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The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks

by Susan Reigler photographs by Pam Spaulding

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272 pages  Pubdate: 05/25/2009  7 x 9 x .6875  170

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Kentucky is known for its natural beauty and variety of environments, which are preserved and displayed in its state parks. Nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and history buffs have enjoyed the range and flavor of the commonwealth’s natural splendor through its state parks for decades. Kentucky’s system of fifty-two state parks is ranked among “the nation’s finest” and attracts visitors from every part of the country, experiencing more repeat business annually than parks of any other state.The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks looks at the variety of outdoor activities the commonwealth has to offer, directing readers to any desired vacation destination, from resorts and historic parks to winding mountain trails and sprawling forests. Readers can learn where to explore the longest cave system in world, see one of only two moonbows in the world, and witness history recreated at Kentucky’s earliest settlement. The guide also includes valuable suggestions for activities and attractions located in the areas surrounding the state parks.Blending vibrant firsthand reporting with captivating history and breathtaking photos of every state park in the commonwealth, The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks is a must-have introduction and travel-planning guide to the state’s nationally renowned parks system.

Susan Reigler is a former restaurant critic at the Louisville Courier-Journal and is the author of Compass American Guides: Kentucky as well as Adventures in Dining: Kentucky Bourbon Country. Pam Spaulding is a veteran photographer and photojournalist based in Louisville.

"Susan Reigler's words and Pam Spaulding's photographs should immediately whet the appetite of Kentuckians to drop everything and descend upon their state parks with great enthusiasm, as there is much more to offer than was previously known or considered."--James Archambeault, author of Kentucky Horse Country: Images of the Bluegrass

“These are the Kentucky state parks and historical locations I recognize. All of them, except nine, Nina and I have visited. In fact, we had our delayed honeymoon in a cabin at Natural Bridge State Park—in a snowstorm—in 1959! Luxuriate in these pictures and narratives—but, by all means, visit them yourselves. Then, write your own stories.”—Nick and Nina Clooney

"Reigler’s descriptions of each park’s highlights are as enticing as Spaulding’s photographs…An invaluable guide to what Kentucky offers in its vast backyard, The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks will prove to be a useful resource well into the future." --Business Lexington

"A one-stop resource of all that is Kentucky in its landmarks, landscapes and historical sites, the book proves that one does not have to travel too far to relax, recharge and enjoy –all while being cost-conscious." --Chevy Chaser

"Packed with more than 150 evocative color photos….this paperback is a must for anyone who wants to take advantage of the commonwealth’s bounty." --The Voice-Tribune

"Reigler’s knowledge and practical advice, coupled with Spaulding’s beautiful photography, makes for an informative and beautiful travelogue on Kentucky State Parks." --Lexington Herald-Leader

"The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks will take you on an enjoyable journey across the state and leave you anxiously awaiting your next trip to one of the many parks of the Bluegrass." --Paintsville Herald

"What makes the work a real gem are the beautiful photographs- there is at least one on every two-page spread- and Susan Reigler’s lovely and very personal prose." --Kentucky Kaleidoscope