From walking to hiking, horseback riding, and even canoeing, kayaking and boating and a wildflower walk…Jessamine County’s trails have something for everyone to do! Check out the list below for a few highlights:
Hiking: Although Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park is known more for its museum, Civil War library, and living history events than its walking and hiking trails, it is also an excellent place to get out doors and truly turn history into adventure.
Over five miles of trails with interpretive markers offer beautiful views of the beautiful central Kentucky landscape while learning about the significant role Camp Nelson played in the Civil War. Camp Nelson Heritage, located at 6614 Danville Road (just a few miles south of Nicholasville) is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 AM-5 PM. Click here to view a trail map. Other hiking trails include: US68 Biking and Walking Trail, Asbury Equine Center trails, Jessamine Creek Gorge, and more.
Riding: Trail Rides at the Equine Center of Palisades Farm offers riders “a relaxing scenic horseback ride through the luscious forested trails overlooking the Kentucky River” on dependable horses. Each trail ride is guided by experienced members of the Equine Center staff.
Enjoy a relaxing scenic horseback ride through luscious forested trails overlooking the Kentucky River. Each trail ride is guided by our experienced staff and steady, dependable horses. Advanced registration is necessary for all rides.
Canoeing/kayaking/boating: Whether you’re in a runabout, a canoe or kayak, you’ll find incredibly beautiful sights, as well as excellent fishing, bird watching, fascinating historical sites, and more along the Kentucky River Blueway Trail–a 42 mile stretch of river that makes up Jessamine County’s southern border running from Valley View to Brooklyn.
There is no actual footpath or trailhead — but a River Guide, Access Points List, and more are available on the Kentucky River Blueway Trail website.
*A handy tip: For facilities such as Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park and Asbury Equine Center, check websites and/or call ahead for info regarding holiday/weekend hours.