Adventures & Attractions

Golf

Keene Trace Golf Club

Click here for a list of our challenging and beautiful golf courses, including Keene Trace, home of the PGA Barbasol Championship!

High Bridge Park

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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.

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.

Disc Golf

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Enjoy this fun “new” sport at Nicholasville’s Lake Mingo Disc Golf Course and Riney-B Disc Golf Course, and Wilmore’s Centennial Park Disc Golf 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.

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.

Blue Grass Sportsmen’s League

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

Jessamine Creek Gorge

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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

Wolf Run

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

Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park

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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.

Jim Beam Nature Preserve

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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.

Asbury University Equine Center

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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 Civil War Heritage Park’s Walking Trails

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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.

KY River BlueWay Trail

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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.

Asbury University

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Founded 1890. Originally named Kentucky Holiness College, the school was renamed to honor the founder of American Methodism, Bishop Francis Asbury. Enrolls 1,300. Christian liberal arts.

Centennial Park

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

Nicholasville/Jessamine Parks & Recreation

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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.

Asbury Theological Seminary

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Asbury Seminary, founded in 1923, is a multi-denominational, multicultural graduate school offering masters and doctoral degrees. Asbury Seminary has over 1,700 students and offers classes on three campuses, Kentucky, Florida and Virtual.

Servant Heart Farm

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Embracing the community, the region and the world to help facilitate Christian and family-friendly events. The US 68 400 Mile Sale is held at the facility annually the first weekend in June. Contact 606.794.5607

Thoroughbred Baseball League

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Located at 102 All-Star Way in Nicholasville, this state-of-the-art facility offers Professional League Baseball action. Enjoy Professional League Baseball action at a state-of-the-art athletic facility.

Aquatic Center

Aquatic Center

Olympic-sized swimming pool with multiple slides; daily and season passes are available.

Blue Grass Sportsmen’s League

Bluegrass Sportsmen's League

In addition to offering a wide range of outdoor sporting activities on 400 acres of Kentucky’s largest sporting league facility, BGSL practices and promotes wildlife conservation, education, and habitat restoration for both game and non-game species. Call ahead to arrange a tour; paintball and other select activities are available for non-members. View gallery

Camp Nelson National Cemetery

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Designated a national cemetery in 1868. Over 2,200 Civil War soldiers are buried at this site, including 1,600 from Camp Nelson and others from Kentucky Civil War battles including Perryville, Richmond and Covington.

Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park

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Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park is a National Historic and Archaeological Landmark that offers 525 preserved acres of the 4,000 acre Union Army Supply Depot, Recruitment/ Training Center, Hospital Facility and African American Refugee Camp. An Interpretive Center with museum, recreated fortification, 5 miles of interpretive trails, a barracks building, and genealogical research library are also available. Designated as National Underground Network to Freedom site and part of the Lincoln Heritage Trail. An Annual Living History is held in early September. View gallery

Springhouse Gardens

Springhouse Display Gardens Walking Tours

Opt for a self-guided tree walk, or take a self-guided wildflower walk and be amazed at the number of wildflowers that are native to Jessamine County. Call ahead for guided tours. Tours are available during regular operating hours only. View gallery

Chrisman Mill Vineyards and Winery

Chrisman Mill Vineyards and WineryThis lovely vineyard and winery produces 5 varieties of wine made exclusively from Kentucky grapes. Tours, tastings, Tuscan dinners and special events are available. View gallery

Wingswept Farm

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American Saddlebred stable offers riding and driving lessons, indoor and outdoor riding.

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Farmers Markets: Nicholasville and Wilmore

Nicholasville’s Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from late April through October in downtown Nicholasville. Wilmore’s Farmers Market is available in downtown Wilmore on Saturday mornings from May– September. Both offer fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits along with other unique specialty items and foods.

First Vineyard & Winery

First Vineyard Vineyards and Winery

Site of the first commercial wine grape vineyard in the United States (est. in 1798). This carefully restored vineyard is perched high above the Kentucky River in one of the most picturesque areas of the Jessamine County countryside, and offers vineyard tours and wine tastings. View gallery8

Harry C. Miller Lock Collection & The Museum of Physical Security

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Enjoy a free tour and view a close up look at the 4,000 safe locks, time locks, and key operated locks on display at one of the largest museums of its kind in the world. Stop by and enjoy a tour provided by resident historians.

High Bridge Park

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View the first cantilever bridge in North America which was also highest bridge over a navigable stream until early 20th century. High Bridge is designated an engineering landmark and exhibited as a model in the Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institute. When constructed in the 1870s, this was the highest bridge over a navigable stream. People came from all over to see the bridge or hear people speak there, such as Billy Sunday and President Rutherford B. Hayes. Daniel Boone surveyed the land and was known to have a cabin there. The 11 acre historic park includes a playground, historic pavilion, gazebos, overlook extending 35 ft. from 400 ft. cliff to view two rivers, the spectacular Kentucky River Palisades, and the historic High Bridge railroad bridge. High Bridge Homecoming Festival held annually mid August. View gallery/postcard collection.

Historical and Genealogical Society of Jessamine County

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Organized in January 1949 with 81 charter members. The Society has a monthly business meeting the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at 216 North Main Street, Farmers Square, Nicholasville, KY. There is also an informal meeting every Thursday afternoon from 12:30-3:30 for drop ins or friendly chats. If you are planning to visit Nicholasville you can also make an appointment that fits your schedule.

Kentucky River Palisades

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Offers 42 miles of pristine, scenic river expanse with up to 500 feet high limestone cliffs bordering Kentucky River. This magnificent attraction can be viewed at US 68, KY 29, US 27, KY 169 and on the river through Dix River Adventures and Sugar Creek Resort

Shadow Run Farm

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Riding lessons by appointment for ages 6 and up are available. Outdoor or indoor arena.

Serenity Hill Fiber Arts & Living History Farm

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Pioneer and Native American celebrations as well as spring lambing and sheep shearing events are also offered. 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. View gallery

Polvino Family Art Center

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Home to the Creative Art League (CAL) of Jessamine County, a group organized to support local artists and encourage community art activities. This 1900 square foot gallery and workshop space is located at 109 South Main Street in Nicholasville’s historic downtown district and provides monthly exhibits, summer art camps for children, workshops and art classes for all ages, and Fifth Sunday art talks throughout the year. On a bi-monthly basis, it is the the keystone for CAL’s Gallery Walks, which coordinates art exhibits and musical events at multiple venues throughout the historic downtown district.

National Softball Museum

Museum celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of the sport and it’s players.

Lexington Quarry

Underground facility, geological formations. Tours available by appointment.

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