Kentucky National Parks Pentathlon
Get out and explore YOUR Kentucky national parks! The Kentucky National Park Pentathlon encourages individuals and families to explore national parks in the state of Kentucky.
On July 17, 2015, the National Park Service (NPS) launched the Kentucky National Park Pentathlon, inviting those who visit all five NPS sites in the state to earn a special free commemorative patch. The pentathlon is in recognition of the NPS 2016 Centennial.
"The National Park Service was created 100 years ago to protect America's national treasures and provide opportunities for people to enjoy and understand them," said Stan Austin, NPS Southeast Regional Director. "During the NPS Centennial, we encourage everyone to find a park that has special meaning to them and enjoy what it has to offer."
Pentathlon participants can earn the commemorative patch by visiting all five Kentucky national parks by April 2017, and participating at a least one activity at each park.
To participate, simply stop by a visitor center at any of the parks listed below and receive a pentathlon card. Date your visit on the appropriate line, and when all five lines are completed, give it to a park ranger for your patch. It's that easy!
PARTICIPATING KENTUCKY NATIONAL PARKS
Possible activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, camping, volunteering, attending a ranger-led tour/presentation, bird-watching, visiting a park's museum, seeing a park's film or any other activity available at the parks. Participants can do the same activity at all five parks or try something different at each location.
"The Kentucky Parks Pentathlon is a wonderful way to experience the five national parks across the state," said Niki Stephanie Nicholas, Big South Fork Superintendent. "Each one has spectacular resources and a wide range of recreational opportunities."
For more information on the Kentucky National Parks Pentathlon, call the Big South Fork Park's Headquarters at (423) 569-9778.