Five Kentucky State Parks were recognized as part of this year’s Kentucky Living 2021 Best in Kentucky awards highlighting the best travel destinations and experiences across the commonwealth.

“Kentucky is a diverse travel destination that has become nationally known for the variety of experiences that guests can only find in the commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “Home to 45 state parks, Kentucky is blessed to have the finest park system in the nation, full of outdoor adventure and beauty to attract guests from all around.”

This year’s Best of Kentucky awards featured three Kentucky State Parks that claimed first place victories for the best golf course, camping spot and long weekend gateway. The state park finalists voted best in Kentucky are as follows:

Barren River Lake State Resort Park Golf Course, Lucas (1st Place Best Golf Course)

Cumberland Falls at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin (1st Place Best Long Weekend Gateway)

Green River Lake at Green River Lake State Park, Campbellsville (1st Place Best Camping Spot)

Green River Lake State Park also received the 2nd place award for hunting and fishing as well as 2nd place for house boating in addition to being designated as the best place for camping in the commonwealth.

Kentucky’s park system features eight historic sites throughout the commonwealth dedicated to preserving historically significant places or events in Kentucky history. My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown received 2nd Place for best historic site in the commonwealth.

“We are honored to have our state parks featured in this year’s Best in Kentucky awards along with our partner destinations and attractions in the tourism industry,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry. “Kentucky’s tourism industry is full of the best of the best that together offer unforgettable travel experiences that encourage travel and visitation to Kentucky.”

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