Beginning Nov. 14, 2010, all 17 resorts will be open to the public beginning at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays for lodging as well as dinner Wednesday evenings, then remain open until 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoons during the winter. They will return to normal schedules on March 15, 2011 to accommodate the increase in spring visitors.
During the winter period, the lodge rooms and restaurants will be closed Sunday evening through Wednesday afternoons unless group meetings are booked. Cottages will continue to be rented any day of the week to accommodate travelers and the park grounds will remain open. All lodges and restaurants will continue to accept future reservations and accommodate meeting and group business.
These steps are being taken as part of a cost savings measure due to the budget constraints resulting from the national recession. The period between Sunday and Wednesday was chosen because those days have the lowest occupancy at the resorts during the winter.
Recreation parks and historic sites will also be adopting winter hours as in previous years. Guests should check in advance before traveling.
During the winter months, there are still many special park events planned around the holidays, New Year’s Eve parties, wildlife viewing, entertainment and more. For more information about parks, hours of operation, special events and reservations, visit www.parks.ky.gov