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General Burnside State Park, Burnside

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#42 of 61 in Nature in Kentucky
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General Burnside Island State Park is a park located just south of Somerset, Kentucky in Pulaski County. The park encompasses in the middle of Lake Cumberland, making it Kentucky's only island park. The park is named for General Ambrose E. Burnside, a Union general during the Civil War who stationed his troops at the location that the park now occupies.Activities and amenitiesReferred to locally as Burnside Island, the state park offers camping, golf, and lake access via boat ramp on the south end of the island. The golf course was voted first place as the Commonwealth Journal Readers Choice Award for "Best Places to Play Golf" in 2009. The following year, it placed second.Although elected officials have spoken of upgrades to the park, including the construction of a state lodge and improvements to the golf course, a spokesperson in 2010 said the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet has no plans for a lodge "right now."
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  • This is our go-to park. We know which sites to reserve (the ones with full hook-ups). They are in the process of putting in more sewer connections. I don’t think the sites are crowded at all! The....  more
    This is our go-to park. We know which sites to reserve (the ones with full hook-ups). They are in the process of putting in more sewer connections. I don’t think the sites are crowded at all! The....  more »
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  • This small island surrounded by lake Cumberland is beautiful and rich with history of this area long ago. Great place to drive around and enjoy the huge old trees. There's lots of great picnic areas to enjoy, some of them are just a short walk from the car to beautiful secluded picnic tables available to enjoy a meal or Great scenery. Theres also a camp ground on the island for all types of camping with info and staff available to help you. The golf course on the island offers a amazing course with unbelievable views of Lake Cumberland. They also have a great boat launching area with easy access and great parking for your car and boat trailers. Great place for a peaceful drive and also some great places to explore in the woods.
  • Great place for a quick no thrills camping getaway. Be careful which plot you chose for camping, some are so small you can't even put up a tent or it is straight down a hill.

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