We came to spend two nights (Friday and Saturday) in July 2021 during Covid. Room was clean and satisfactory but even though it was no-smoking room, I smelled cigarette or musty smell (but I am over sensitive). We did not eat any meal at hotel restaurant since I have a special diet need. We brought our own cooler to the room with bread, ham and cheese, beer etc and used hotel's free ice to cool them. There are two small grocery stores (3 miles out from the Park) called Brown Grocery and Tackett Grocery and Pizza on route 1. We bought fried chicken at Brown Grocery (was pretty good). Hotel staffs were kind, and particularly people at the marina were so kind. We rented pontoon for 4 hours ($100), (or 8 hours for $165 but we did not). they say all lakes in KY are not allowed to swim nor dip, but we fished from pontoon (mostly bluegill) and Lake is fairly small with all idle drive within 4 hours, but very quiet, beautiful, and worth experiencing!. (One day fishing license in KY by online cost $15.) We only rented the pontoon, buy it was only us on the lake, so we felt like we rented a whole lake for us (Friday early morning from 8 am). ah, I should also mention that my ATnT cellphone worked on the entire lake. By evening, the parking lot got crowded at hotel lodge, so We are watching Tokyo Olympic in the room now. Anyway, if you are interested in Low-key, secret gate-away, this is the place. I would like to come back during fall to see colors of tree. It is a beautiful place. (If you are not detail complainer, you would enjoy here!).…
The lodge is dated, for sure. But, it was spotless! The front desk employee was kind and friendly. Other staff we saw were polite, as well. We were able to hear folks in other rooms but everything quieted down early. The lake was gorgeous and trails well maintained. If you’re looking for an out of the way but not too far, outdoor focused getaway, this is a great spot!
There is so much to see here. I’d like to come back when the marina is open and take a boat ride on the lake. The Buffalo furnace is an iron furnace Which operated between 1851 and 1854 when it had a blowout. The one room school house was relocated here and is called the Claylick Buffalo school. It was an operation from 19 29 through 1955. It is well preserved and for those who are in education, an interesting sight to see. Guess those of you that aren’t in education would find it interesting too! There is no cost for the school house nor the furnace. However, if you want to take a ride on a pontoon boat there is a charge.
Another couple and us stayed here, this was a very low season , we where the only ones that stayed there this night. Everyone that worked there really made us feel special. We ordered off the menu at the restaurant our evening dinner and our breakfast, the food was very good and great service. The rooms were clean .What we all enjoyed the most was the very nice area to sit and enjoy the wood burning fireplace. Price for room and lodging reasonable.
Trip advisor shows in the ad "free Breakfeast", but the staff said it was not. I suggest an edit to save on any negative reviews. I would also suggest the addition of mini fridges and microwaves. Nice scenic place to stay.