Description - Information courtesy of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Hike in the footsteps of pioneers on two historic trails, the Wilderness Road and Boone’s Trace. These thoroughfares carried more than 200,000 settlers from the eastern colonies into the western frontier between 1774 and 1796. But danger lurked along the way; McNitt’s Defeat, Kentucky’s worst Indian massacre, occurred here in 1786.
- The Mountain Life Museum brings visitors into a pioneer settlement. Buildings in the settlement were moved from other sites or built as replicas on the park. All buildings are filled with pioneer relics including tools, products of agriculture and household implements. The museum consists of 7 buildings, and is open April 1 through October 31. Admission fees for adults and children apply. Call for museum times and group rates.
Picnic tables, grills, and playgrounds are located throughout the park for a perfect picnic outing. Three picnic shelters are available for rental up to one year in advance.
McHargue’s Mill was built on the banks of the Little Laurel River where it intersects Boone’s Trace. This working reproduction mill dates to the same era as the original McHargue family mills and has authentic interior works, including millstones. It is surrounded by the largest display of millstones in the country.
The Russell Dyche Amphitheater seats 1,500 people and is host to many community events, including the week-long Laurel County Homecoming in August.
Recreation - While discovering Kentucky’s pioneer heritage at Levi Jackson State Park, visitors can relax in a 146-site campground, nestled in open woodland. Utility hookups, a grocery store, a dump station, and three central service buildings containing an activities room, showers, rest rooms, and laundry facilities assure camping convenience.
Cool off on a hot summer day in the community swimming pool. A new pool containing water slides is open.
Test your putting skills on the 18-hole, miniature golf course near the campground entrance.Open April 1-October 31. A fee is charged per round.
Between 1774 and 1796, more than 200,000 pioneers traveled over the Wilderness Road and Boone’s Trace during the settlement of Kentucky. Today, visitors to the park can retrace the footsteps of the early pioneers on eight-and-one-half miles of hiking trails that include original portions of these historic throughways.
Fun and activity are always in full bloom at Levi Jackson. Horseshoe pits, volleyball, and basketball courts are available, and sports equipment may be checked-out to campers.
Climate - This state experiences a temperate climate with nearly 50 inches of rainfall annually. Thirteen inches of snow is an annual average in Kentucky. There are four distinct seasons here with summer temperatures reaching 90 degrees F frequently in July and August. Low summer temperatures dip near 70 degrees F at night. Winter high temperatures often reach 45 degrees with lows dipping below freezing. Spring and fall are particularly pleasant seasons in which to visit Kentucky. Fall months are the driest. The humidity levels in the state average near 54 degrees throughout the year. The humidity during the winter months averages somewhat higher.
The park is south of London, off I-75 at exit 38, on US 25 south.