In order to protect visitors and the park, and in order to promote
quality visitor experiences for everyone, there are certain activities
that are prohibited and restricted within Kentucky State Parks. These
prohibitions and restrictions are based on Kentucky Revised Statutes
(KRS-state law), Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) and Kentucky
Department of Parks Policy Memoranda.
LIST OF PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES
Alcoholic Beverages KRS 222.202(2) A person is guilty of drinking
alcoholic beverages in a public place when he drinks alcoholic beverages
in a public place.
KRS 222.203(1) A peace officer shall make an arrest for a violation of KRS 222.202.
512.070(1) A person is guilty of criminal littering when he: (a) drops
or permits to drop on a highway any destructive or injurious material
and does not immediately remove it; or (b) knowingly places or throws
litter on any public or private property without permission.
433.753 When any paper, waste material, litter or other refuse is thrown
or dropped from a motor vehicle, the operator thereof shall be deemed
prima facie to be guilty of criminal Uttering.
Injuring or Removing Plants
433.750 A person who picks, pulls, digs, tears up, cuts, breaks, burns
or otherwise damages any tree shrub, flower, vine, bush or turf or the
right of way of any state highway or county road or upon any land set
aside, dedicated or maintained by this state as a public park or as a
refuge or sanctuary for wild animals, birds or fish, without having
first obtained permission in writing of the engineer having charge of
the highway, or the superintendent or custodian of the park, refuge or
sanctuary shall be fined not less than $25 nor more than $300.
Writing On or Defacing Park Property or Natural Rock Formations
512.040(1) A person is guilty of criminal mischief in the third degree
when: (a) having no right to do so or any reasonable ground to believe
that he has such right, he intentionally or wantonly defaces, destroys
or damages any property.
All areas controlled by the Department of Parks and designated as
camping, hiking or other family oriented recreation areas are designated
wildlife sanctuaries for the purpose of affording protection to the
wildlife thereon as natural, integrated, interrelated, ecological
communities. (2) No unauthorized person shall enter a wildlife sanctuary
and take, damage, injure, kill, destroy or unduly disturb the wildlife
304 KAR 1:020 No person shall swim,
bathe, or otherwise enter any water owned by... or under the control of
the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Department of Parks... unless they are
within a swimming area designated by the Department of Parks.
Dogs Running at Large
258.215(1) Peace officers or animal control officers shall seize and
impound any dog which does not bear a valid rabies tag or other legible
identification which is found running at large. Any dog which an officer
or animal control officer seizes shall be impounded in the designated
animal shelter of the county and confined in a humane manner. If, after a
reasonable effort, the seizure of an unrestrained dog cannot be made,
or the dog presents a hazard to public safety or property or has an
injury or physical condition which causes the dog to suffer, the animal
control officer or peace officer may immediately destroy the dog by the
most reasonable and humane means then available.
LIST OF RESTRICTED ACTIVITIES
(These activities require permits or written permission from park officials.)
Activities 304 KAR 1:030 Section 1. No person, corporation or any other
entity shall conduct or engage in any form of trade, business or other
commercial activity, and may not perform any type of service for
compensation within the boundaries of any lands owned by, leased to or
under the control of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Department of Parks,
without obtaining the prior written consent of the Department of Parks
and such consent shall not be withheld on a discriminatory basis.
Posting Advertisements or Other Matter
512.080(1) A person is guilty of unlawfully posting advertisements
when, having no right to do so or any reasonable ground to believe he
has such right, he posts, paints or otherwise affixes to the property of
another person or to public property any advertisement, poster, notice
or other matter.
304 KAR 1:050 Section 1. Except as provided in Section 2 of this administrative regulation,
the use of metal detectors shall be prohibited in all Kentucky State Parks.
Section 2. Park personnel, law enforcement personnel, and utilities may use metal detectors.
Policy Memo 98-05-01. The sport of rappelling is strictly forbidden
anywhere within the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks without
prior written permission of the Commissioner of Parks.
Policy Memo 87-05-2. Horseback riding with privately owned horses in
the state parks shall only be permitted in areas designated by the
Commissioner of Parks.
Collecting Plants, Animals or Geological Materials for Scientific Purposes
Policy Memo 87-11-5. The Department of Parks prohibits all collecting
of plants, animals, and geological materials for any purpose, including
scientific, unless written approval is obtained from the Commissioner of
Parks. No other permission, written or verbal, is acceptable.
ACTIVITIES SOMETIMES RESTRICTED
periods of extreme forest fire danger (these times will be posted)
fires of any type may be prohibited. Normally, cooking fires are
permitted in any of the park's grills, or in suitable private grills. No
ground fires are permitted without prior permission from park
Park hiking trails may be closed on rare
occasions when forest fire danger is extremely high. These times are
posted. Otherwise, hiking trails are open continuously for clay hiking
only. Overnight backcountry camping is not permitted anywhere, in the
vicinity of the park's developed hiking trails.
CAMPGROUND RULES AND REGULATIONS
Use of non-licensed vehicles in campgrounds
note that the Kentucky Department of Parks permits the use of
non-licensed vehicles in campgrounds, including golf carts, only by
those individuals with a disability. This policy will be enforced for
the safety of all guests.
304 KAR 1.040
304 KAR 1.040 Campgrounds.
Relates to KRS 148.021
Statutory Authority: KRS 148.021 (8)
FUNCTION AND CONFORMITY: KRS 148.021(8) authorizes the Commissioner of
Parks to promulgate administrative regulations relating to the operation
of state park campgrounds. This administrative regulation establishes
requirements for the orderly operation of state park campgrounds.
Section 1. At all state park campgrounds the following rules shall be observed:
Camping, unless otherwise authorized by the park manager due to a
special event creating an overflow, shall be restricted to the
(2) A tent, a camping vehicle, a recreational vehicle,
camping equipment, or other personal property shall not be left
unattended longer than twenty-four (24) consecutive hours without
written permission from the park manager.
(b) Written permission pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection shall be based upon the best interests of the park.
(3)(a) Pets shall:
1. Be kept on a leash or otherwise restrained at all times;
2. Have current inoculations for rabies as prescribed by the camper's state of residence; and
3. Not be tied to trees or shrubs.
(b)Campers shall clean up after their pets.
(c)Campers unable to control their pets may be asked to leave the campground.
Sewage or gray water from tents or recreational vehicles shall not be
disposed of on the premises of the campground except at a sewage
(b) Dishes, pots, pans and silverware shall not be washed at spigots or in bathhouses.
(c)Vehicles or equipment shall not be washed within the campground.
(5) Quiet time begins at 11 p.m. Campers shall not have visitors after 11 p.m.
(6) Campers shall not:
(a) Hang lanterns on trees or shrubs;
(b)Drive an object into a tree, shrub, sign, building, or other object or structure in the campground; or
(c)Trench or dig in the campground.
Motorbikes, motorcycles, motor scooters, and off-road vehicles in the
campground shall be restricted to regular roadways for use in entering
and exiting only.
(b) Campers and visitors shall not joy ride four (4) wheelers, golf carts, mopeds, or similar vehicles within the campground.
(c) Drivers shall be at least sixteen (16) years of age and have a valid driver’s license.
(d) Vehicles shall be properly muffle red and shall stay on paved roads.
(e) An exception shall be made for the use of a motorized vehicle by a person with a disability who:
1. Is using a motorized vehicle for travel to or from campground facilities; and
2. Has proof of disability such as an appropriate identification card or vehicle license plate.
(8)(a) Campsites may be reserved by telephone or via the Internet.
(b) Any campsites not reserved shall be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
(c) Check-in time is 2 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.
There shall be a fourteen (14) day maximum stay unless granted a waiver
by the park manager for good cause due to an emergency or business
(b) A camper may be asked to move to facilitate maintenance on the site.
(c) Campers shall not homestead.
A camper shall register at the entrance gate or designated area and
shall receive a campsite assignment from the gate attendant, which shall
be noted a camping permit.
(b) A camper shall not change a campsite assignment, unless permission to move is granted by the gate attendant.
If campers are permitted to select a site of their choice, they shall
return immediately to the gate attendant and identify the chosen site.
Central service buildings and other facilities in the camping area
shall be for campers and their guests only. Anyone other than registered
campers or guests of registered campers shall not picnic, sightsee, or
have reunions in the campground.
(12) Fires shall be restricted to fire rings in designated areas only and shall be attended at all times.
(13)(a) Vehicles shall be parked in campsite spaces and parking lots and shall display a "car pass" or "visitor pass".
(b) Vehicles shall not block adjacent sites or roadways.
(14) Tables shall not be moved from site to site.
(15)(a) Two (2) groups or parties may share one (1) campsite.
If two (2) groups or parties agree to share one (1) campsite, each
shall be issued a camping permit, if two (2) tents, campers, or
recreational vehicles are used.
(16)(a) Campers shall keep their sites clean and dispense of refuse in the receptacles provided.
(b) Campers may camp on grass only with prior permission of the gate attendant or park manager.
(17) Alcoholic beverages shall not be publicly displayed.
(18) Fireworks shall not be allowed at the campground.
(19) Campers shall:
(a) Report loss, theft, accident, or disturbance to gate attendant; and
(b) Turn in all found property to gate attendant.
(20)(a) A camper shall not deface or damage park property.
(b) Failure to comply with paragraph (a) of this subsection may result in arrest, fine, or eviction from the park property.
(21) All visitors shall sign in and out, display a visitor pass, and obey all campground rules.
(22) More than two (2) visitor passes shall not be issued per site.
A camper or a camper’s guest shall not engage in fighting; threatening
or abusive language; lewd acts, or conduct that causes public
inconvenience, annoyance, alarm, unreasonable noise, or is disturbing to
campground patrons. (b) Failure to comply with paragraph (a) of this
subsection may result in arrest, fine, or eviction from the park
Section 2. Sanctions. The park manager reserves the
right to remove any camper or camper’s guest from the premises for
violation of this administrative regulation. (1 Ky.R. 756; eff. 5-14-75;
Am. 5 Ky.R. 549; eff. 2-7-79; 15 Ky.R. 2103; eff. 4-26-89; 27 Ky.R.
1545; 2127; eff. 2-15-2001; 32 Ky.R. 1925; 2267; eff. 7-7-06; 34 Ky.R.
855; 1414; eff. 1-4-2008.)