Asbury University Equine Center

Asbury Equine Center (25)

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.

Blue Grass Sportsmen’s League

Bluegrass Sportsmans League (9)

Offers a wide range of outdoor sporting activities. Regular weekend events such as paintball are open to the public.

Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park

Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park (2)

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.


Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park’s Walking Trails

Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park (8)

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

Centennial Park

Picnicking, disc golf, basketball, walking trails and more are available at this Wilmore facility.

Connemara Golf Links

18-hole public course and driving range

Disc Golf

Available at Lake Mingo, Nicholasville, Riney-B Disc Golf Course, Nicholasville, and Centennial Park, Wilmore.

Golf Club of the Bluegrass

18-hole public course

High Bridge Park

High Bridge Park (9)  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.

High Point Golf Course

18-hole public course

Jessamine County Trails

Path to Overlook 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.

Jessamine Creek Gorge

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

Jim Beam Nature Preserve

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.

KY River BlueWay Trail


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


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.

Taylor Made Farm

Photo courtesy of photographer Laura Donnell

Photo courtesy of photographer Laura Donnell

  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.

Valley View Ferry

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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

Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge and Educational Facility, Inc. is a 501©3 NO KILL facility which began its lifesaving efforts in 1993.

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