Kentucky - 2021
We left home on Friday, June 4, 2021 and headed for Natural Bridge Resort State Park in Eastern Kentucky, Southeast of Lexington.
Natural Bridge from the top
Nada Tunnel - Red River Gorge Geological Area
Jenny Wiley Resort State Park
The old expression "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" applies to our 3 days at Jenny Wiley Resort State Park. In all our years of camping we have never run into what we did at Jenny Wiley. It rained and rained and rained, 4"-6"+/-. The dump station overflowed and it was closed the entire time we were there, with no evidence of getting the situation fixed. Our fire ring was full of melted plastic, as were most of the other sites we peeked at. Trash all over. The women's restroom had a broken toilet, another overflowing, and the only working one covered with poop and cigarette ashes all over the toilet and floor. 4-30' trailers parked in a circle around one campsite, 3 parked on the grass. One decided to leave and buried his truck in the mud, destroying the campsite with deep ruts. Old pop-up campers and a pontoon boat stored at the entrance of the loop. Upon arrival I asked for maps of the campground and a map of the trails. They said they didn't have any and didn't know when they would be re-supplied. We ended up walking in the campground to get our steps in. Not what you would expect from a state park.
Perryville National Battlefield
Perryville was the "High Water Mark" for the Confederates in the Western Theater. Never again were the Confederates closer to winning the war. The battle kept Kentucky in Union hands for the remainder of the conflict, which helped contribute to Northern victory. Over 7,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing/captured
Confederate Monument & Cemetery
Thomas Lincoln's (Father of Abraham Lincoln) boyhood home
Lincoln Homestead State Park
Berry House - Home of Nancy Hanks, mother of Abraham Lincoln
Federal Hill Mansion - My Old Kentucky Home State Park
My Old Kentucky Home
Stephen Foster Statue
Sinking Spring Farm
The Memorial at Sinking Spring was built seven (7) years before the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
Replica of the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln
Natural Bridge Resort State Park and My Old Kentucky Home State Park were a couple of the best state parks we have camped at outside Indiana. As is the case on all of our trips, we like to visit as many historical sites as we can. On this trip we visited the childhood homes of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, and the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. We also visited two (2) Civil War Battlefields, Middle Creek National Battlefield and Perryville National Battlefield. We had hoped to stop at the childhood home of Abraham Lincoln, at Knob Creek, just East of his birth place, but unfortunately the gates were locked and there was no place to pull over.
We had planned a final night at a Harvest Host site, but our grandson had a 4:30pm soccer tournament match south of Indianapolis, and on our way home. Mack's team won all four (4) matches and he scored a goal in each match and 2 in the match we watched for 5 goals. He is growing up quickly.