The campground at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park near Dawson Springs, Ky., will receive $1.1 million so horse camping sites can be added, First Lady Jane Beshear announced Tuesday (Oct. 27).

The expansion of the campground is in the design phase and state park officials estimate between 10 and 15 full service sites for horse camping will be added, along with other campground improvements, according to surfhopkinscounty.com.

“These new sites will make a great addition for Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park and this region,” Beshear said. “Horse enthusiasts will enjoy visiting and camping here because this is a beautiful area that’s perfect for horseback riding.”

The funding comes from a $60 million bond pool that was approved several years ago by the General Assembly for state park improvements.

Beshear was joined by Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Marcheta Sparrow and Parks Commissioner Gerry van der Meer.

The park currently has 68 improved campsites with water and electric hookups. The campground features utility hook ups, a dump station, and one central service building with showers, restrooms and a laundry.

Park officials are currently making plans for the horse camping sites. The campground will serve as the trailhead to approximately 40 miles of equestrian trails within the adjacent Pennyrile State Forest.

Pennyrile Forest State Park has a lodge, cottages, restaurant, gift shop, 18-hole golf course, campground, boat rentals, swimming, mini-golf, hiking trails and picnic areas.

Two other state parks – Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park and Taylorsville Lake State Park – have horse campsites available. The Department of Parks is also adding horse camping sites at Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill.