Levi Jackson State Park

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Levi Jackson State Park

Kentucky

(606) 330-2130

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Overview

Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park combines the beauty of a rolling, wooded hills park with a historic site that honors the pioneers who braved the perils of the wilderness to settle Kentucky. Visitors to the Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park can also follow in the footsteps of the pioneers by accessing the 8 1/2 miles of hiking trails, some portions of which follow the original Wilderness Road and Boone's Trace trails. These thoroughfares carried more than 200,000 settlers from the eastern colonies into the western frontier between 1774 and 1796. The museum is a pioneer settlement that consists of buildings which represent the pioneer time period of Kentucky history. These buildings were either moved to the site or are replicas of building that are consistent with that time period, and they house pioneer artifacts such as tools, products of agriculture, and household implements. There are a variety of additional recreational opportunities such as camping, swimming, picnicking, basketball, volleyball, or miniature golf. There is also an amphitheater which seats 1,500 and is home to many community events.

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Latitude, Longitude: 37.079928, -84.043065

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Activities

  • Camping

    Nestled in open woodlands, campers can relax in a 136 site campground. For your camping, you will find utility hookups, a grocery store, a dump station, and three central service buildings containing an activities room, showers, rest rooms, and laundry facilities. Open year-round. Pets are allowed if restrained.

    Group Camp Levi Jackson is a great place for a fun-filled group camping trip. The group camping area has an activities building, and may be reserved up to one year in advance. Open year-round.

    •Minimum charge for up to 20 people. •Extra fee per person over 20 people. •A separate fee is charged for rental of clubhouse; varies with time of day and time of week. •Clubhouse rental must be included with the rental of group cabins.

  • Golfing

    Test your putting skills on the 18-hole, miniature golf course near the campground entrance. Open April 1-October 31.

  • Hiking

    Between 1774 and 1796, more than 200,000 pioneers traveled over the Wilderness Road and Boone's Trace during the settlement of Kentucky. Today, visitors to the park can retrace the footsteps of the early pioneers on eight-and-one-half miles of hiking trails that include original portions of these historic throughways.

  • Historic Sites

    During the night of October 3, 1786, the McNitt Party became the victims of a bloody Indian massacre in which at least 24 people were killed. This was the worst pioneer massacre in Kentucky's history. A memorial to the McNitt Party was established at Levi Jackson Park.

    The Mountain Life Museum brings visitors into a pioneer settlement. Buildings in the settlement were moved from other sites or built as replicas on the park. All buildings are filled with pioneer relics including tools, products of agriculture and household implements. The museum consists of 7 buildings.

    Open Wednesday thru Sunday, April - October. Group tours available by appointment only Monday and Tuesday, or during the off-season by appointment only. Adults-$3.50 Children-$2.50.

    McHargue's Mill was built on the banks of the Little Laurel River where it intersects Boone's Trace. This working reproduction mill dates to the same era as the original McHargue family mills and has authentic interior works, including millstones. It is surrounded by the largest display of millstones in the country.

    The Mill grounds are open year round, with actual grinding taking place Wednesday - Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Groups may tour the inside of the mill by appointment only Monday and Tuesday, Memorial Day through Labor Day, or during the off season, by appointment only.

    The Russell Dyche Amphitheater seats 1,500 people and is host to many community events, including the week-long Laurel County Homecoming in August.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables, grills, and playgrounds are located throughout the park for a perfect picnic outing. Four picnic shelters are available for rental up to one year in advance.

  • RVing

    For your camping, you will find utility hookups, a grocery store, a dump station, and three central service buildings containing an activities room, showers, rest rooms, and laundry facilities.

  • Water Sports

    Cool off on a hot summer day in the community swimming pool. A new pool containing water slides is open.

    Lifeguard-protected. Hours 11 a.m to 7 p.m., Memorial Day through August. $5 adult under 62 and child 13 and over, $4 adult 62 and older and child 3-12, Free for child 2 and under.

    Pool Availability: Please call ahead to confirm community pool hours or to book a pool party.

Directions

Driving

The park is south of London, off I-75 at exit 38, on US 25 south.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(606) 330-2130

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