Two state parks in eastern Kentucky will offer guests unique elk viewing tours this fall and winter.
Participants are encouraged to bring cameras. 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.
Visitors to Jenny Wiley and Buckhorn Lake State Resort Parks can stay at a state park lodge or cottage to enjoy one of these unique tours.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Fall 2016 dates: Sept. 17, 18, 24, 25; Oct. 15, 16, 29; Nov. 5, 26; Dec. 3.
Winter 2017 dates: Jan. 21; Feb. 4, 18, 25; March 4, 11.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
Fall 2016 dates: Sept. 10, 17 Oct. 29; Nov. 5, 19
Winter 2017 dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is sponsoring Elk Viewing Tours at a cost of $30 per adult and $15 per child ages 12 and under. The fee includes transportation to the viewing sites and a continental breakfast. The park also offers packages for $160 for two people and includes 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 (4 p.m.) are offered on most dates.
For more information call 1-800-325-0142