The Jenny Wiley State Park is situated in the northeastern Kentucky town of Prestonsburg. Located on Dewey Lake, the state park is named after pioneer woman Virginia “Jenny” Wiley, who notoriously escaped Native American capturers in the late 1700s.
The campgrounds at the park offer a choice of 121 sites. Nightly rates start at $23, and each site has its own picnic table and fire pit. A dedicated area for tent camping can also be found here, as well as cabins and cottages to rent.
Taking advantage of its proximity to Dewey Lake, the park provides adventurers an option of renting a campsite accessible only by boat or canoe. This site is only $10 per night, but is quite popular and must be reserved in advance.
The lake also offers a variety of water activities, such as boating and fishing. There is a swimming pool on-site, but it is only available for overnight guests and there is an extra surcharge for usages. A playground is another fun amenity found at the park.
Jenny Wiley State Park is pet-friendly; however, there is a 2-dog limit for cabins and cottages. The park must be informed about the dogs prior to the reservation and there is a $30 to $50 pet fee. Dogs are allowed in your tent or RV for no extra charge.
There are nature trails here, but some are off-limits to our canine companions. If you bring Fido along on your vacation, be sure to check for signs at the trail entrances to ensure dogs are allowed on the trails.
The park boasts a few restaurants, one of which is called the Music Highway Grill, which uses locally grown products in their menu items.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the wild elk that were re-introduced into the Kentucky ecology in 1997. Along with elk, there are also many types of birds to watch, particularly warblers.
If you’re visiting this beautiful part of Kentucky, be sure to put the Jenny Wiley State Park on your must-see list!