Kentucky Tourism

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park


20781 Pennyrile Lodge Road
Dawson Springs, KY 42408
Toll Free: (800) 325-1711

Sales Contact

Donnie Jones

This secluded, peaceful hideaway overlooks Pennyrile Lake and is perfect for a corporate retreat or a department meeting.

Located near Paducah and Henderson, the rustic stone and wood lodge houses guest rooms, meeting space and a restaurant under one roof.

A sitting area with a large stone fireplace invites you to enjoy the peace and quiet, or host an event on the stone patio to enjoy the beautiful views of the lake and vast forest.

Site Features


Named for the tiny Pennyroyal plant found in the woodlands surrounding this resort, Pennyrile Forest is the perfect back-to-nature hideaway, and the perfect location for your next event.

Click here to download Pennyrile Forest's Event Planner (Adobe PDF)



The rustic wood and stone Pennyrile Lodge, with 24 rooms, sits serenely on a high cliff overlooking Pennyrile Lake.

Open year-round. Rooms available by late afternoon. Check-out by noon, Central Time.

A limited number of lodge rooms will be available for pets. Accommodation rates for groups of ten or more are available by contacting the park's sales representative.


The park has 13 cottages located in the wooded lodge area and on the shores of Pennyrile Lake. The one and two-bedroom cottages have unique features, offering wooded or lake views, and such amenities as private boat and fishing docks, fireplaces, or screened-in porches.

Tableware, cooking utensils, and linens are provided, with fresh linens available daily.Open year-round. Cottages available by late afternoon. Check-out by 11:00 AM, Central Time. Pets are not allowed in state park cottages. Accommodation rates for groups of ten or more are available by contacting the park's sales representative.


Enjoy the beauty of the Pennyrile Forest in the 36-site campground. The campground features utility hook ups, a dump station, and one central service building with showers, rest rooms, and a laundry. Pets are allowed if restrained.


You will enjoy the drive down the hill to our lodge, which sits on top of a high bluff overlooking Pennyrile Lake and the beautiful woods of Pennyrile Forest. Our beautiful and cozy wood and stone lodge is surrounded by 15000 acres of Pennyrle Forest, and has 24 lodge rooms overlooking Pennyrile Lake. This park is located near Paducah and Henderson.

Our two Meeting Rooms can accommodate from 30 to 120 guests, and is only a skip away from the lodge! You will certainly enjoy the delicious food available at our restaurant, or delivered to your event. Let our Recreation Staff assist you with team building activities, or venture out on your own to the many nature trails or the quiet patio to read a book, off our lobby. We have five one and two bedroom cottages in wooded areas, eight one and two bedroom cottages on the lake with docks for fishing. Our Clifty Creek Restaurant seats 200 guests. The gift shop offers unique and Kentucky hand craft items, and  game room with classic arcade games. While you are visiting the park come relax in our large lobby with a handcrafted hardwood floor and the large stone fireplace.

Come relax in a lodge room and enjoy a peaceful afternoon on one of the balconies or porches overlooking the Pennyrile Lake. If you are looking to go to the beach while here, you’ll certainly enjoy the pristine restored beach with white sand. At Pennyrile we have hiking trails that meander through the park while enjoying the abundant wildlife. We also have a challenging 18 hole golf course that is sure to please any golfer. Other activities while at the park are Mountain Bike Trails, 23 miles of Horseback Trails, 32 site Campground and 8 site Equestrian Campground, Tennis and Basketball courts, Paddleboats, Row Boats and Canoes.

Things To Do

  • 18-Hole Golf Course
  • Miniature Golf
  • Pedal Boats, Rowboats, Canoe and Trolling Motors Rentals (Seasonal)
  • Team-Building
  • Hiking Trails (23 miles)
  • Outdoor Pool (Seasonal)
  • Beach (Seasonal)
  • Planned Recreation/Naturalist Activities
  • Playground
  • Picnic Tables
  • Basketball/Tennis


Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park offers you a beautiful and economical wedding. Options available in the back yard of the lodge overlooking the Pennyrile Lake, with choice of set up. The Private Dining Room in the Clifty Creek Restaurant will prepare delicious appetizers, dinner and desserts for you and your guests. From an intimate event of 20 people or a larger wedding of 200, we are able to handle your needs on your special day.