The Equine Center has 6 miles of trails that overlook the Palisades of the Kentucky River, giving trail riders a wonderful experience in the natural beauty of this area. Students conduct rides for the public and for private parties which gives them experience managing a string of horses, and subsequently many find employment at various types of camps across the country.
Camp Nelson Heritage Park is designated as a National Historic Landmark and is located along US 27 south of Nicholasville on US 27. The Park includes a Civil War Museum, a reconstructed fort, a Civil War Library, replica of a Civil War Barracks, and much more.
Walk the more than five miles of Camp Nelson’s Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park’s interpretive trails to view the beautiful central Kentucky landscape while learning about the role Camp Nelson played in the Civil War. Visit www.campnelson.org.
Picnicking, disc golf, basketball, walking trails and more are available at this Wilmore facility.
18-hole public course and driving range
Available at Lake Mingo, Nicholasville, Riney-B Disc Golf Course, Nicholasville, and Centennial Park, Wilmore.
18-hole public course
The historic park includes the best view of the Palisades, Kentucky River and Dix River on an overlook which juts out 35 feet from the cliff top.
18-hole public course
The complex is conveniently located in the Nicholasville city limits. Try out your bowling skills at Strike Zone Lanes and visit the arcade. Once you have worked up an appetite, you can fill up on food from J.D. Legends Bar & Grill.
Jessamine County is uniquely centered in the Kentucky River Valley’s palisade region. It provides a backdrop for many hiking and paddling opportunities, including a higher concentration of palisade trails than you’ll find anywhere else in Central Kentucky. The county also has several parks with walking trails convenient to many of its residents.
The parcel is recognized as one of the most important sites for conservation within the Kentucky River Palisades. A 2.7 loop trail traverses through special habitats including undisturbed stream corridors, clifflines and caves, extensively wooded ravine slopes, and adjacent uplands with remnants of ancient high-level gravels. Reservations required for guided tours. 859.492.3115
Protects portion of the Palisades of the Kentucky River. The site provides a feeding habitat for rare bat species. Open to public for hiking, birding and nature study.
The KY River BlueWay Trail is a 42 mile stretch of river that makes up Jessamine County’s southern border running from Valley View to Brooklyn. The aim of the trail is to provide greater recognition of the many attributes of the Kentucky River basin and to promote tourism and recreation in the area. The Kentucky River and its tributaries are known for excellent fishing, bird watching, hiking, wildflowers and rich historical sites such as Camp Nelson, Valley View, and High Bridge.
Nicholasville/Jessamine County Parks & Recreation is comprised of sixteen parks. Each park has its own unique beauty and special attributes to offer residents and visitors. Please visit one of these jewels and discover the ‘hidden’ treasures throughout Nicholasville and Jessamine County.
Nestled on 94 acres, and home to various fiber animals. Call ahead for tours; visit with an assortment of critters, from a fainting goat to Sebastopol geese, view the carefully restored 1820’s log cabin that serves as the farm’s gift shop/studio.
Come visit Taylor Made, a 1,100 acre Thoroughbred paradise located in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Visit the mare and foal division’s foaling quarters, paddocks, and of course the future stars! The tour also includes a yearling division where visitors learn about the transition from weanlings to yearlings. The walking/driving rain or shine tour lasts approximately1-1.5 hours and is suitable for all ages. Tours are rain or shine. Photos and videos are allowed.
Offers canoeing on the Kentucky River, horseback riding trails and a team-building program.
The oldest year-round ferry service in the United States and the last ferry remaining on the Kentucky River. Offers free passage across the Kentucky River. Call 859-258-3611 (menu option #1) for operating status.
Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge and Educational Facility, Inc. is a 501©3 NO KILL facility which began its lifesaving efforts in 1993.