The family headed to Lake Barkley for our Spring Break getaway this year. We stayed two nights at the Lake Barkley State Resort Lodge. The room was clean, beds comfortable, and the view of the lake from our private balcony was spectacular. Since it was early in the season the access to their beach was closed, as was the horseback riding and outdoor pool. We took advantage of the indoor pool, tennis, sauna, and walking trails. The game room was outdated but still fun for our two teens, and they both loved the recreation room across the hall from the game room where they got to hold snakes. The resort is in a very rustic setting which means you'll need to drive into town (10-15 minute drive) to find variety at meal time. We also ended up driving to Wrangler's Camp for horseback riding which our teen girls just adored.
The workers at the Marina were so nice and helpful. We checked into renting a pontoon and the prices were much lower than expected compared to a few other Marina's in the state. Because of the decent rental price, we would absolutely have rented one if it hadn't been so windy that day with the threat of thunderstorms. The fishing was great, too.
Our only negative on our trip was the experience we had eating at the lodge. During lunch one afternoon my husband and I got the soup and salad bar, sat down and began eating only to see with our own eyes that the attendee at the buffet was placing food on it with her bare hands. The next morning we waited over thirty minutes for blueberry pancakes to be served. We felt that ten dollars for four chicken tenders and some fries was a little pricey as well, and ended up driving to town for future meals.
It was a lovely, quiet place and we all had a good time. It is a very nice resort.
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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