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Jenny Wiley Things To Do


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Biking
There are three mountain biking trails of varying difficulty that offer 3.0-miles of riding pleasure. They include the Short-Loop (.8) the Switchback (1.9) and the Beginners Trail (.75). Mountain biking trail regulations and signage are posted at the entrance.

Birding
The biggest attraction at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is the Spring Warblers and migration. You will be able to add numerous warblers to your list along with many sightings of American Redstarts. One of the most overlooked areas for birdwatching is the asphalt road leading from the May Lodge to the two-bedroom cottages. You will find many species of birds year round in this area. Another area, especially for eastern bluebirds, would be the Jenny Wiley Executive Golf Course.

Boating
Fun-filled days await you on Dewey Lake! The boat dock offers 153 open slips, four launching ramps, and pontoon boat rental. Fee charged for boat rental. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day of paddling, an afternoon of fishing, or you want to explore all Jenny Wiley State Resort Park has to offer, you can do all of this from a canoe! Stop by the Nature Center 8am to 4pm any day of the week, Memorial Day through Labor Day for rental ($).

Camping
Enjoy the great outdoors in the 121-site campground. Utility hookups, two central service buildings with showers and rest rooms, a grocery store, and a dump station are available for your convenience. Pets are allowed if restrained. Closed for season from November 1 to March 31.

Canoeing
Whether you are looking for a relaxing day of paddling, an afternoon of fishing, or you want to explore all Jenny Wiley State Resort Park has to offer, you can do all of this from a canoe! Stop by the Nature Center 8am to 4pm any day of the week, Memorial Day through Labor Day for rental ($).

Elk Watching
Elk have recently been introduced to Kentucky as a wildlife re-introduction program. Before the release in 1997, elk had been gone from Kentucky for nearly 150 years. Check our event listing for Winter Elk Tour dates.

Fishing
For "reel" excitement, Jenny Wiley is the place to be! Dewey Lake has largemouth and hybrid striped bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie.

A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Click here to purchase a license online at KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Don't have a fishing pole? No problem! Ask at the park about their fishing loaner program where you can check out FREE equipment.

Gift Shop
Book lovers flock to this gift shop. There they find historical books, cook books and novels by Kentucky authors. The selection of handcrafts include walking sticks, coal figurines, candles, homemade jams and jellies, also unique art work. Celebrating their heritage, the shop offers a large selection of elk, deer and other wildlife figurines.

Golf
Golf operations are operated by the city of Prestonsburg through Stonecrest Golf Course. Rental motor carts, pull carts and clubs available. - Open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily, weather permitting. - Student and family rates available. - For information and tee times, call 606-889-1996.

Hiking
Acquaint yourself with the natural beauty of Jenny Wiley State Resort Park on the trails. The trails provide over ten miles of hiking for all ability levels, as well as a three-mile mountain bike loop. The Jenny Wiley Trail Heritage Byway embraces a 154-mile loop drive in eastern Kentucky. The park provides easy access to more than 60 miles of existing recreational facilities, such as hiking trails.

Nature Center
Located just at the bottom of the hill from the May Lodge, you will find the interpretive center with displays discussing natural, cultural, and historic facts of the area. Take a look into a Beech Forest where you can learn about some of the animals that call Jenny Wiley State Resort Park home. Plus, take a step back in time as you learn about our namesake, the courageous pioneer lady whose story still rings loudly through the mountains, or view a replica of an actual coal mine and learn of the many benefits that come from coal. Open Tuesday through Saturday 8am to 4pm.

Outdoor Theater
Jenny Wiley is a showplace for the performing arts! • Evening outdoor performance begins at 8:15 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm. • Luncheon Matinees begin at 1:00 pm, doors open at 11:30 am and lunch buffet is served at noon. • Dinner theatre performances begin at 8:15 pm, doors open at 7:00 pm, and dinner is served at 7:15 pm. All performances, times and prices are subject to change without notice. For latest Information and reservations: Jenny Wiley Theatre (606) 886-9274 Toll-Free: 877-CALL-JWT (877-225-5598) www.jwtheatre.com

Picnicking
Picnic tables, grills, and playgrounds are located throughout the park for the perfect family outing. Picnic shelters are located at the campground.

Playgrounds
Picnic tables, grills, and playgrounds are located throughout the park for the perfect family outing. Picnic shelters are located at the campground.

Swimming
The lodge pool is for the exclusive use of overnight guests. Open Memorial Day through mid-August.

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