We stayed August 5-9, 2013. Our group had 2 campsites as well as a 2 bedroom villa and were pleasantly surprised. The campers, a pop-up and a small camper requested new sites once they saw an uphill walk to the bathrooms; 2 of them have limited mobility. The new campsites were perfect and the bathrooms were very clean. We were able to cook a complete dinner (steaks, potatoes, corn) for 8 on the grills at the sites. The grounds are patrolled and the ranger stopped by the last evening to give them a warning about sever weather approaching. This gave them plenty of time to get gear stored away before the storm. The storm caused a power outage in the middle of the night and the thunder made the earth seem to move.
The 2 bedroom villa was fantastic and was equipped beyond our dreams. Each bedroom has 2 queen beds and a TV. One bedroom has a master bathroom; there is a second bathroom in the hall next door to the second bedroom. The kitchen is fully equipped with oven/stove, full size refrigerator, full size drip coffee pot, toaster, microwave and service for 8. It had everything we needed to cook breakfast for all 8 of us. The dining room table seats 8. The living room was very spacious and has a fireplace. Unfortunately we could not light the fireplace and when we called the lodge office we were told it was out of gas and they do not replace gas supplies until next season. There is a nice TV in the living room. There is an enclosed porch off the dining area and a deck off the living room. We really enjoyed sitting on the deck and listening to the nature sounds. Unfortunately you can not see the lake from the villa. The villa had everything you expect from a hotel including coffee for the coffee pot and toiletries in the bathroom.
Two of us walked to the lake and as others have said the beach is closed. For information on the lake check out the Army Corps of Engineers Facebook page. This lake and several others in the area have a problem with blue-green algae and swimming is not advised. Also care needs to be taken if you are fishing in these lakes and want to eat the fish you catch; not a problem for our group.
The pool at the lodge is nice and as others have said the baby pool is closed. Towels are provided at the pool. We ate dinner our last night at the lodge and the food was so-so. We arrived toward the end of the evening so the buffet was tired looking. One person tried it and was not impressed, the rest of us ordered off the menu.
We enjoyed horseback riding at the stable in the park and it was a bargain, just $18 each. There are walking paths, and playgrounds in the park. We did not check out the marina. While we were in the area we canoed on a river, and toured a cave. The park is not near towns so we did a lot of driving. Scottsville seemed to be the closest town for groceries; the food at the Griddle was wonderful. If you want alcohol plan on driving to Bowling Green 50 minutes away.
I was impressed by Barren River Lake state park and resort and would not hesitate to return.
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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts regarding our resort park. We appreciate your insights and have discussed ways of improving the buffet process when nearing closing time. Thank you for being our guest , we look forward to your next visit!
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