Jenny Wiley State Resort Park RV & Campground Guide

Kentucky

At Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, from Broadway shows in the amphitheater to hiking to boating or birding. The May Lodge offers lovely accommodations in a rustic setting, surrounded by tall pines and majestic mountains. The gift shop in the lobby has local offerings including Kentucky-made handicrafts, walking sticks, homemade jellies, and books by local authors. There’s also a restaurant within the park. The Music Highway Grill has everything from appetizers to desserts, and uses local meat and produce whenever possible. Finally, keep an eye out for birds, especially in spring. Jenny Wiley is known for the spring warblers and other birds who migrate through the park, although you can see a variety of birds all year-round in the park. 

The park gets about a week of rain each month out of the year. It can get cold in winter - down to 28F or so - but summers average around 85F. It can be humid, though!

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Weather
Spring 40 F – 70 F
Summer 64 F – 86 F
Fall 40 F – 80 F
Winter 28 F – 49 F
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Nearby Cities
Prestonsburg, KY
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

Jenny Wiley has 121 campsites, with utility hookups, showers, bathrooms, a grocery store, and a dump station. Pets are allowed. The campground is closed through the winter. If you choose to rent an RV, consider renting with RVshare. Every rental comes with nationwide insurance coverage, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a dedicated team that will work to make sure you have the perfect RV for your needs and your travel plans.   

There are other campgrounds nearby you can try as well:

Carr Creek Campground

Carr Creek Lake, once home to some of the earliest pioneer settlements in the region, has plenty of water activities, like boating, fishing, and swimming nearby.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wi-Fi: n/a
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: showers, laundry

German Bridge Campground

German Bridge Campground has beautiful scenery, fishing, activities...even facilities for horses. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: n/a
  • Wi-Fi: n/a
  • Pet friendly: n/a
  • Other amenities: fishing, shelter, planned activities, playground

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What to Do at
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

Inside Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

Jenny Wiley is home to elk, which were introduced to Kentucky as part of a wildlife re-introduction program. Before they were brought back, elk had been gone from the state for almost 150 years. Keep an eye out for them, and try some of these other park activities:

Biking: There are three mountain biking trails of varying levels of difficulty, from the Short Loop Trail at 0.8 miles to the Switchback at 1.9 miles. 

Birding: Spring Warblers are a big draw at Jenny Wiley, along with migratory birds that stop off on their travels. You may also see American Redstarts. You’re likely to find many species of birds all year-round at the park, and the Jenny Wiley Executive Golf Course is a great place to spot eastern bluebirds. 

Boating: There is a boat dock with launch ramps and pontoon boat rentals on Dewey Lake. 

Fishing: Dewey Lake has largemouth and hybrid striped bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie. Fish from shore or take a boat out for a day on the lake. If you didn’t bring fishing gear, as at the park about their loaner program that allows you to check out equipment for free. 

Hiking: There are over ten miles of hiking trails for all abilities at the park.

Nature Center: Just down the hill from the May Lodge, the interpretive center shares natural, cultural, and historic facts about the park and surrounding area. Get a closer look at a Beech Forest and learn about some of the animals that call the park home. Learn about the pioneer woman whose name graces the park, or visit a replica of a coal mine and learn about the mining history of the region. 

Outdoor Theater: Jenny Wiley hosts many outdoor performances at the amphitheater. Check their website for a schedule and information on tickets.

Outside Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

Kentucky’s coal mining history and scenic natural areas mean there are plenty of places to explore when you’re in the area. Then, drop by a local restaurant for a bite to eat after a busy day!

Restaurants

Pig in a Poke

A Father’s Day present (a smoker) turned into three restaurant locations featuring delicious barbeque and fall-off-the-bone smoked meat. Meats are smoked over hickory wood, and they shred their own cabbages for coleslaw and make their baked beans from scratch using four different types of beans.

Type: BBQ

Location: Prestonsburg, KY

The Brickhouse

This kid-friendly restaurant has a menu of small plates, a good wine collection, and healthy options. There is live music some nights, outdoor seating, and table service.

Type: Tapas

Location: Prestonsburg, KY

Giovanni’s Pizza of Prestonsburg

Giovanni’s Pizza of Prestonsburg has every type of pizza you can imagine. They also offer pastas, salads, sandwiches, and more. They’re located near the East Kentucky Science Center - the perfect place to pop by after a visit!

Type: Pizza

Location: Prestonsburg, KY

Shopping

Jenny Wiley State Park Gift Shop

There are books of all kinds at this gift shop - historical books, cookbooks, and novels by local Kentucky authors. You can also browse a selection of handicrafts like walking sticks, coal figurines, candles, homemade jams and jellies, and artwork.

Location: Prestonsburg, KY

Sightseeing

East Kentucky Science Center

The East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium are a hub of STEM education in eastern Kentucky. Visit the exhibit hall to see interactive exhibits, check out the planetarium, or get tickets to one of the popular laser light shows.

Location: Prestonsburg, KY

Middle Creek National Battlefield

The Battle of Middle Creek was fought here at the Fitzpatrick Farm. It was only a skirmish compared to other Civil War battles, but it had a significant impact on the outcome and ended Confererate supremacy in the region. It’s also known as the battle that launched the career of James Garfield, 20th President of the United States.

Location: Prestonsburg, KY

Loretta Lynn’s Homeplace

The Butcher Hollow home of the “Queen of Country Music” Loretta Lynn, is in Van Lear, KY. She and her sister, singer Crystal Gayle, brought respect to coal mining and to the mountain town of Van Lear and eastern Kentucky in general.

Location: Van Lear, KY

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How to Get to
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

The park is located at 75 Theatre Ct., Prestonsburg, KY 41653.

From Cincinnati: Get on US-127 S/US-42S/Clay Wade Bailey Bridge. Turn right onto W 4th St. Follow signs for I-71 S/I-75 S. Continue on I-75 to Pine Ridge. Merge onto I-71 S/I-75 S. Continue to follow I-75 S. Keep left at the fork to continue on I-64 E, follow signs for Winchester/Ashland. Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 98 toward Mountain Pkwy/Campton/Prestonsburg. Continue onto Bert T Combs Mountain Pkwy E. Take KY-9009 E and KY-114 E to Theatre Ct in Prestonsburg.  

Entering Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

There’s no better way to create memories with those you love than by heading out on a road trip! Renting an RV with RVshare makes the trip easy and stress-free. Whether you choose to rent an RV near your home and make the trek, or fly into Kentucky and rent an RV for camping, you’re sure to have an adventure you won’t soon forget! We would love to see pictures of your travels - be sure to send us photos of your trip to [email protected] and tag us on social media. Your memories could be featured on our blog, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page!