Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
Karen and I went to Greenbo Lake State Resort Park to celebrate Valentine's week-end because we had heard good things about the Jesse Stuart Lodge there. It is named in honor of Jesse Hilton Stuart, (1906-1984) author, educator, Kentucky's Poet Laureate and native son of Greenup County. The 36-room fieldstone lodge and restaurant overlooking Greenbo Lake lived up to our high expectations; the state park exceeded them.
This 3,300 acre park, centered around tranquil 225-acre Greenbo Lake, is truly a hidden gem. Park brochures had told us we would find a swimming pool, campground, and picnic areas. We did not know until we arrived that the park is also the site of an old iron forge, the remains of which date back 200 years. Across from the forge is a preserved one room school house, the only remnent of the pioneer community which once thrived here.
We were at Greenbo Lake in February when many of the recreational ammenities were unavailable, however, we still enjoyed a very scenic hike along a few of the 8+ miles of multi-use trails that circle the lake. From the trail we saw several fishermen, both on the shore and in boats. Paddle boats, pontoons, canoes and motorboats are available for rent spring through fall.
965 Lodge Road
Greenup, KY 41144
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is in the north-eastern corner of Kentucky on KY-1, 18 miles north of I-64 from the Grayson exit.