Jenny Wiley State Resort Park RV & Campground Guide
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!
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
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
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.
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
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Frequently Asked Questions About Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
Those who want to see the park's elk herd, the largest herd east of the Rocky Mountains, should visit from January through March and September through November. Golfers should plan their visit in May or June.
In addition to the elk, there are many species of birds that live at Jenny Wiley State Park, including spring warblers, bald eagles, eastern bluebirds, American redstarts, and more.
Jenny Wiley State Park has 118 camping spots to be shared among RVers and tent campers. Campground amenities include electric hookups, fire rings, restrooms with showers, and a dump station. There are playgrounds, horseshoe pits, and volleyball courts also.
Advanced reservations are required for a camping spot. A non-refundable reservation fee of $6 is required for all camping reservations, and spots cost between $25 and $40 depending on the kind of site you want and what dates you're coming.
Jenny Wiley State Park is a pet-friendly park. Pets must be on a leash. Dogs are not allowed inside restaurants and other public buildings, but they are allowed on trails unless marked otherwise.
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