Glasgow’s Guide to Barren River Lake State Resort Park

Barren River Lake Survival Guide

Close your eyes. Picture your ideal sunny day. You’re definitely laying out in the sun? On a boat? Scoring even par on a golf course? Roasting marshmallows by the camper? Eating a nice dinner with your family? Laying by the pool? IN the pool? The list goes on and on. Barren River Lake State Resort Park has ALL of those things for you in one place. Their amenities include Boating or fishing on Barren River Lake, golfing on the beautiful award winning golf course, relaxing on the patio and watching the sunset over the lake while eating dinner at the lodge, and exploring nature on the walking/hiking trails.  During your stay at Barren River Lake you will get the freedom to do whatever life leads you to that day, so believe us when we say this is a must visit! 

Barren River Lake

One of the most popular ways to spend time at Barren River Lake State Park is on the lake! No matter where you are in the park, you can usually see the lake for a beautiful view. As far as things to do on the lake, the options are endless. While out on the lake you can boat, ski, swim, fish, and anything else you love doing on the lake. Barren River Lake is the home base to many houseboats in our area, and is the perfect place to stay with the girls or on a whole family trip. If you are staying in the cabins or on the campground you can bring a pontoon, bass boat, or speed boat to cruise around on for the day on the lake. Either way, you’ll definitely want to spend a bulk of your visit out on the lake!


Barren River Lake has such a beautiful golf course for anyone to enjoy. This is an 18-hole golf course with par 72, although even par is not easy to come by on this course. With stunning hills, greens, and water; it makes for a challenging golf day, but beautiful nonetheless. This is not a course that you will just play once because each hole has challenges of its own you’ll want to tackle. Bring plenty of golf balls, tees, and water! We wish you the best of luck when you tee it up on number one. Pro tip: aim down the left side!


At Barren River Lake, camping is a classic family reunion or annual family trip spot! Perfect to bring the whole family together for a week or weekend. When you camp at Barren River Lake be sure to bring along the s’mores ingredients AND your swimsuit. The campground is located in the middle of the park so you’ll be an easy walking (or golf cart) distance from anywhere you want to go!

Horse Riding

While staying in the campground or at the lodge, you’ll have to try out our 2.5 mile horseback riding trail. We recommend you do a guided ride so you can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery around the park. With each state park, pricing varies depending on what guided tour you decide to take. The horses are just waiting for you to come and give them some love!


The Lodge at Barren River Lake houses 73 guest bedrooms that have flat screen televisions, private balcony furniture, complimentary wireless internet service, complimentary breakfast at the lodge, and are walking/driving distance from the beach, lake, and golf course. For larger groups, Barren River Lake Lodging also has connecting/adjoining rooms that can be requested. Lodging at Barren River Lake State Resort Park brings the fun to you as you stay surrounded by all the outdoor adventure that the park brings!

Swimming Pool

Among many other amenities, when you stay at Barren River Lake State Resort Park between the months of June and August, you can enjoy a relaxing pool day outside. Right outside the Driftwood Restaurant is a relaxing swimming pool where you can tan all day or float around in the water. 

Nature Trails

At Barren River Lake there are lots of different trails that you can hike during your stay. The shortest hike is only ½ mile, while the longest hike is 2.5 miles. Each hike has a different type of pavement depending on what kind of trail you are looking for. You can walk your dog, bring the whole family, or just enjoy nature alone! Make sure you bring your hiking shoes on your next trip to Barren River Lake!

Driftwood Restaurants 

Along with lots of other amazing amenities, Barren River Lake Resort Park also offers a Driftwood Restaurant which overlooks the beautiful lake. The Driftwood Restaurant offers a full buffet of items such as catfish, roast beef, fried chicken, and so much more! They also have a large soup, salad, veggies, and dessert bar which has both sweet and sugar free options! The restaurant is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 AM to 8 PM. On Sundays, they are open for breakfast from 7 AM to 10 AM, but close at 3 PM. During the week they are open for lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM, and dinner is from 4 PM to 8 PM.  

Barren River Lake truly offers everything you could possibly need, but if you decide to venture further into Glasgow during your stay visit for more blogs like this that detail other awesome must visits in our area!