre lake created from the impoundment of the Nolin River in 1963 and the 333-acre park are located along the northern edge of Mammoth Cave National Park in Edmonson County. Nolin Lake State Park is an excellent place to camp and fish....
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Old Fort Harrod State Park
A full-scale replica of the fort built by James Harrod in 1774 is the centerpiece of Old Fort Harrod State Park in Harrodsburg, KY. Cabins and blockhouses are furnished with handmade utensils, furniture, crude tools and implements used by the pioneers. The park complex also features the historic...
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Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site
The Old Mulkey Meetinghouse is a log church erected in 1804, making it the oldest freestanding log meeting houses in the Commonwealth. Adjacent to the Old Mulkey Meetinghouse is a pioneer cemetery with the graves of many Revolutionary War soldiers, Kentucky pioneers and Hannah Boone (Daniel’s...
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Paintsville Lake State Park
With steep cliffs and wooded coves along the shoreline, this state park lake in eastern Kentucky provides 1,140 acres for your boating, skiing and fishing pleasure. The park offers three great trail options. Hikers will love the 1.6-mile Kiwanis Trail. The Dawkins Line Rail Trail is open to hikers,...
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Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
The 24-room rustic wood and stone lodge at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, sits serenely on a high cliff overlooking Pennyrile Lake near Dawson Springs. Open year-round. Rooms available by late afternoon. Lodge room check-out by 11 a.m., local time. We are now pet friendly! Other lodging...
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Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
On October 8, 1862, cannon explosions shattered the rural peace of this tranquil countryside and the death moans of young soldiers. Perryville became the site of the most destructive Civil War battle in the state which left more than 7,600 killed, wounded or missing. The Perryville Battlefield park...
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Pine Mountain State Resort Park
You will be charmed by the skilled craftsmanship of stone and wood throughout Herndon J. Evans Lodge at Pine Mountain Resort, Kentucky's first state park. Each of the 30 rooms has a private patio or balcony to enjoy mountain views. Open year-round. AAA 3 - Diamond rating. Rooms are available by...
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Rough River Dam State Resort Park
Rough River Dam State Resort Park is one of the highlights of the Rough River Lake area, and is convenient to Louisville, Elizabethtown and Evansville. The park opened in 1962 and has undergone many changes and additions through the years. The park’s wonderful accommodations feature 40 lodge...
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Taylorsville Lake State Park
Taylorsville Lake State Park, located west of Lexington and southeast of Louisville, Kentucky, encompasses some of the most beautiful horse riding country. Camping options include 45 spacious RV sites with electric & water hook-ups, 10 equestrian sites with electric & water hook-ups, & 15 primitive...
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Waveland State Historic Site
Antebellum house in Lexington, also known as the Joseph Bryan estate, includes three original outbuildings - slave quarters, smokehouse and ice house. Guided tours of Waveland historic site focus on the everyday lives of family and slaves who lived and worked at Waveland in the 1850s.
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Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site
A Native American village once occupied the site of Wickliffe Mounds, about A.D. 1100 to 1350. Here, people of the Mississippian culture built earthen mounds and permanent houses around a central plaza overlooking the Mississippi River. Today, this Native American archaeological site features...
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Yatesville Lake State Park
Yatesville Lake provides plenty of room to skim the waves or catch some rays in your favorite cruisecraft—be it a houseboat, pontoon, speed boat or jet ski. The Yatesville Marina offers everything boaters and fishers need for lake fun. Relax in the scenic lakeside setting of Yatesville Lake's campground.