Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park

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Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park


(606) 398-7510

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Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park is located in the northern edge of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Year-round accommodations include Buckhorn Lodge and three cottages. The park itself encompasses 856 acres (3.5 km), while Buckhorn Lake, a mountain reservoir lake which serves as its major feature, covers approximately 1,230 acres (5 km). The park is adjacent to the northern edge of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Map of Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park (KY)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.304279, -83.438198



  • Boating

    Water sports enthusiasts will find entertainment on Buckhorn Lake. The marina has 95 open slips, two launching ramps, rental pontoon boats, and fishing boats. Open April through October.

  • Bird Watching

    Eagles nesting in the winter months can be spotted from the lodge lobby or dining room. Both the Leatherwood and Moonshine Hollow Trails are great opportunities to hear and see many woodland species. As spring arrives, so does the warbler migration. You can also see water fowl such as the belted king fisher, red-winged black bird and the great blue heron.

  • Camping

    The park has a 99-site campground. Campgrounds have a dump station and two central service buildings with showers and restrooms. Laundry facilities are also available ($1.57 wash/$1.25 dry). Pets are allowed but must be restrained at all times. Reservations for a site may be made online.

  • Fishing

    The lake is home to largemouth and Kentucky bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, and muskie. Don't have a fishing pole? No problem! Stop by the marina and ask about their fishing loaner program where you can check out FREE equipment.

  • Golfing

    Miniature golf is an activity the entire family will enjoy! Test your putting skills on the 18-hole course.

  • Hiking

    Hikers can explore the natural beauty and resources of Buckhorn Lake with a stroll along a 1.5 mile, self-guiding, easy walking trail. At the present time, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park offers two trails for your hiking enjoyment. The trailhead to both trails is located across from the Conference Center, adjacent to the park road. Leatherwood Trail is a circuit trail which connects with Moonshine Hollow. To get to the trail, take the left-hand fork where the two trails meet. The trail will ascend up the hill, level out, and then descend the hill. It will finish at the same location where it began. The ascent up the hill has several steps and should be considered strenuous. A nice overlook of the lake is the reward for those who make this climb. Moonshine Trail 1 mile--is a self-guided interpretive trail for which a brochure is provided at the front desk. The pamphlet describes a variety of plant life and natural land features of eastern, Kentucky. To get to the trail, take the right-hand fork where the two trails meet. By taking this trail, one will finish behind the park office. Although the trail is one mile in length, it should be remembered that one must walk back to the lodge along the park road for a distance of about .5 mile.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic sites are available throughout the park; please contact park services for more information.

  • RVing

    The campgrounds offer utilities hookups. Electric service at all sites is 100V/30A. Reservations for a site may be made online.

  • Water Sports

    The lodge swimming pool is for the exclusive use of lodge and cottage guests. The public beach has a bathhouse complex for visitor convenience. Swimming is seasonal. Beach is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Elk, deer, turkey, geese, and other birds may be observed at the park. In 1997, wildlife experts reintroduced elk from the western U.S. into Kentucky parks. Elk had been hunted to extinction in the state, but they now number around 10,000 throughout southeastern Kentucky. Elk tours are offered from September until March. Check the park events website for dates and times.


The marina is open April through October. Mini-golf is available from April 1 to October 31. Elk tours are available from mid-September to March. The beach is open from Memorial Day until Labor Day. The campsite is open from April to October. The lodge and cottages are open year-round.



The resort is 25 miles northwest of Hazard, or 124 miles southeast of Lexington. From I-75 north, exit to I-64 east, exit at the Mountain Parkway, then exit at Campton and take KY 15 south, to KY 28 west. From I-75 south, exit at the Daniel Boone Parkway, then exit to KY 15 north to KY 28 west. From I-64 east or west, exit at the Mountain Parkway, then exit at Campton and take KY 15 south, to KY 28 west. From KY 28 west, turn onto KY 1833 to park entrance.

Phone Numbers


(606) 398-7510