Barren River Lake State Resort Park

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Barren River Lake State Resort Park

Kentucky

(270) 646-2151

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Overview

Barren River Lake State Resort Park is a 2,187 acre (8.85 km) park located in Barren County, Kentucky and extending into parts of Allen County and Monroe County. Barren River Lake, its major feature, is an artificial lake created in 1964. It covers approximately 10,000 acres and has 140 miles of shoreline. The park was dedicated in 1965.The lake also includes a marina to support boating and water skiing. Numerous trails provide hiking and biking opportunities. The most popular hiking trail is the one-mile Lewis Hill Trail. Guided horseback rides are available seasonally. The park also features an eighteen-hole golf course. The Trashmasters cleanup day is a popular volunteer event that helps keep the park clean. Also, each June, the park plays host to Glasgows Highland Games.

Louie B. Nunn Lodge, surrounded by rolling, tree-covered hills, overlooks the beautiful 10,000-acre lake. The lodge has 51 rooms and offers full amenities. Villas and cottages are also available for rental. For mementos of your visit, browse The Barren Collection, which features Kentucky handcrafts. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the lodge's 146-seat Driftwood Restaurant. Kentucky's finest cuisine (using locally-grown products when available) and courteous service will make for a pleasing dining experience.

Map of Barren River State Resort Park (KY)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.853664, -86.053505

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Activities

  • Boating

    Barren River Lake provides hours of entertainment for the boating enthusiast. The marina has 100 open slips, 40 covered slips and a launching ramp. Jet skiis and boat (fishing, pontoon, ski boats, and kayaks) rentals are available.

  • Bird Watching

    Barren State Resort Park offers year-round birding opportunities with best occurring fall through spring. Neotropical migrants such as flycatchers, thrushes and warblers are common fall and spring and waterbird migration occurs from late summer through spring. The best period for observing Bald Eagles is October through March when they are regularly seen at the park, and Sandhill Cranes are often seen November through February.

  • Bicycling

    Bike & Hiking Trail: two-and-one half mile loop, paved, begins at golf course entrance near lodge, restrooms available near Highland Field.

  • Camping

    Looking to sleep closer to nature? Let the sounds of the outdoors lull you to sleep in the 99-site campground. Utility hookups are available. For your convenience, a dump station and two central service buildings with showers and rest rooms are offered. Open April thru October. Pets are allowed if restrained. Electric service at all sites 100V/30A. Laundry facilities available.

  • Fishing

    Barren River Lake also is unsurpassed for fishing pleasure. With an abundance of largemouth, white, and hybrid striped bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, and rough fish, you are sure to get a bite!

  • Golfing

    Enjoy a "par"fect day on the 18-hole, regulation golf course. A fully equipped pro shop, riding carts, and rental clubs are available. 18-hole Golf packages are available. Course open year-round, weather permitting.

  • Hiking

    Three self-guided trails on park. Connell Nature Trail: one-mile trail begins at the head of the road leading to the beach. Lena Madesin Phillips Trail: one-half mile nature-historical trail located at 31E picnic area. Bike & Hiking Trail: two-and-one half mile loop, paved, begins at golf course entrance near lodge, restrooms available near Highland Field. View trail information.

    Riding Trails The entire family will enjoy guided trail rides that depart every hour. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day.

    Riding Stables Memorial Day through Labor Day from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., weather permitting. Rides leave every hour on the hour and last for approximately 45 minutes. Your ride will take your through a wooded area along the lakeshore and through a meadow area of the park. As you proceed through these various habitat areas, you may see wildlife including, but not limited to, whitetail deer, wild turkey, great blue herons, Canadian geese, rabbits, and may even hear the sounds of thestate bird, the Cardinal.

  • Horseback Riding

    The entire family will enjoy guided trail rides that depart every hour. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day. For reservations call (270) 646-2151.

  • Picnicking

    Two picnic areas are located near the marina with picnic tables and grills provided. Shelters that can be rented are the Highland Shelter (restrooms, playground, grill); 31-E Shelter (restrooms, playground, grill); Entertainment Shelter (stage): Harp Shelter; Recreation Shelter; Strathbarren Shelter; and Tennis Court Shelter (tennis, volleyball, basketball courts, and playground).

  • RVing

    Utility hookups are available. For your convenience, a dump station and two central service buildings with showers and rest rooms are offered. Open April thru October. Pets are allowed if restrained. Electric service at all sites 100V/30A. Laundry facilities available.

  • Tennis

    Two lighted tennis courts are located near the lodge. Overnight guests may check out sports equipment at the recreation office.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is a popular activity at Barren River Lake State Resort Park. The park has a lodge pool and public beach. Exclusive use for lodge and cottage guests only, outdoor pool available seasonally, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. The public beach is occasionally closed due to flooding, so be sure to check web site for updates. Restroom facilities and kids wading area available. Pool towels provided, cover-ups required in lodge areas.

Directions

Driving

The resort is located 44 miles southeast of Bowling Green. Take I-65 to the Cumberland Parkway east, to US 31E south.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(270) 646-2151

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