We visited Lake Barkley State Resort Park in June 2005 for 5 nights with my two sons (5 and 7) and my parents. We stayed in adjoining, upper-level rooms at the lodge. We ventured out each day and sampled the local attractions - Land Between the Lakes, Venture River in Eddyville, the beach, the Boots Randolph Golf Course (gorgeous!!!) - be sure to check out Blue Springs behind the club house with the kids. The vacation was not fast paced, but it seemed like there was plenty to do to keep us busy during our stay.
Pros: Great old-lodge feel at the main lodge, carried through into the rooms. We really liked the wood paneling and vaulted ceiling in our room. The view of the lake from our room was terrific. The rooms were clean and we enjoyed the extra storage shelves in the bathroom. Activities were planned throughout the day and the kids especially enjoyed fishing off of the dock with cane poles and watching an animal presentation. The food in the dining room was filling and tasty - my oldest son really enjoyed the buffet experience. The indoor pool and fitness center was very nice. You can rent bikes at the lodge and water craft at the Marina. The full-service marina also offers a snack stand with hamburger types of options and ice cream. The game room at the lodge was fun in the evenings.
Cons: The room bedding needs to be updated - there were some holes in the bedspreads. Spider webs were abundant on the railings on our balcony (kids refused to go out) and along the covered walkway from the room to the lodge. The beach needed to be maintained better - weeds in the sand and in the swimming area. The trails near the lodge needed to be cleared a bit more - there were points where we were pushing through the brush where the trail had narrowed too much. Given that this is an area known for ticks - we weren't surprised when my son ended up with one on him.
Overall: We had a good time. The parts of the lodge that were showing their age could stand some sprucing up, but we didn't go with expectations for a 4-star resort. We anticipated a state-run lodge and were pleasantly surprised with the caliber and quantity of activities provided, and the overall tranquility of the surroundings. The kids had a great time and are asking to return again soon.
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- Lake Barkley State Resort Park has accommodations for every kind of travelers, including the comfortable Barkley Lodge and a large camping site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Barkley Hotel Cadiz
- Barkley Lodge
- Barkley Hotel Cadiz