General Butler State Resort Park has it all! Named for William Orlando Butler, a hero of the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the park is spiced with history. Glimpse into the nineteenth-century in the Butler-Turpin House. In the summer, enjoy a round of golf, or a set of tennis. In any season, enjoy the outstanding river valley views and friendly atmosphere at General Butler!
The hilltop lodge is an attraction within itself. Browse the gift shop that offers a large selection of Kentucky handcrafts and souvenirs. Warm your hands by the beautiful stone fireplace, listen to the piano, and admire the Ohio River valley view. Each of the 53 rooms features a private balcony or patio overlooking the pool or hillside.
Open year-round. Rooms are available by late afternoon, check-out by noon, Eastern time. Rates.
General Butler has the perfect cottage for you whether you prefer contemporary or traditional interiors. Each of the 24 cottages has a private balcony or patio. One, two, three-bedroom cottages with one bath and two or three executive cottages with two baths are available. Tableware, cooking utensils, and linens are provided with fresh linens available daily.
Open year-round. Cottages are available by late afternoon, check-out by 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. Rates.
A spacious campground features 111 campsites with utility hookups and grills. Showers, rest rooms, and laundry facilities are available at two central service buildings.
Open year-round. Following first weekend in November to last weekend in March, water must be hauled from central source in campground. No advance reservations. Physically disabled site available, check-out by 2:00 p.m. Rates. Pets are allowed if restrained.
Experience Kentucky’s dining tradition in the 176-seat dining room. Along with a view of the beautiful Ohio River Valley, enjoy courteous service and an array of dining choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
General Butler Conference Center
Opened in January 2000, General Butler Conference Center is ready to impress. The large meeting space can seat 500 banquet style and 800 theater style. An expansive set of windows at one end leads to a spacious covered porch that overlooks the Kentucky River Valley and serves as a cordial breakout space in good weather. The interior space breaks into three equal meeting rooms – the Kentucky Room, The Commonwealth Room, and the Bluegrass Room. Each can hold 160 banquet style, has independent environment controls, and a ceiling-mounted drop-down screen. Modern audiovisual hookups are in use, including an LCD projector. General Butler’s excellent food service is aided by a large service kitchen.
Located in the lodge are two private dining rooms, the Burley Room and the River Room, and another meeting room, the Woodland Room, all seating 40 guests banquet-style.
Butler-Turpin Historic House
The Butler-Turpin Historic House is the center of remembrance of a family of soldiers who won fame for their exploits in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. The stories of the famous Butlers bridge the gap in history between the pioneer legends like Daniel Boone and Kentucky’s national political prominence before the Civil War, the time of Henry Clay. Percival Butler, son of an Irish immigrant and one of five brothers in the Continental Army, was aide to the winning French general when the British surrendered at Yorktown. Percival moved to Kentucky and acquired land that is now General Butler State Resort Park. He was Kentucky’s first Adjutant-General, serving 25 years. Two of Percival Butler’s sons were soldiers in the War of 1812. Thomas Butler was aide-de-camp to General Andrew Jackson. William Orlando Butler distinguished himself under fire and was field-promoted up to Colonel by the end of the war, winning Jackson’s personal gratitude and the appellation of “Hero of the Battle of New Orleans.” Thirty years later, President Polk recalled him as a General to fight in the Mexican War. He became commander-in-chief of the American forces in Mexico. After the war, he was presented with a gold sword by Congress and nominated for Vice-president by the Democratic Party.
Thomas Butler’s son-in-law, Phillip Turpin, built the house that is shown today. The Greek Revival Mansion was completed in 1859, and Thomas lived in the home with his daughter Mary Ellen and her husband. William Orlando Butler lived a mile and a half away on Carrollton’s Highland Avenue, As you tour the Butler-Turpin House, walking in your imagination with the friendly shadows of the gallant Butlers who were privileged to live out their lives in Carrollton near each other, this period history of Kentucky will become more meaningful to you.
Admission charged. Open March 15 – mid-December, Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. Closed 1 hour at noon. Last tour one hour before closing. Day and evening group tours are available with advance scheduling. Closed Thanksgiving Day.
Enjoy Butler’s unique setting at the confluence of the Kentucky and Ohio rivers from the scenic overlook. One of the highest points in Carroll County, the lookout was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s.
Fore! A nine-hole, regulation golf course with a pro shop, pull carts, riding carts, and rental clubs is available. An 18-hole miniature golf course is near the public beach.
Regulation Course open year-round, weather permitting, Rates. Mini-golf Course open April through October, $.
Enjoy a day on the lake at General Butler. Rental pedal boats, canoes, rowboats, and surf bikes are available seasonally at the Boat Dock.
Boat Dock open Memorial Day-Labor Day, From mid-August through Labor Day Weekend, the Boat Dock is open only four hours in the afternoon. Trolling motors allowed after Labor Day Weekend, restrictions posted.
Fish have been restocked in 30-acre Butler Lake–bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Fishing is permitted from the lake shore year-round. A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Fishing with boats must be accomplished using park rental boats from Memorial Day through Labor Day. In other seasons, private boats with trolling motors are permitted.
The lodge swimming pool is for the exclusive use of lodge and cottage guests.
The public beach is closed for swimming this summer due to lifeguard shortage. The water quality is fine.
Picnic Shelters & Playgrounds
Picnic areas and playgrounds are located throughout the park, featuring a specialized playground for children ages two through six. Three shelters are available for rental up to one year in advance.
The park hosts special events throughout the year, such as the Annual Kentucky Scottish Weekend in May (For a listing of events and other details, link to the Kentucky Scottish Weekend Web Site), and the Halloween Family Fun Weekend in October. Click here for a listing of 2003 events. Or you can contact the park for information, or go to the Kentucky State Parks Booklet Order Page to order the state parks booklet which includes special events.
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Toll-free reservations: 1-866-462-8853 (866-GOBUTLER)
The resort is located 44 miles northeast of Louisville. From Louisville, take I-71 to Carrollton. Here is an area map.
This is a zoomable map. When you click on the map, this frame will go to the MapQuest web site, where you can get driving directions and other navigation information.
Check out the Carroll County Web Site to find out more about attractions near General Butler.
General Butler State Resort Park facilities close following lunch Sunday, December 21, 2003 and reopen for dinner on Sunday, December 28, 2003.