Typically, a stop at Dale Hollow Lake is a respite from a full day. Its natural isolation is enhanced by its lakeside location, and we’ll arrive fairly early in evening. Included in your tour price is a voucher for dinner at the Island View Restaurant, so you won’t have to struggle to find a place or even a specific time for your evening meal.
Obviously, a state park offers far more options than just a meal and an overnight stay. Unfortunately, we won’t (usually) take advantage of the many recreational options and, since it is October, use of the outdoor pool won’t be feasible. However, the views from the inn and restaurant are breathtaking and an after-dinner stroll around the grounds may help you relax after a very busy day.
Dale Hollow Lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake resulting from the damming of the Obey River, which feeds into the Cumberland River. The lake is also fed by the Wolf River, which you will have seen at our previous stop. It straddles the Tennessee-Kentucky border and residents of each state consider it to be their own. It is the oldest artificial lake in Kentucky, dating from 1943.
The golf resort and the trophy fishing are its gems, but it’s a great place to just rent a houseboat and cruise, too.
This stop is in the Central time zone, so we’ll gain an hour here, only to give it back early the next morning as we head north to our next stop.
Dale Hollow State Resort Park, Burkesville, Kentucky