Governor Proclaims 2016 as the Year of NPS Centennial in KY

Oneida, TN (2015-10-26) Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed 2016 as the National Park Service Centennial in Kentucky.  August 25, 2016, will mark the 100 year celebration of President Woodrow Wilson signing the Organic Act creating the National Park Service.

In a symbolic kick-off of the centennial celebration, superintendents from the five national parks in Kentucky, including Niki Stephanie Nicholas of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, were presented a framed copy of the proclamation by Lt. Governor Crit Luallen, during the Kentucky Travel Industry Annual Conference in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on October 20, 2015.

The five National Parks in Kentucky include: Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Fort Donelson National Battlefield, and Mammoth Cave National Park.

In making the presentation, Lt. Governor Luallen spoke about the important role Kentucky national parks play in the tourism industry in the state as well as their importance to our nation’s heritage, economy and commonwealth.

The five Kentucky national parks offer a variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, and camping.