Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

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Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park


(270) 797-3421

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Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is open year round. Named for the tiny Pennyroyal plant found in the woodlands surrounding this resort, Pennyrile Forest is the perfect back-to-nature hideaway. Relax in the rustic wood and stone lodge or in one of the charming cottages near the lodge or beside the lake. In either case, the only sounds to wake you may be the gentle splash of a beaver or the melodic song of the wood thrush. The resort offers a newly expanded 18-hole par-72 golf course, set in a oak-pine forest. Other recreational pursuits include tennis, hiking, canoeing, fishing and swimming at the pool or beach. Enjoy mountain biking on trails in the adjoining Pennyrile State Forest.

Map of Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park (KY)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.146635, -87.676392



  • Boating

    For a fun-filled day on the lake, visit the boat dock. Rental pedal boats, row boats, canoes, and trolling motors are available. Larger motorboats are restricted from Pennyrile Lake. Lake Beshear, located four miles from the lodge, also offers fishing challenges. Larger motorboats are allowed there.

  • Bird Watching

    During spring migration we often get a number of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks here. During the summer if you hike the Clifty Creek trail you can often times see a Louisiana Waterthrush bobbing along streamside. The lake trail is probably your best bet for many birding opportunities year round. Birds commonly observed in the winter include juncos, white-breasted nuthatches, purple finches, and Carolina chickadees. In late winter Cedar Waxwings can be seen devouring what is left of the holly berries throughout the park. The spring brings warbler passing through as well as Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. In the summer Red-eyed Vireos, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Indigo Buntings, Wood Thrushes, Ovenbirds, Pine Warblers, and Scarlet and Summer tanagers are all commonly seen.

  • Bicycling

    Please contact the main number for more information.

  • Camping

    Enjoy the beauty of the Pennyrile Forest in the 68-site campground. The campground features utility hook ups, a dump station, and one central service building with showers, rest rooms, and a laundry. Pets are allowed if restrained.

  • Fishing

    Grab your fishing pole! Pennyrile Lake is home to bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, and largemouth bass.

  • Golfing

    "Tee-time!" Test your skills on the regulation 18-hole golf course. A pro-shop, riding carts, pull carts, and rental clubs are available. Course open year-round, weather permitting. Eighteen-hole golf packages available.

  • Hiking

    Bring your camera as the photo opportunities are limitless on the nature trails. Seven trails loop around the lake and through the forest areas and are rated from easy to difficult in hiking ability.

  • Horseback Riding

    Bring your horse out the the new 1.25 mile horse trail near the campground connecting riders to the 40+ miles of horse trails on the adjacent Pennyrile State Forest.

  • Picnicking

    Grills are available at all cottages and campsites. Picnic shelters, tables, and playgrounds are located throughout the park. Shelters available for rental up to one year in advance

  • RVing

    Please contact the main number for more information.

  • Tennis

    Enjoy a day of competition on the newly refurbished basketball/tennis court. Overnight guests may check out basketball/tennis equipment.

  • Water Sports

    Take the plunge in the lodge pool or sunbath at the public beach. The pool is adjacent to the lodge and is available for lodge and cottage guests. Enjoy sand between your toes and the gentle waves of Pennyrile Lake at the beach, adjacent to the boat dock. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day.


Summers are hot and humid with temperatures ranging from night time lows 60's to mid 70's; day time highs from upper 80's to mid 90's. Winters are cold with night time lows ranging from low 20's to low 30's; day time highs from mid 20's to upper 30's. Extreme highs can reach 100 degree Fahrenheit; extreme lows can drop to zero degree F., these temperatures are rare. Spring and fall seasons are beautiful in Kentucky with mild temperatures.



The resort is 20 miles northwest of Hopkinsville, on KY 109 N. From the Western Kentucky Parkway, exit at Dawson Springs and take KY 109 south.


Nashville International Airport is the nearest airport.

Phone Numbers


(270) 797-3421