J.R. Tolkien

"Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R. Tolkien

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Weekend Away - Lake Cumberland State Park

If you're looking for a nice weekend getaway for cheap, consider taking a short trip to Lake Cumberland State Park in Jamestown, KY.  It's a short and scenic 2 1/2 hour drive from Louisville.  

Sunrise from my bedroom patio
As college students, we love coming here for the summer, rent a camp site for cheap and spend a Saturday on the Lake.  As an adult, I've enjoyed staying at one of the cabins near Lure Lodge, waking up every morning to a spectacular view of the sunrise on the lake.  For around $70/night, a very nice room with 2 queen beds can easily sleep up to 4 people.  The rooms are clean and modern and all  have a view of the lake. The walls are thin and you can hear your neighbor easily but it didn't bother me too much.
View from the Lodge restaurant

Dinning option is limited as you're miles away from the nearest town.  The most convenient option is the Lodge restaurant.  Steps away from Lure Lodge, it offers decent meals for a reasonable price.  The best feature is the breath taking view of the take, so grab a table towards the back of the restaurant.

What to do:
  • Hike: Check short and long hikes. 
  • Horse Back Riding: They have guided trail guides leaving on the hour from Memorial to Labor Day
  • Boating & Swimming: If you got a big group, rent one of the pontoons for the day and take it out for a spin on the lake.  Pack food for a picnic right on the waters.  Most comes with a slide for a full day of swimming and innocent fun.