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Kentucky's Best State Parks

The Kentucky State Park System maintains more resort lodges than any other park system in the nation -- 17 in all. The park system also comprises another 33 day-use parks and historic sites.

The Western Kentucky region is known for two massive man-made lakes -- Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. These wide, shallow lakes provide outstanding recreational opportunities. The region boasts three state resort park, among them Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. The park lodge underwent an extensive renovation in recent years. The result was a dramatic nautical look for its lobby and 72 freshly redecorated lodge rooms. The park also features 72 cottages and a campground with 221 paved sites.

In Eastern Kentucky about 50 miles southeast of Lexington, Kentucky's second-largest city, is Natural Bridge State Resort Park. The park's most notable feature isn't man-made, it is a 78-foot long sandstone arch -- Natural Bridge. The view from atop the arch is breathtaking, embracing the wooded hillsides that stretch for miles. The park maintains a 35-room lodge and 10 cottages, as well as two campgrounds.

John James Audubon State Park in Henderson along the Ohio River is named for the famed 19th naturalist and ornithologist. Audubon lived here for a number of years. His legacy is reflected in a modern museum that contains invaluable Audubon artwork, memorabilia and publications.

Information on these and other Kentucky state parks is available by calling toll-free 1-800-255-PARK.

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