Just a short drive south from Lexington, Kentucky, you’ll find Jessamine County—–a special place that is home to a truly unique blend of carefully preserved historical and natural landmarks, fabulous cultural and historical events, over 100,000 acres of fertile land bordered by more miles of Kentucky River shoreline than any other Kentucky county–and, of course, a large and diverse population of interesting and friendly folks who are happy to share their love of the area with visitors.
Whether you’re a history buff, adventure seeker, or simply love to visit beautiful places, you’ll enjoy a visit to any of Jessamine County’s “can’t miss” historical attractions, such as Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park (designated a National Historic Landmark), Valley View Ferry, and, of course, First Vineyard and Winery, the birthplace of America’s commercial wine industry.
Love outdoor adventures? You’ve come to the right place! Experience one of our challenging and beautiful golf courses, or spend the day paddling along the Kentucky River Blueway Trail and top it off with a visit to High Bridge Park, where you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the magnificent Kentucky River Palisades. Save some time to take a hike along the US68 Hike/Bike Trail, the trails at Asbury Equine Center, and the interpretive trails at Camp Nelson–or take a leisurely stroll along the flower-filled trails at Springhouse Gardens.
Whether you stop by the Dixie Cafe or Solomon’s Porch to grab a picnic lunch, visit Euro Wine & Tapas Grill to enjoy a fine wine with award-winning food in a relaxing atmosphere, or take a tour at Chrisman Mill Vineyards & Winery, you’ll be glad you came–and ready to start planning your next visit.
As you plan your visit, take a quick tour of our list of our Attractions & Adventures, Tours, Golf, and Comfy Spots. While you’re here, don’t forget to browse through our Event Calendar for a list of upcoming events, including Wilmore’s Soap Box Derby, Nicholasville’s Wine & Vine Fest, and the Creative Art League of Jessamine County’s Gallery Walks, Exhibits, plays, and other special events. We’re sure that you’ll find something that will make you want to come and experience Jessamine County, Kentucky…where you can turn history into adventure!
For more information, you can also reach Destination Jessamine, the county-wide tourism organization created and supported by Jessamine County Fiscal Court, via email or by calling 859-885-4500.