Two state parks in eastern Kentucky will offer guests a unique wildlife viewing opportunity this fall and winter – elk viewing tours.
Visitors to Jenny Wiley and Buckhorn Lake State Resort Parks can choose a weekend and stay at a state park lodge or cottage to enjoy one of these unique tours.
Participants should bring their cameras – there should be great photography opportunities. 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.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg, KY
Fall 2015 dates:
- Sept. 19, 20, 26, 27;
- Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31;
- Nov. 7, 28;
- Dec. 5.
Winter 2016 dates:
- Jan. 16, 23, 24, 30, 31;
- Feb. 6, 13, 20, 7;
- March 5, 12.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is sponsoring elk tours at a cost of $30 per person or $15 per child 12 and under. This fee includes your transportation via van to the viewing sites and a continental breakfast. The park also offers packages for $160 for two people that include 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 (3:30 p.m.) are offered on most dates.
Viewings are also taking place at Buckhorn!
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn, KY
Fall 2015 dates: Sept. 26, 27; Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25; Nov. 7, 8.
Winter 2016 dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26.
For more information or to make reservations call 1-800-325-0142 or visit parks.ky.gov