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Not small by any measure, Dale Hollow Lake boasts an astonishing 620 miles of shimmering shoreline that lends itself to myriad recreational activities. It is also one of the oldest artificial lakes in Kentucky. Constructed by the Corps of Engineers who dammed the Obey River, the lake today is ensconced by virginal forests and water teeming with fish. Well-marked mountain bike trails will rejuvenate your senses along with the exhilarating views. Dale Hollow Lake is an ideal getaway for families, groups of friends, and independent travelers. Enjoy it with a vacation rental.Beautiful vacation properties for everyone
Vacation rentals around the lake will give you immediate access to fishing points. The fish at this lake are known to bite all year long which is good news for newbie anglers. Many rentals are pet-friendly, and fitted with lake-facing balconies. Those near Dale Hollow Marina and Safe Harbor Eagle Cove offer easy access to boat ramps where pontoon boats and jet skis can be rented. Rentals nestled in the woods have their own charm – consider them too.
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Waterside recreation at Dale Hollow Lake
There's a whole lot of waterside recreation for the water babies. Swimming and fishing are top choices, and while you can do these anywhere, it's best to stick to designated areas. Marinas rent out boats so you can explore the lake at your own pace - while at it, don't forget to drop some bait and wear sunscreen. Other possible activities include jet-skiing, or kayaking down the Wolf and Obey Rivers taking in the sights and sounds from a noiseless watercraft.Fresh food to keep you in good spirits
Pickett County, the gateway to the Dale Hollow Lake region has tons of family-owned restaurants who'll provide you much-needed sustenance for your exploring. Steel Coop near the Obey River Recreation Area serves decent seafood and steaks, and the lake views are stunning. It’s a 2-minute walk from the Byrdstown Highway. Also close to the lake is The Fork, run by a lovely couple - their portions are generous and the prices fair. Bobcat Den in Byrdstown serves sumptuous grilled pork tenderloin and jumbo shrimp while the Southern Dream Bakery, also in Byrdstown, takes care of sugar cravings with their yummy cupcake shakes.
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The trails at Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park offer a full complement of activities from mountain biking to horseback riding and hiking. The best part is that no motorized vehicles are allowed making it super safe for families with young children. Expect some interesting sights as most trails follow the old logging routes and tend to run along the ridge tops. Another mention-worthy activity is the Motorcycle Ride Trail which starts at the park then weaving its way through the glorious Cumberland Valley.A lake region rich in history
Outdoor recreation aside, Dale Hollow Lake and its surroundings are rich in history. The Cordell Hull Birthplace & Museum State Park houses riveting mementos including the Nobel Prize won by Hull. A ride east will get you to Historic Rugby where time stands still. Founded in 1880 by British author Thomas Hughes, the village exudes Victorian charm thanks to its 20 odd original buildings. Guided tours are a good idea here. The Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park meanwhile pays homage to this beloved WWI hero. Situated by the Wolf River, visitors can stroll through York’s family home and farmland.
Did you know that Dale Hollow Lake holds the world record for the largest amounts of smallmouth bass and the state record for muskie?
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Dale Hollow Lake has been touted as a top fishing destination in the US for years now, and fishing opportunities abound all year round - there’s trout, catfish, crappie, muskie, and several species of bass fish waiting to be caught. Why not bring some home to prepare at your vacation rental? Fishing licenses can be requested at the KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and rods and other equipment are easy to hire.2. Mountainside golf anyone?
Waterside golf courses are passé! This is your chance to tee off in hilly terrain at the 18-hole Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park Golf. The driving range and riding carts make it easy to get around, and their pro shop is well-stocked. The park also houses a charming nautical-themed miniature golf course with water features all around.3. Local theater and plays
The towns around Dale Hollow Lake have some charming playhouses and theaters where you can catch local troupes in action. Good Neighbor’s Theater in Byrdstown hosts all kinds of shows from magic and Mystery Theater to art exhibitions and concerts. The Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville has excellent sets, lighting and acting, and reasonably priced tickets too!4. Explore Cindy Cave
Those with an adventurous streak can take a wild cave tour with an experienced guide to Cindy Cave. Be prepared to get wet and dirty as you set about exploring the wonders of these caves. They are a short walk to the Dale Hollow State Park Marina.5. Wine-tasting pursuits
Highway 111 Wine and Spirits in Byrdstown has a cool selection of liquors and the staff are super welcoming. Jamestown's Highland Manor Winery has been producing Tennessee’s choicest wines for over 30 years. Savor their sweet, semi-dry and dry wines with someone special.