FRANKFORT – Two state parks in Eastern Kentucky will offer guests a unique wildlife viewing opportunity this fall and winter – elk viewing tours.
Visitors to Jenny Wiley and Buckhorn Lake State Resort Parks can choose a weekend and stay at a state park lodge or cottage to enjoy one of these unique tours.
Participants should bring their cameras – there should be great photography opportunities. The largest elk herds are located on privately owned lands that are normally closed to the public. This is one of the few opportunities available for the public to see the greatest number of elk.
The return of elk to the region is considered to be one of Kentucky’s biggest wildlife management success stories. The animals, after being gone from the state for 150 years, were returned in 1997. They now number around 10,000.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park will offer fall dates on Sept. 19, 20, 26, 27; Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31; Nov. 7, 28 and Dec. 5. Winter dates at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park are set for Jan. 16, 23, 24, 30, 31; Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 5 and 12.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is sponsoring elk tours at a cost of $30 per person or $15 per child 12 and under. This fee includes your transportation via van to the viewing sites and a continental breakfast. The park also offers packages for $160 for two people that include lodging and breakfast. Because these tours fill up quickly, registration is suggested. Special group and business tours are also available. Early morning (5:30 a.m.) and evening tours (3:30 p.m.) are offered on most dates.
Call 1-800-325-0142 for information and reservations.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park will offer fall dates on Sept. 26 and 27; Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25 and Nov. 7 and 8. Winter dates at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park will be offered March 5, 12, 19 and 26.
For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov