Mailing Address

Kentucky Department of Parks

500 Mero Street-5th Floor

Frankfort, KY 40601

Drone & Commercial Photography Forms

Below are permit applications for using a drone at a Kentucky State Park and for commercial photography. Completed forms should go to the park manager. (Please note: Some Kentucky State Parks are on property controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Drone applications must be accompanied by a copy of the user license. At this time, the corps also must approve drone use and that process is separate from the state park permit process. Please plan in advance.) 

Drone applications must be accompanied by a copy of the user license and proof of insurance. Without these 2 documents the application cannot be processed.

Open Records Requests

To receive records maintained by and in the custody of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet (TAHC), Department of Parks, please submit your request in writing, identifying the specific records sought. Please be sure to provide your name, address, and daytime telephone number in the event we need to contact you. All requests for records must be signed by the requestor.


You may send your request by mail, fax or email to:

General Counsel
Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet
Office of Legal Affairs
500 Mero Street, Fifth Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 
Phone: (502) 564-4270 
Fax: (502) 564-1079 
Email: [email protected]

TAHC has five (5) business days from the date of receipt to respond to an open records request. If the documents requested are not available for release within five (5) days, a response will be provided informing the requestor of the approximate date on which the requested documents will be available for inspection.

Latest News

Gov. Beshear: Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park To Offer Showers and Water for Clinton County Residents

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park will offer assistance to residents of Clinton County affected by the water shortage from Jan. 23 - 27


Carter Caves State Resort Park to Host Winter Adventure Weekend on Jan. 25-28

Kentucky State Parks’ 100-year celebrations are underway, and Carter Caves State Park will host a Winter Adventure Weekend on Jan. 25-28


Kentucky State Parks Receives Star of the Industry Award from Kentucky Travel Industry Association

The award recognizes travel professionals who have demonstrated exceptional frontline service


Salt Festival Set for October 20-22 at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Visitors can experience a glimpse into the past at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Boone County


Old Fort Harrod State Park To Host Sleepy Hollow Experience Sept. 28 – Oct. 31

Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m.


Four Kentucky State Parks Recognized as ‘Best in Kentucky’ by Kentucky Living M…

Four Kentucky State Parks were recognized as part of this year’s Kentucky Living 2023 Best in Kentucky


Carter Caves State Resort Park To Host Adventure Experience Sept. 23

Carter Caves State Resort Park will host an Adventure Experience on Saturday, Sept. 23.


Fraley Music Festival Returns to Carter Caves State Resort Park Sept. 6-9

The Fraley Festival of Traditional Music is set to take place September 6-9 at Carter Caves State Resort Park


Waveland Art Fair Returns to Waveland State Historic Site Sept. 9-10

Food trucks, local arts and crafts vendors and talented Kentucky artists will return to the Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington


Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site To Host Chickasaw Nation Dancers August 25…

The Chickasaw Nation Dancers will present their traditional dances and songs at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site


Carter Caves State Resort Park To Host Crawlathon August 12

Carter Caves State Resort Park will host its annual Crawlathon event on Saturday, August 12.


My Old Kentucky Home State Park To Accept Portrait of Historic Resident Judge J…

Home Coming celebrates 100-year anniversary of the park


Cumberland Falls State Resort Park to Host American Indian Heritage Weekend Apr…


The event will explore the history, culture and ancient wisdom of the Indigenous people of the Cumberland Plateau


The event will take place 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at My Old Kentucky Home State Park


Funding will repair properties, boost tourism industry and economy


Orienteering is a navigation sport where competitors use a map and compass to find checkpoints on a course.


E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park will host a special insect presentation and identification workshop, “The World Under Your Feet,” on March 7.


Certification will increase activity in the Casey County community


Rough River Dam State Resort Park will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its lodge during the weekend of November 4-6


Certification will encourage visitation to the Cumberland County community


Certification will encourage visitation to the Cumberland County community


The Salt Festival is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.


Kentucky Battlefield to Host 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Perryville with a National Civil War Reenactment


Kentucky State Parks Recognized as ‘Best in Kentucky’ by Kentucky Living Magazine


Federal Funding will aid in rehabilitation efforts


Now Open for Submissions through October 31, 2022


Beach access will be limited to registered campground and lodging guests on weekends and holidays effective May 28, 2022


Sealed bids must be submitted by Feb. 14


Cherokee State Park served as only state park for African-Americans during Jim Crow Era


Kentucky State Parks Recognized as ‘Best in Kentucky’ by Kentucky Living Magazine


Big Twigs attraction expected to bring new guests to Muhlenberg County


Golf course renamed “The Cullan at Mineral Mound” to honor Brown’s legacy


New 16 court complex to bring guests and tourism dollars to Louisville


Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Beach Access to be Limited Due to Ongoing Safety Concerns


Employees share their favorite spots for the perfect Kentucky safe-cation


Park remains open to the public


Lincoln Homestead is one of 13 Kentucky State Park Golf Courses


Lower lake levels expected through summer/early fall


All Kentucky State Parks Remain Open to the Public


Special Camping Deals Available During April


Has worked at park since 2007


Bardstown native recently managed Taylorsville Lake State Park


Deadline for bids is Feb. 10


4-Week Series Features Kentucky Historical Figures


First Program is Jan. 25


Offered at Lake Barkley, Kenlake and Kentucky Dam Village state parks


No injuries reported


Located in Mayo-Underwood Building


Event in its 11th year


Has authored books on Civil War, active in history organizations


Learn about frontier customs and traditions


Part of effort to make repairs and safety upgrades at parks


Plans call for wastewater treatment, roof and safety upgrades


16 Resort Parks Serving 10,000 Guests


Passes for single courses offered for 2020


No Camping, Military Demonstrations or Food


37th Annual Event Scheduled for Oct. 18-20 in Boone County


Battle re-enactments, soldier camps, ghost walk and more planned


Learn about 18th century life at Fort Boonesborough


Arts, Music, Food, Kids Games and More


Learn about life in the 18th century


Part of Archaeology Month


My Old Kentucky Home Awarded First Place for Historic Site


Musical instruments tell stories about traditions in Eastern Kentucky


Recommended for guides, outdoor groups, emergency medical personnel


Parks veteran Jack Winburn is new manager


Sign Up For Free Prizes


Learn about life in late 18th and early 19th centuries


Free Event Starts at 5 p.m.


Chris Fugate, Chris Cary Named to Manager Positions


Authors To Discuss, Sign Books at Free Event


Kentucky State Parks Also Recognized for Preservation Support


Free with fort admission


Lodge pools, community pools and beaches available this summer


Races Also Planned at Yatesville Lake and Natural Bridge


First Weekend is May 18-19 at Barren River Lake


Starts May 25 at Northern Kentucky Park


Program Helps Send Students to Kentucky State Parks


Up to 10 percent discounts available at 17 resort parks


Free demonstrations and activities planned


Egg Hunts For Kids Planned


Vine Grove Native Has Pro Fishing Background


Available at Kentucky Dam Village, Lake Barkley and Kenlake


Six Dates Available


Has worked at Pine Mountain State Resort Park Since 2001


Ash Trees Infected by Emerald Ash Borer


Has Worked at Park Since 2011


Held under Land and Water Conservation Fund Act


Part of Land and Water Conservation Fund Act


Deadline for bids is Feb. 18


Park to open Moonbow Café across from Gift Shop until Riverview Restaurant reopens in Spring 2019


4-Week Series Features Kentucky Historical Figures


Festival features live demonstrations of pioneer life and frontier skills.


Weekend includes battle re-enactments, museum tours, soldier camps


School of the Soldier featured this year


Battle re-enactments both days


Part of Kentucky Archaeology Month


Announced at 2018 Kentucky State Fair


Food, local brews, talented artists return for fair


Background Includes Tennessee State Parks


Folk, old-time, western, western swing, early country, and others are played


Pennyrile Forest, Mineral Mound Courses To Close


Step Back in Time at Pioneer Encampment


50 percent off Sunday-Thursday


Good Weekdays Sunday-Thursday


Lake Being Drained Due to Leak


Lake Level Being Lowered


Officials Monitoring Lake


Visiting Several Parks In July


Events at White Hall and Waveland historic sites


On Saturdays During Summer


Quilt Event is June 8-10


June 23 event offers information about ancestors


June 9 event held at state parks across the state


Arts and Crafts Festival Set For May 26-27


The New Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail and nine regional signature meals


Buffet on May 13


Corbin Native Wes Lanham Named