Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 1, 2013

Luring tourists

State begins efforts to attract 'off-season' visitors

The Independent

ASHLAND — As soon as this Labor Day weekend ends, so concludes what has traditionally been known as the summer vacation season. State parks throughout Kentucky know that the number of visitors declines between Labor Day in early September and Memorial Day in late May, and many parks have special promotions to keep people visiting during the “off season.”    

In fact, one such promotion now just beginning, and unlike most other park promotions, it is available throughout the state,

It may be September, but the weather is still great and autumn is perhaps the most beautiful season in the state. The pools may be closed, but with cooler temperatures, it is a great time to hike, bike or go horseback riding on state park trails. And the golfing at places like Grayson Lake, Carter Caves and Yatesville Lake is excellent. In short, there still are many great reasons to spend time at a state park.

 From Sunday through Thursday nights between now Setp. 3 and Sept. 29, campers can spend two nights at a campground for the price of one at all 31 campgrounds in state parks.

While reservations often are not necessary at campgrounds, the Parks Department recommends making them by calling the park ahead of time. We know from personal experience that there are few things more disappointing than to drive to a campground only to find it full.

While they may no longer may be the “nation’s finest” as Kentucky likes to boast about its state parks, they still are great places to spend a few days — even in the off-season.