Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Beach Access Will Be Limited Due to Ongoing Safety Concerns for 2nd Season

DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (May 26, 2022) – As part of an ongoing effort to ensure the safety of state park guests, beach access at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will be limited to registered campground and lodging guests on weekends and holidays effective May 28, 2022. Beach access will continue to be available for non-registered park guests on weekdays only.

In consultation with state and local officials, the decision has been made to continue this safety effort for an additional season due to ongoing concerns relating to overcrowding. While the park continues to encourage guests to enjoy outdoor recreation, current beach crowds continue to exceed the park’s capacity by more than 10 times, creating prolonged response times in the event of an emergency. Additionally, the beach is not staffed by lifeguards.

Beach parking can accommodate 109 vehicles. Parking outside of the area is unsafe for park guests because of the 200-foot elevation change to access the beach area. Golf cart transportation will no longer be available.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is one of 45 Kentucky state parks that offer a variety of outdoor recreation activities, including hiking and biking, that Kentuckians can enjoy.

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