LEVI JACKSON WILDERNESS ROAD STATE PARK
Hike in the footsteps of pioneers on two historic trails, the Wilderness Road and Boone?s Trace. These thoroughfares carried more than 200,000 settlers from the eastern colonies into the western frontier between 1774 and 1796. But danger lurked along the way; McNitt?s Defeat, Kentucky?s worst Indian massacre, occurred here in 1786.
The park encompasses over 800 acres and includes the Defeated Camp Pioneer Burial Ground, McHargue's Mill and the Mountain Life Museum, which brings visitors into a pioneer settlement.
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While discovering Kentucky?s pioneer heritage at Levi Jackson State Park, visitors can relax in a 146-site campground, nestled in open woodland. Utility hookups, a grocery store, a dump station, and three central service buildings containing an activities room, showers, rest rooms, and laundry facilities assure camping convenience.
The campground is open year-round. There are no advance reservations. Guests must check out by 1:00 PM, Eastern time. Pets are allowed if they are restrained.
Levi Jackson is a great place for a fun-filled group camping trip. The group camping area has an activities building, and may be reserved up to one year in advance.
The group camping ground is open year-round. There is a minimum charge for up to 20 people. Extra fee per person over 20 people. A separate fee is charged for rental of clubhouse; varies with time of day and time of week. Clubhouse rental must be included with the rental of group cabins.
Cool off on a hot summer day in the community swimming pool. A new pool containing water slides is open.
Open daily Memorial Day - middle of August. Open weekends only fom mid-August through Labor Day. Open on Labor Day. Lifeguard-protected. Hours are 12 noon to 7:30 PM. $5 adult under 62 and child 13 and over, $4 adult 62 and older and child 3-12, Free for child 2 and under.
Enjoy fishing in the park's McNitt Pond, home to species like largemouth bass and bluegill. The Little Laurel River offers trout fishing opportunities. Fishing gear is available for rent on-site.
Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park is located near Barbourville, Corbin and London
1. Levi Jackson Park offers numerous picnic tables and grills scattered throughout the park.
2. There are two large, reservable picnic shelters for group outings.
3. Picnic areas near playgrounds provide family-friendly options.
4. Some sites offer a scenic view of McHargue's Mill or Little Laurel River.
5. Visitors can enjoy picnicking while exploring hiking trails and historic landmarks in the park.
Between 1774 and 1796, more than 200,000 pioneers traveled over the Wilderness Road and Boone?s Trace during the settlement of Kentucky. Today, visitors to the park can retrace the footsteps of the early pioneers on eight-and-one-half miles of hiking trails that include original portions of these historic throughways.
Biking enthusiasts can explore over 8.5 miles of multi-use trails, suitable for all skill levels. Be cautious on uneven terrain.
The park's trail system offers a mix of flat and hilly paths that wind through dense forests - safety first!
Mountain biking is allowed but be aware; some areas are steep and challenging even for experienced riders.
Remember to wear helmets while cycling as the wooded landscape may contain hidden obstacles or sudden drops in elevation.
While enjoying your ride, keep an eye out for pedestrians sharing the path - courtesy goes both ways!
Please note: Bicycles must stick to designated bike routes only due to preservation efforts within this natural area.
For those without bikes, rentals aren't available at present so remember to bring your own equipment along with you.
The park offers birdwatchers a variety of species, including warblers and woodpeckers. Birding trails are also available.
Historic Buildings & Museum:
During the night of October 3, 1786, the McNitt Party became the victims of a bloody Indian massacre in which at least 24 people were killed. This was the worst pioneer massacre in Kentucky?s history. A memorial to the McNitt Party was established at Levi Jackson Park.
The Mountain Life Museum brings visitors into a pioneer settlement. Buildings in the settlement were moved from other sites or built as replicas on the park. All buildings are filled with pioneer relics including tools, products of agriculture and household implements.
Open April 1 through October 31, charge for museum, buildings are free.
McHargue?s Mill was built on the banks of the Little Laurel River where it intersects Boone?s Trace. This working reproduction mill dates to the same era as the original McHargue family mills and has authentic interior works, including millstones. It is surrounded by the largest display of millstones in the country. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is free. Cornmeal can be purchased for $2.50 per two-pound bag.
Amphitheater: The Russell Dyche Amphitheater seats 1,500 people and is host to many community events, including the week-long Laurel County Homecoming in August.
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