Hike along the Equine Center’s nature walking trail (open year round), or take a guided riding tour of 6 miles of trails. At one point, you’ll find yourself approximately 400 feet above the Kentucky River, gazing down at one of the most beautiful views in the world—the Kentucky River Palisades.
BGSL, Kentucky’s largest sporting league is located on a 1400 acre facility and is home to over 300 wildlife species. Call ahead to arrange a tour; paintball is also available for non-members during weekend hours.
Check out the archaeological treasures and fascinating depictions of life at the Civil War Union Army Depot where thousands of African Americans eventually gained their freedom. Walk the park’s interpretive trails to view the beautiful central Kentucky landscape while learning about the role Camp Nelson played in the Civil War.
Call ahead for guided tours and hear the history of the old farmhouse, natural spring and limestone walls. Opt for a self-guided tree walk or wildflower walk, and keep an eye out for the Persian Parrotia, a unique ornamental tree with bark that looks like camouflage, and the Seven Son “flower” that is actually a small tree with white peeling bark. All tours are available during regular operating hours only.
Chrisman Mill Vineyards & Winery, and First Vineyard, the site of the first commercial vineyard and winery in the United States, offer tasting rooms and visitor tours. Take a Chrisman Mill winery tour at Chrisman Mill and get a close up look at the wine making process. At First Vineyard, prepare to be fascinated by owner Tom Beall’s knowledge of the vineyard’s history and its connection to historical figures such as Daniel Boone and Thomas Jefferson.
Call ahead to arrange visits with an assortment of critters, from a fainting goat to Sebastopol geese, and a peek inside a carefully restored 1820’s log cabin that serves as the farm’s gift shop/studio.
Visit for a close up look at the 4000 locks on display at one of the largest museum of its kind in the world. Visitors are offered a free tour led by resident lock experts and historians.
Come visit Taylor Made, a 1,100 acre Thoroughbred paradise located in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Tour participants will 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 unless otherwise noted by tour guide. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or purchase tickets online now at www.visithorsecountry.com/visit-taylor-made..
Jessamine County Historical & Genealogical Society
216 N. Farmers Square, Nicholasville, Ernestine Hamm, 859-885-6240. Historical and genealogical records and displays. By appointment.
Jessamine Creek Gorge Conservation Area
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, cliff lines and caves, extensively wooded ravine slopes, and adjacent uplands with remnants of ancient high-level gravels. Reservations required for guided tours. 859.492.3115
Nicholasville and Wilmore Downtowns
National Register of Historic Places sites with a multitude of diverse lodging, eateries and services
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