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Buckhorn - Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park

4441 Ky Highway 1833

Located in the northern portion of the Daniel Boone National Forest in the foothills of the Cumberland Plateau, Buckhorn Lake State Park has 856 acres of lush Kentucky mountain land. The name for the park and nearby town came from the discovery of a buck’s horn at a nearby saltlick. Another story recounts how Jerry Smith, the first white settler in the area killed a four snag buck, thus giving the name to the community. The surrounding forest is filled with wildlife and Buckhorn Lake has excellent fishing. Bluegill, large and smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie, and muskie abound in the lake’s waters.

By August 1964 Buckhorn Lake had a 24-room lodge, a beach, bathhouse, picnic facilities, and camping sites. On May 22, 1967 the Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration approved a project to further develop the park. New lodge rooms, resort pool, boat slips, horseback riding trails, fishing pier, and miniature golf course were added to the park.


Rebecca Castle

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
It was very peaceful. The staff was helpful. The buffet had cold food and the made to order food was hot but overpriced.

Nicholas Kemper

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
This place sucks. Global warming has really taken its affect on the lake, there is no lake. The park rangers hassled us and gave us unwarranted tickets and acted in an unprofessional like manor. Breakfast Buffet???? More like cereal and 2 day old cold hard boiled egg salmonella layout. Don't give your money to these people, you'd have a much better time at an actual lake and real state park.

RoRo Norris

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
Very nice accommodations nothing fancy but clean and very scenic.

Anuja Kothare

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
Good rooms with beautiful lake facing. Nice and friendly staff.

Eric Thomas

Sunday, May 14, 2017
We went to spend an evening at the park. It's too​ early in the year to have the restaurant fully functional, and we knew that going in. The staff was helpful when we mentioned the guitar player as a neighbor. They took care of the problem. As with most State parks, this one is dated... But the room was clean with everything in it the was supposed to be be there. A continental breakfast was a surprise, but, we got up early and headed out before it was available. We have been to many Kentucky State Parks and the experience at Buckhorn is right up there with the others. I hope we can stop by when we have more time to explore the park.

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