Pennyrile Forrest State Resort Park - Kentucky
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N 37° 03.444 W 087° 38.964
16S E 442262 N 4101437
A state park in the Pennyrile forest of Western Kentucky.
Waymark Code: WM2EDN
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date Posted: 10/19/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
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Located within the 14,648 acre Pennyrile State Forest the park was named for the tiny Pennyroyal plant found in the woodlands surrounding the park. The park has 12 cottages located in the wooded lodge area and on the shores of Pennyrile Lake. Pennyrile Lodge, with 24 rooms, sits serenely on a high cliff overlooking Pennyrile Lake. Clifty Creek Restaurant is located in the Lodge and can seat 200. There is a campground with 68 sites. The campground features utility hook ups, a dump station, and one central service building with showers, rest rooms, and a laundry.
Park Type: Overnight

Picnic areas, camping, a 14 mile trail, as well as a golf course.

The first “camper” at Pennyrile State Park was a fellow named John Thompson. He had traveled west from Virginia way back in 1808, looking for a new place to homestead. He pushed over the Cumberland Gap, across the Great Wilderness and onward, eventually making it to what is now known as the Tradewater River (you cross it on the way in from Dawson Springs). Winter was approaching, so ol’ John decided to house himself and his family under a big rock shelter, located on park grounds. He lived for over a year under the rock and then settled down for good in a house he built, with a few families joining him in later years. As decades passed, much of the area farmland became worn out. The Commonwealth of Kentucky acquired the park in the 1940s and has managed the 15,000 acres as a state forest and park ever since.

Date Established?: 07/09/1954

Link to Park: [Web Link]

Park Fees: Not listed

Additional Entrance Points: Not Listed

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