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Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
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75 Theatre Court
Prestonsburg, Kentucky   41653-9799

Phone: 606-889-1790
Toll Free: 800-325-0142
Reservations: 606-889-1790
This mountain resort is named for the legendary pioneer woman, Jenny Wiley. Taken captive by Indians in 1789, Wiley endured the slaying of her brother and children and escaped after 11 months of captivity. Imagine our heroine eluding her captors as you hike the trails that weave through the wilderness.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is sure to offer something for everyone. With both 1,100-acre Dewey Lake and an Olympic-size swimming pool, the park is a water lover's paradise. If swimming, fishing or boating isn't your style, consider taking in a Broadway-style show at the popular Jenny Wiley Theatre.
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingFull Hookup Sitesyes
For private accommodations, enjoy a one or two-bedroom cottage. Tableware, cooking utensils, and linens are provided, with fresh linens available daily.

Cottages are available by late afternoon. Check-out by 11:00 AM.
Enjoy the great outdoors in the 117-site campground. Utility hookups, two central service buildings with showers and rest rooms, a grocery store, and a dump station are available for your convenience.

Open April 1-October 31. Pets are allowed if restrained.
Experience the secluded beauty of the 49-room May Lodge, surrounded by towering pines and peaceful mountains.

Rooms are available by late afternoon. Check-out by noon, Eastern time.
Meeting Rooms
The lodge contains two meeting rooms that each accommodate 125 guests. Audio-visual equipment is available. These meeting rooms are in addition to the meeting space in the Conference Center, described below.Wilkinson/Stumbo Conference CenterThis modern meeting facility is adjacent to the amphitheatre. The center may be divided into three separate meeting/banquet rooms to accommodate a total of 500-800 people, theater or banquet-style.

For information on booking an event, phone Mary at 800-325-0142.
1. Jenny Wiley State Resort Park offers a large outdoor swimming pool for guests.
2. The park's pool is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
3. Lifeguards are on duty during the operating hours of the swimming area.
4. Poolside lounge chairs and umbrellas provide comfort and shade to swimmers or sunbathers.
5. Dewey Lake, within the park boundaries, allows non-motorized water activities including swimming at your own risk.

The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. There is an 1,100-acre lake where guests can rent pontoon boats and fishing boats from the marina during warm weather months. The marina also provides boat slips for those bringing their own watercrafts. Canoeing and kayaking are other popular activities on the lake with rentals available as well.
You can enjoy fishing in the 1,100-acre Dewey Lake. Species include largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill. Boat rentals are available.

In addition to lake fishing, there's also stream fishing for rainbow trout within park boundaries.

Fishing licenses are required; they're sold at local stores or online through Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources website.

The marina offers bait sales as well as boat launching facilities for a convenient angling experience.

For overnight stays while on your trip, consider renting one of the lakeside cottages which offer easy access to water activities including night-time catfish hunting sessions.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is located near Pikeville, Prestonsburg

1. Jenny Wiley State Resort Park offers numerous picnic tables and grills in scenic locations.
2. There are three sheltered pavilions available for larger gatherings or events.
3. Picnic areas offer stunning views of Dewey Lake, perfect for a relaxing meal outdoors.
4. You can rent paddle boats near the picnicking area to enjoy on the lake after your meal.
5. The park's playground is conveniently located close to many picnic spots, ideal for families with children.

Acquaint yourself with the natural beauty of Jenny Wiley State Resort on the hiking trails. The trails provide over ten miles of hiking for all ability levels.The Jenny Wiley Trail Heritage Byway embraces a 154-mile loop drive in Eastern Kentucky. The route provides easy access to more than 60 miles of existing recreational facilities, such as hiking trails.
Visitors can explore the park's terrain on two wheels, but should be aware of potential challenges.

The 9-mile Dawkins Line Rail Trail offers a scenic ride for cyclists.

Mountain bikers may enjoy tackling Sugar Camp Mountain's challenging trails spanning over 20 miles.

Bike rentals are not available within the resort; visitors must bring their own equipment or rent from nearby vendors.

Cyclists need to follow all safety rules and respect trail signs due to varying difficulty levels across different paths.

Helmets are strongly recommended as some areas have steep inclines and rough surfaces that could pose risks.

Remember: always stay hydrated during your bike rides especially in hot weather conditions.
The biggest attraction at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is the Spring Warblers and migration. You will be able to add numerous warblers to your list along with many sightings of American Redstarts. One of the most overlooked areas for birdwatching is the asphalt road leading from the May Lodge to the two-bedroom cottages. You will find many species of birds year round in this area. Another area, especially for eastern bluebirds, would be the Jenny Wiley Executive Golf Course.
Area Attractions
Performing Arts

Jenny Wiley is a showplace for the performing arts! The Jenny Wiley Theatre presents summer musicals in the parks amphitheatre. In 2004, "Wizard of Oz", "Big River", & "Driving Miss Daisy" were presented.

The season runs June 6 through August 21.Tickets are around $15 adult; $13 senior; and $8 student.Performances begin at 8:15 pm.All performances, times and prices are subject to change without notice.For latest Information and reservations:Jenny Wiley Theatre (606)886-9274or toll-free: 877/ CALL-JWT (877-225-5598) www.jwtheatre.comThe Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg is the home of & Kentucky Opry & and year-round performing arts. Information and reservations: (606)886-2623 or1-888-MAC-ARTS (1-888-622-2787).

Gift Shop

Browse the lodge gift shop, offering a large selection of Kentucky handcrafts and souvenirs.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 8 was great we are fromind loved it by mirite cripe
park review stars; one to five
October 24 Good time
park review stars; one to five We camped at the main campground and had a blast. Staff were nice and easy to talk to. Showerhouses were clean. We enjoyed fishing, and overall were quite pleased with our visit.
December 9 Weekend getaway by Allen and LIsa
park review stars; one to five We made reservations for a lodge room but was upgraded to a cabin. It was clean just outdated. We enjoyed our stay it was very quiet and peaceful. I missed the internet in the cabin but it was worth the time alone with my husband.
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Jenny Wiley is located in Prestonsburg, off US 23/460 on KY 3. From I-64 West take the Mountain Parkway exit. From I-64 East take the US 23 South Exit. From I-75 north, take the Daniel Boone Parkway exit. From I-75 south, take the I-64 East exit. Here is an area map.

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