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General Burnside State Park, Burnside

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#42 of 60 in Nature in Kentucky
Island · Hidden Gem · State Park
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General Burnside Island State Park is a park located just south of Somerset, Kentucky in Pulaski County. The park encompasses in the middle of Lake Cumberland, making it Kentucky's only island park. The park is named for General Ambrose E. Burnside, a Union general during the Civil War who stationed his troops at the location that the park now occupies.Activities and amenitiesReferred to locally as Burnside Island, the state park offers camping, golf, and lake access via boat ramp on the south end of the island. The golf course was voted first place as the Commonwealth Journal Readers Choice Award for "Best Places to Play Golf" in 2009. The following year, it placed second.Although elected officials have spoken of upgrades to the park, including the construction of a state lodge and improvements to the golf course, a spokesperson in 2010 said the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet has no plans for a lodge "right now."
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  • Avoid Christmas Island!! This is a complete ripoff. $25 to drive around less than 10 minutes and look at less lights than you can find in a local neighborhood. Then, you can visit Santa at the end... 
    Avoid Christmas Island!! This is a complete ripoff. $25 to drive around less than 10 minutes and look at less lights than you can find in a local neighborhood. Then, you can visit Santa at the end...  more »
  • Everyone was so excited to see the Christmas Island light display but were shocked to pay $25 per car. No issues but the entire display took less than 10 minutes to drive thru and the North Pole... 
    Everyone was so excited to see the Christmas Island light display but were shocked to pay $25 per car. No issues but the entire display took less than 10 minutes to drive thru and the North Pole...  more »
  • They are working on improvements at this park. Need to level the pads. Spots are closer to each other then we like at a state park. Staff gets a 10- very helpful, friendly. Great area to stay for.....  more
    They are working on improvements at this park. Need to level the pads. Spots are closer to each other then we like at a state park. Staff gets a 10- very helpful, friendly. Great area to stay for.....  more »
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  • This was a great camp ground for us to stay at all weekend! It was close to a boat ramp which was an important for us. Plenty of room at our site and a clean bath house close by. They had daily activities that we didn't attend unfortunately but would like to make time for those in the future. I don't know the story on the pools but I would like to see those upgraded and used.
  • Wonderful place! Quiet, clean, scenic and miles of walking trails and boardwalks throughout. Great for photography and nature watching. Friendly, knowledgeable staff and reasonably priced camp spots and cabins. Highly recommend a visit but book early!
  • Nice campground, but some of their sites have all the living space and utilities on the wrong sides of your RV. I've never seen a campground with this issue before. Some of these sites will have you falling down the hill right out of your camper door. Fortunately they had one site they could switch me to. Ask for verification of these items if you are reserving a lot here. You may end up 5 hours from home with not a lot of options like I did.
  • A wide scenic trail. Hike, walk, mountain bike or even a beach cruiser is appropriate for this trail. Very scenic and relaxing. If you're a hard core mountain biker this isn't for you. However, I found it relaxing and I got my pedaling (exercise) in for the day by doing several laps.
  • Great place to camp and go boating! Friendly staff and the campground was rather peaceful after dark. Bathrooms were clean...no complaints here....will definitely go back again

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