Opportunities for outdoor recreation are abundant in Northeast Kentucky. Our region is truly spectacular, with vistas that change with the seasons, views that go on for miles, and scenery that is meant to be explored. We are tied to the land and after visiting, it will be easy to understand why.
In Northeast Kentucky it is possible to hike, fish, swim, boat, hunt, bike, and explore - all within the same weekend. With the Ohio River snaking through our hills, watersports are just as much a part of life as hiking and hunting. Swimming and fishing are things that most children learn to do while very young and a fun day off is always on the horizon. Tourists come to our region to enjoy these many activities and to stay at one of our state parks. But, for those lucky enough to call NE Kentucky home, these parks and recreation opportunities are just a part of our large backyard.
Blue Licks Battlefield State Park
At Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, visitors can boat, hike, swim, play, birdwatch and explore history. With so much to do, most guests choose to stay for a couple days, while residents of North East Kentucky enjoy the benefits of visiting on a regular basis.
Come to explore and stay at the campground or in a cabin. The lodge offers 32 nice, clean rooms with full amenities, including two suites, one of which can be used as a hospitality center for meetings and family reunions.
Hidden Waters Restaurant is also located here. This restaurant is well known in central Kentucky for its excellent southern cuisine. Among the items featured are southern-fried catfish and country ham which is cured and produced by an excellent Kentucky Proud supplier. We invite you to stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner any day of the week.
Carter Caves State Park
Carter Caves State Resort Park contains more than 20 caverns winding beneath its forested hills. Here, guests can explore underground caverns and then come up to the surface to swim, hike, ride horses, canoe, or gum mine. With a lodge and cottages to stay in, this is an excellent spot to take the family or to host a reunion. Tierney’s Cavern is also onsite, providing guests with a tasty meal at the end of a day full of adventure.
Grayson Lake State Park
This gorgeous spot is a popular destination in the summer, drawing guests from across the region and the country. At Grayson Lake State Park, guests can swim, boat, camp, fish, golf, hike, play, and birdwatch.
Sheer sandstone canyons and gentle slopes are a featured quality of the 1,512 acres of Grayson Lake State Park. The park's site was a favorite camping area for former occupants: the Shawnee and Cherokee Native Americans. For an excellent adventure we recommend the hiking trails, which offer several species of ferns, mosses, and lichens, the flowering rhododendron, "lizard head rock," and the unusual combination of beech-hemlock trees.
Hidden Cove Golf Course provides additional recreation opportunities. It was rated #4 by Golf Digest so this is one course you do not want to miss.
Greenbo Lake State Park
Greenbo Lake State Park is a prime destination for anglers and their families. Here is where people come to spend the weekend fishing, boating, and relaxing. There is even a restaurant onsite so no one has to cook.
Staying at Greenbo Lake is easy since a fieldstone lodge is located at this resort. It is named in honor of Jesse Hilton Stuart (1906-1984), Poet Laureate and native of Greenup County. Peruse Stuart’s works and personal mementos in the lodge reading room. Most of the rooms feature private patios and balconies overlooking beautiful Greenbo Lake.
Kincaid Lake State Park
This stunning lake is a family friendly destination that draws visitors from throughout the area. Explore the lake in a pedal or motor boat rental from the marina. Surrounded by open woodland, the campground offers quiet seclusion with all of the modern conveniences campers expect. A multi-purpose room with kitchen is available for rental. Capable of accommodating up to 175 people, it is suitable for weddings, family reunions, class reunions, or parties.