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State Parks in Kentucky

and Kentucky National Parks

This State Parks in Kentucky and Kentucky National Parks list will help you decide which of these adventures will be right for road trip with kids. Come see what the Bluegrass State has to offer!

You can create an entire vacation from visiting state and national parks in Kentucky. There are only a few Kentucky national parks to explore, but there is a lengthy list of state parks in Kentucky listed right here. Use these parks as inspiration to plan fun vacations for your family.

State Parks in Kentucky

Boone Station
You won't find a lot to do at Boone Station and camping isn't an option, but it is worth the stop if you have children learning about American history. This was the homestead of Daniel Boone, who was a major figure in settling the land we now call America. It sits near Athens.

Boone Station

Constitution Square State Historic Site
Are you interested in learning how Kentucky officially became a U.S. state? If so, visit this of the state parks in Kentucky, a historic site which teaches about the long process that eventually led to the ratification of Kentucky into the nation. It is located in Danville and there is a tour available as well as space for picnicking.

Constitution Square State Historic Site

Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site
While out on your road trip with kids, if you visit the historic site of Boone, you have to visit this site as well. Many believe that Boone was the first to settle in Kentucky, but history actually has Dr. Walker down as being the first. This site is located in Barbourville and teaches about the settlement of this brave pioneer.

Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site
Are you starting to catch on that Kentucky is a state steeped in history? This is another historic site which includes a memorial to great Jefferson Davis. If you're passing through Fairview it wouldn't hurt to stop in here to browse the gift shop and visitor's center. Who knows what you might learn about American history!

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site

Old Mulkey Meeting House
You may be religious, but what do you know about the history of religion in Kentucky? The Old Mulkey Meeting House shows the location of the very first church to be erected in the state. It is located in Tompkinsville. A great addition to your road trip with kids.

Old Mulkey Meeting House

Perryville Battlefield
state-parks-in-kentucky-01; perryville battlefield This is a state park with trails to explore as well as a museum dedicated to the deadliest Civil War battle fought within the state.

You can look through the museum then tour the park for a bit of fresh air.

You will have a different outlook on those beautiful trees and grassy fields after walking through this museum.

Perryville Battlefield

Waveland State Historic Site
While you're passing through Lexington on your road trip with kids, make sure to stop by this historic home to see how families lived in American history. This is a Greek home that still exemplifies what life on a plantation might have been like.

Waveland State Historic Site

White Hall State Historic Site
What would it have been like to live in a mansion during the Revolutionary War? This historic site includes a delicate home built in this area. It has been restored and preserved for families like yours to learn, explore and dream. There are about 2000 acres of land stretching out around this beautiful historic home.

White Hall State Historic Site

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site
This is another one of the historic state parks in Kentucky. Step into the life of the Chickasaw Indians that in habited the land in Kentucky and a couple neighboring states in prehistoric times. This historic site pays tribute to these Indians and gives a glimpse of what life was like in prehistoric times.

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site

William Whitley State Historic Site
This is one of many state parks in Kentucky that explores the settlements of new inhabitants of Kentucky and their battle with Native American Indians. It is located in Crab Orchard, Kentucky and may be worth checking into if you happen to be passing by.

William Whitley State Historic Site

Big Bone Lick State Park
Don't be surprised if you start kicking around dirt and find a bone in this park. This is one of the most exciting state parks in Kentucky because real bones from a variety of early animals have been found here. They are now displayed proudly in the museum found on site. This is also one of the state parks in Kentucky which allow camping.

Big Bone Lick State Park

Carr Creek
You've had your fill of history and now just want to stretch your legs and fill your lungs with fresh mountain air. Perhaps you would like to dip your pole into the water and see what fish turn up. This Sassafras park is great for boating and swimming but you can't visit without fishing in the big lake.

Carr Creek

Lincoln Homestead State Park
Yes, back to history and the pioneer life once again! The good news is you can explore early day cabins and get your educational lift then head out to the golf course to sling some balls. End the day with a picnic and you have enjoyed the sunshine and expanded a few brain cells. Not bad for a day trip in Kentucky!

Lincoln Homestead State Park

General Burnside
You guessed it. This site includes a heaping dose of history. You also get accessible camping facilities, horseshoes, jet skis, fishing, and more birds and wildlife than you can stand. This is a great place to park the RV and spend some time outdoors when the weather is nice.

General Burnside

Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park
This is the place to camp if you want a bit of history, a lot of exploring the great outdoors, and complete camping hook ups for your RV. There is even a grocery store on site! You'll have to hit up London, Kentucky to visit.

Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park

Kentucky National Parks

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site
Visit this memorial devoted to Abraham Lincoln and see a log cabin designed to mirror the one he lived in as a child. The long steps leading up to the door count out the years he walked this earn and inside you are greeted with historic signs of life in historic Kentucky. The site can be found in Hodgenville, Kentucky and it is free to enter.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
While on your road trip with kids you can roll up the RV April through October and enjoy the beautiful trees, gorges, and small streams of water in this state park. There is also a mining community turned museum where you can pass some time.

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
state-parks-in-kentucky-02; cumberland gap There is a gap in the mountains between Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia which was heavily used by the Indians for hunting.

Today it has been turned into a beautiful park where you explore caves and get out in the trees.

Some caves in the area are closing due to disease killing off the native bats, so make sure to check online before heading this way.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Mammoth Cave National Park
This is one of the best Kentucky national parks for campers and RV travelers. There are multiple camping grounds plus other areas where you can park or just pitch a tent. The main attraction is the long network of caves through which you can boat, walk and explore.

There are also many family-friendly activities to explore such as Dinosaur World. Of all the Kentucky national parks and the state parks in Kentucky, this is probably the best destination for families with children.

Mammoth Cave National Park

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
While you're exploring the many national and state parks in Kentucky, you cannot by pass the Trail of Tears historic trail. This is a memorial to the plight of American Indians who were driven from the land into camps as white settlers moved in. This is just one portion of the trail, which crosses through multiple states.

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
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