General Burnside State Park

General Burnside State Park

General Burnside State Park
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6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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This 40-acre island in the middle of the Cumberland River is great for fishing.
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Nicole L
Cincinnati, OH232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The park was lovely and clean with spacious camper spots. The spot featured a huge picnic table, a fire ring and the area was covered in small pebbles which was flush against the concrete camper pad.
Written June 6, 2023
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djtheoret
Lakeland, FL576 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
For golfers that don’t mind a little drive, there are two Kentucky State Park courses that are close enough to make a quick, two-day trip; Wasioto Winds Golf Course at Pine Mountain State Resort Park and General Burnside Island Golf Course in Burnside Kentucky. The courses are less than two hours apart and if you include a stay at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, your drive to each course is about an hour.

General Burnside Island State Park golf course is located on an island surrounded by Lake Cumberland in Somerset, KY. Brian Ault, who designed two other Kentucky State Park golf courses - Dale Hollow and Hidden Cove - also designed this spectacular waterfront layout. General Burnside Island Golf Course was recognized by Kentucky Living Magazine in 2016 with a First Place Award for golf courses.

Although the course is situated on an island, the water that surrounds it does not come into play, although it does make for some amazing views! Three of the par 3s are worth mentioning. From Tee 2, the 5th hole plays 185 yards into an offset green with sand in the front right. The 14th hole is one of the signature holes; it plays 172, straight downhill into a tear-shaped green with a bunker front right. The only true water hazard on the course is the pond on the par 3, 16th hole. It plays 172 yards from Tee 2, slightly downhill with water and a beautiful rock wall to the right of the green.

Because the course is landlocked, it’s comparatively short with only one par 4 over 400 yards from the back tees, so longball hitters may be inclined to try and drive a few of the greens. Head Golf Professional Steve Lutz has some profound putting advice; “Because the course is located on an island, all putts break toward the water!”

Both of these courses are currently undergoing bunker renovations and are in the process of switching over to “Better Billy Bunker,” the best-draining bunker system in the golf industry. It may take a while for the installation to be complete but it’s well worth the wait.

For golfers that plan on playing multiple rounds of golf over the year at the Kentucky State Parks, you may want to consider purchasing a Trail Card which gives you access to many courses across the state within the Nation’s Finest Park System. A lot of these courses have been recognized nationally by Golf Digest. The Trail Card can be purchased at any of the Kentucky State Park courses.
Written January 13, 2023
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Catsmeow429
Dayton, OH8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
This is our go-to park. We know which sites to reserve (the ones with full hook-ups). They are in the process of putting in more sewer connections. I don’t think the sites are crowded at all! The park is pretty with rolling hills. It’s off the beaten path, so no Highway noise. It’s close to the boat launch, which is a plus. Can be very crowded on holidays, but during the week it’s great! We’ve camped here all months, but September and October are the best. On Halloween, the kids go trick-or-treating in the park!
Written September 8, 2022
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Sue B
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Very tight campground. Only visit if you like close neighbors, are good at backing RV, have leveling material, and don't like privacy. Many sunny sites. Bath house/rest room was ok. Only TV stations were PBS. Could not locate fishing spot from shoreline. Really no views of lake. Very packed on weekends with crowded roads. Staff were very friendly and grounds were well maintained.
Written June 20, 2022
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Jason P
Antioch, IL25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
Avoid Christmas Island!! This is a complete ripoff. $25 to drive around less than 10 minutes and look at less lights than you can find in a local neighborhood. Then, you can visit Santa at the end who has a tip bucket to take more of your money. Then, don’t forget the worst hot chocolate your money can buy on the way out. All in all, $30 for 15 minutes of entertainment?!?!? If the money went to a charity, that would be different. This event is taking advantage of the people in this community and does not represent the spirit of Christmas.
Written December 19, 2021
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VanillaAce
Saint Simons Island, GA1,010 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Everyone was so excited to see the Christmas Island light display but were shocked to pay $25 per car. No issues but the entire display took less than 10 minutes to drive thru and the North Pole light was extremely long. Nothing special but hopefully $25 goes to expand lights for next year.
Written November 26, 2021
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Colette C
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
They are working on improvements at this park. Need to level the pads. Spots are closer to each other then we like at a state park.
Staff gets a 10- very helpful, friendly.
Great area to stay for boating, hiking.

Written June 6, 2021
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realtortothestars
Louisville, KY1,004 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We were staying in Somerset and the course looked great. Very manicured and was kept up very nicely. Lots of sand traps and ruff areas and par 5s. Not an easy course. Beautiful and enjoyable to play and affordable
Written August 21, 2020
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Yehbut
Hilton Head, SC1,429 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
We had to cruise to this state park to checkout the view. This park has a lot of places to camp. They do have bathhouses and a laundry facilities/bathrooms. Very secluded and open campsites. Excellent for boating/kayaking! Great place any day of the year!
Written November 27, 2019
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JoAnn W
66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Wonderful campground with very friendly and helpful staff and park ranger. The lake was beautiful and very refreshing. Sadly the pool was not open. Sites do not have septic hookup which was an inconvenience with our 4 day stay.
Written June 20, 2019
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