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General Burnside State Park, Burnside

#40 of 60 in Nature in Kentucky
Island · State Park
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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  • We were staying in Somerset and the course looked great. Very manicured and was kept up very nicely. Lots of sand traps and ruff areas and par 5s. Not an easy course. Beautiful and enjoyable to play.....  more »
  • This was a great camp ground for us to stay at all weekend! It was close to a boat ramp which was an important for us. Plenty of room at our site and a clean bath house close by. They had daily activities that we didn't attend unfortunately but would like to make time for those in the future. I don't know the story on the pools but I would like to see those upgraded and used.
  • Wonderful place! Quiet, clean, scenic and miles of walking trails and boardwalks throughout. Great for photography and nature watching. Friendly, knowledgeable staff and reasonably priced camp spots and cabins. Highly recommend a visit but book early!

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