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Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site

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Address: Barbourville, KY
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Home of the first white explorer to travel through the Cumberland Gap.

Home of the first white explorer to travel through the Cumberland Gap.

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A quiet spot to go.

This is a local state park with plenty of picnic areas. A lot of playground equipment for the younger ones. Shaded and sunny seating for a picnic lunch or grilling out. Wonderful... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2016
Penny N
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Barbourville, Kentucky
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Barbourville, Kentucky
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47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

This is a local state park with plenty of picnic areas. A lot of playground equipment for the younger ones. Shaded and sunny seating for a picnic lunch or grilling out. Wonderful for family reunions with a basket ball court, gift shop, and Miniature Golf. Live this little hideaway!

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Thank Penny N
Kentucky
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2015

I visited this park today and couldn't believe my eyes. The park has everything replaced, almost everything anyway. They had new playground timbers enclosing all swing sets, playground equipment, and horseshoe pits. They have two new concrete basketball courts under the hill with a size of 20'x20' each. They have new break-away basketball goals on the full court on top... More 

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Thank KentuckyMulligan
Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2015

This was a gem of history tucked in a beautiful setting. The park was one of the best maintained that I have ever encountered. The park employees are friendly and very proud of their park - and it shows. If you have time and can get there it is a very relaxing place. I would highly recommend that you make... More 

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Thank Scot S
Kentucky, USA
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2013 via mobile

This is a nice place to stop and picnic. It is well-kept and worth the time to stop. Stopped here on Labor Day and there was NO crowd. Good place to relax and enjoy the beautiful bliss of nature

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1 Thank OTravelingTraveler
Kentucky
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2012

This was by far the cleanest, nicest state park that Ihave ever visited. The grounds were manicured like a golf course and the staff was accomodating and very friendly. The park manager introduced himself to us and he was so knowledgeable and extremely friendly. This is a great place to take the family for the day and just chill, grill... More 

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4 Thank KentuckyMulligan
Barbourville, Kentucky
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2012

I love the putt putt, the baseball field Basketball goals. It brings out the kid in me.

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3 Thank debbie_kj
London, Kentucky
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2011

My family and I visited Dr. Thomas Walker State Park a couple of weeks ago and we had an awesome experience that will never be forgotten. This park was so well maintained, by far better than any other park we have visited. I personally met the park manager, Andy Teasley, and I told him that this park was beautiful. He... More 

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4 Thank smitty_1971404
Knoxville, Tennessee
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139 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 466 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2007

If you are looking for a sound day use facility (picnic, recreational fields, etc.) in a historically significant area, you can go to a number of places. You and I both know it’s not the location/amenities of a family/friends gathering that make it special, it’s the time you spend with those folks earning bragging rights at the horse shoe pit... More 

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4 Thank jake_brake2007
Kentucky
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2005

I have been to Walker Park more times then I can count and I must say that each time I go I am disappointed more and more. At one time this park was in wonderful shape. There use to be lots of playground equipment for kids to play on. Now they have only one or two pieces of equipment that... More 

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2 Thank seashellgirl
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Reviewed 29 September 2004

I have lived in Barbourville all of my life and one of our favorite places to go is Walker Park. There are plenty of shelters for group picnics, as well as lots of other tables and areas for quiet little picnics. They have a small store, a large play area, putt putt, horse shoe pits, basketball goals, and plenty of... More 

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