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Attention: Burn Bans may be in effect. Please contact the Park for details on restrictions.


Status: Open through Sun Nov 01 2015
Max reservation window: Mon Jul 04 2016
102 site(s) found


General Burnside Island State Park was named for the sideburn-whiskered Civil War General Ambrose Burnside. Burnside led patrols along the Cumberland River,circling this 400-acre island to keep watch for Confederate soldiers. The only island park in the Kentucky state park system.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Admin Service, Coping
  • Admin Service, Faxing
  • Bathhouse
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating, Power
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing park lake
  • Golf
  • Grills
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Horseshoes
  • Jet-Skiing
  • Laundry
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Programs, Recreational
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
  • Shelters
  • Skiing - Water
  • Walking
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • ATM (available in Lodge Lobby)
  • Churches
  • Dining
  • Dock, Boat
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Grocery store
  • Marina
  • Newspapers
  • Rent Jet Skis
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Snacks
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Antiquing
  • Putt-Putt
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Supplies
  • Sightseeing
  • Waterfall
  • Whitewater Rafting
Within 10 Miles
  • Airport.
  • Car Rental
  • Catering
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kennel
  • Lodging group facilities
  • Maintenance, Rv/Camper
  • Maintenance, vehicle
  • Mall
  • Meeting Space
  • Propane
  • Restaurant
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shopping
  • Town
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Cabins
  • Emergency Services
  • Fish Hatchery
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Hospital
  • Information/Contact Station
  • Lodging, Cabins
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Musical Performances
  • Trails Hiking Moderate
  • Trails Hiking/Walking easy
  • Trails, Difficult Hiking
  • Water Access, Reservoir
Alerts and Important Information
The swimming pool will be closed until further notice. Nothing over 30 amps for sites 84 - 94

Please note:

  • The maximum reservation window is 12 months in advance to the date.
  • New Inventory is made available when the call center opens.
  • There is a 1 night minimum stay during the week at all parks.
  • There is a 2 night minimum stay on peak season weekends at all parks with the exception of the Kentucky Horse Park.
  • The minimum stay on peak season weekends at the Kentucky Horse Park is 1 night.
  • Customers may arrive on a Friday or Saturday and stay a minimum of two nights.
  • Customer service is authorized to fill in any empty spaces caused by the 2-night weekend stay rule.
  • Please note the following:

  • Longer minimum night stays are required at most campgrounds during holiday periods.
  • Parks prohibits the importation firewood by campers from any state outside of Kentucky. This is in an effort to help prevent the introduction of the Emerald Ash Borer into the state. Firewood is available for sale in the state park campgrounds.http://parks.ky.gov/regulations/firewood.htm
  • Please note that the Kentucky Department of Parks permits the use of non-licensed vehicles in campgrounds, including golf carts, only by those individuals with a disability. This policy will be enforced for the safety of all guests.
  • Kentucky Campground sites can be occupied by a maximum of 8 occupants. Four (4) adults and children 16 and under are included in the base rate. Each additional adult is $5.00 per night will be collected upon arrival at the park.
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    36.98, -84.60111
    36°58'48"N, 84°36'4"W

    General Burnside Island State Park is located in Burnside,8 miles south of Somerset on US 27.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    P.O. Box 488/8801 South Hwy 27
    Burnside   KY  42519

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (606)561-4104