Having grown up frequenting Kentucky State Park Resorts, it has been nostalgic for this Mom to enrich our two boys' summers with some good old fashioned family fun! We reserved the "newer" Wildwood cottages which are described as a chalet style complete with fireplace, full kitchen (equipped with cookware, flatware, dishes, cups, coffee maker, ice maker/refrigerator and enough cabinet/counter storage) and, in our case, 3 bedrooms/2.5 bath 2 story unit overlooking a wooded area. A perfect sized deck is just off the living room which happens to contain rather dated sofa and chairs. The kitchen table is gigantic - easily accommodating 8 around the circular table. Linens, towels, pillows, blankets (plus extras of each) are provided; housekeeping is not included. A well loved grill is just outside the front door; it is recommended to bring additional outdoor seating if you intend to enjoy the outdoors - definitely do! The symphony of sounds as you are nestled in the woods is a true joy - not to mention the sight of deer frolicking just off the roadway is a delight! The entrance to Lake Cumberland is a winding 5 mile jaunt to the main lodge, Lure Lodge. Here is where folks (I think you have to use this word when describing the folksy experience at this resort!) gather for checkers, greet Betty at the reception desk, enjoy a meal in the dining room overlooking beautiful Lake Cumberland or browse the gift shop. At the lodge you will also find the indoor swimming pool and the game room which contains pool tables, ping pong, foos ball and several arcade games. Activities were scheduled Wednesday-Saturday (wish I had known this ahead of time - calls to activities office earlier in the season indicated there were daily activities scheduled but evidently budget cuts resulted in a shortened activity week). Nonetheless, there are plenty of on and off water activities to keep a family, a couple, an individual as engaged as you wish during your stay at the resort. Getting on the water at State Dock was a breeze - our family had access to a boat but with Lake Cumberland being the "Houseboat Capital of the World", one will not be wanting for boating options! I truly believe you could navigate the waters of Lake Cumberland for years and not truly see or appreciate all the beauties of this lake. Our boys had an incredible time on the water and created many memories!
The scheduled activities were varied and family friendly. Additionally, we chose horseback riding (thanks for a great ride, Jarod with horses Mickey and Rebel!), miniature golfing, hiking, tennis, walking, playing on the playground and can even borrow board games for the touch of rain we happened to have while there.
Outfitting our cottage for the 4 nights we were there, we had stopped at a grocery store and loaded the cooler well before arriving at the lodge. I believe a round trip to the grocery store is about an hour so do plan ahead! There is a country store on site which really does have just about everything, but I appreciated having the comforts of home such as fresh produce and other familiar favorites.
We met lovely people camping at the campground, at the scheduled activities, in the lodge, at the dock and in the water - people truly enjoying the beauty of Kentucky State Parks. Visitors may be interested in the FAQ - Family Adventure Quest program which is operated by the parks system. It is a great way to learn more about the facilities across Kentucky. Definitely look this up :)
I sincerely hope the Kentucky State Park facilities remain a priority for Kentucky - they are a rich tradition in a world which is in such a hurry to hurry up. Lake Cumberland invites you to sit back, enjoy the scenery and be present! I am so pleased we enjoyed a few days' getaway at this Lake Beauty!
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Cumberland State Hotel Jamestown
- Cumberland Lake State Resort Hotel