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All reviewsbedroom cottagehiking trailsnatural bridgesky liftroom was cleanhalf milered river gorgelodge restaurantprivate deckgreat view from the roomsurrounding areathe cottagesgreat hikingkeep in mindcable tvget awaystayed two nights
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Reviewed 5 April 2016

Yes, it's not the newest hotel. But I've never been to a state park where anything is the most modern. That's sort of the point. Plus I doubt the trails could be free (or the hotel affordable) if they tried to go blow-for-blow with the cookie-cutter chains.

You can hike. Then check into your room. Then hike some more. Then eat in the restaurant, go to bed, and hike some more. Our family of 4 spend 24 hours here our 3-night swing through northern Kentucky and it was our favorite place. Not because it had the newest mattresses or the largest bathroom. Because it was clean, perfectly reasonable accommodations right in the middle of a beautiful state park.

Each room overlooks the valley and lake below. I doubt the view from one is any better than another. All have dedicated decks with a screen door. The walls are a little thin, so we know all about how the lady in 129 has a husband that doesn't listen and kids that won't settle down. Again, if you want a spa you should definitely get back in the family helicopter and head for Churchill Downs. But if you want to park the car, hike, eat, sleep in something other than a tent, and chill out with nature, this is your spot.

The outdoor pools (there appear to be 2, maybe one is a hot tub) were still closed in early April. They're very large and are a hike (stairs) down from the hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with family
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1  Thank Jeff P
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Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

People don't come here for the hotel but still, the State needs to do some renovations. Looks very 1970ish.

Good things:
VERY close to trails (as in trail entrance is literally in the back parking lot and within 50 yards of lodging)

Each room has a semi-private balcony

Not outrageously priced

Restaurant on grounds

Not so good things:
Everything is very dated

Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank TG-from-Florida
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Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

We have been to this park many times, and enjoy it every time. Hiking is really interesting. Short or long, easy or hard, you choose. All will be enjoyable. The Kentucky State park system is really excellent, and this park is one of the best, and the area is beautiful.

Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
Thank Cynthia L
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Reviewed 5 January 2016

Beautiful tent sites not far from nice facilities. I needed elect. since @ nite it was just below freezing, I had a small heater....perfect. Great during the day in a killer location, Natural Bridge, Red River Gorge & Cave Run Lake all in easy striking distance !! Miquel's Pizza just outside park, Winchester, Ky. a cool town up the Mountain Pky.

Stayed: November 2015
1  Thank BobBoilermaker
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Reviewed 2 January 2016

This place is run by the state of KY i guess. Before you fret...it is really nice. It is not the Ritz Carlton by any means, but it was genuinely nice. The rooms are nice and clean. The beds were comfortable. The rooms DID NOT have a fridge or microwave so plan accordingly. The dining area, was nice and clean, and the prices were very reasonable. The grounds was nicely decorated and the trails to the surrounding area were amazing. The Natural bridge trail is a good one to start at. Overall, was very impressed with this little gem. The only drawback, is you call it one, is that it is in a dry county so the restaurant offers no alcoholic beverages. The area has a skylift, golf, little oddities around, kayaking, and the pool is right on the Red River. Of course many of these close down in the winter, but it is something to think about. i will definitely make my way back.

Room Tip: request a room with a river view.
  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled with family
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1  Thank bearmde
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