Visit Harrodsburg, KY
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Experience the unexpected discoveries and adventures that await you in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Venture through 40 miles of walking, hiking, biking and horseback riding trails at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and indulge your passion for the great outdoors.
Take in the sites of the Kentucky River Palisades, the limestone rock cliffs along the river basin, go horseback riding, and engage in all the beautiful scenery of the area.
For adventure and outdoor fun, here’s where to start.
ANDERSON-DEAN COMMUNITY PARK - 200-acre recreational complex includes an aquatic facility, 2-mile walking/bike trail, children’s playgrounds, 2 picnic shelters, meeting room w/kitchen, baseball, soccer & softball complexes, lighted basketball, sand volleyball & tennis courts, 18-hole disc golf, lighted softball batting cages, ping-pong courts, horseshoe pits and skateboard park. HOURS: Gates close at 11 p.m.
1501 Louisville Road (US Hwy. 127 N); 859-734-9167;
BIG RED STABLES - Enjoy more than 200 acres of beautiful riding space on guided trial rides. (12 yr. Age minimum, 220 lb. Weight limit) HOURS: Daily, 9 a.m.-Dark; by appointment only. ADMISSION. 1605 Jackson Pike (Off US Hwy. 127 N); 859-734-3118;
BIKE TRAILS - Cycling enthusiasts will enjoy spectacular scenery found along the backroads and byways adorned with rolling bluegrass farmlands, sprawling horse farms, and pastoral countryside dotted with a wealth of historical and cultural legacy. A rewarding experience awaits the mountain biker or the road cyclists. Scenic US 68 Byway, TransAmerica and Midland Kentucky Bike Trail Routes travel through the community. (Local Bike Trail map under development.)
BLUE WATER TRAILS - Explore the diverse waterways that meander through the country's beautiful landscape. The Kentucky, Dix, Chaplin, and Salt Rivers provide excellent streams for fishing, canoeing, rafting or kayaking, while Herrington Lake boasts a 3600-acre playground for many outdoor and recreational sports. (Blue Water Trail map under development.)
DIXIE BELLE RIVERBOAT - Shaker Village operates the 115-passenger riverboat Dixie Belle. The river cuts through 400 million year-old rocks to form the massive Palisades. Along the excursion route, these cliffs tower hundreds of feet above the river, creating a majestic limestone canyon, complete with sparkling waterfalls and a close-up of the river flora and fauna. HOURS: May through October, departure times vary. Private charters available. ADMISSION.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill; 3501 Lexington Road (US Hwy. 68 E)
859-734-5411 or 800-734-5611;
Historic Downtown District – Antiques, crafts, gifts and specialty shops, restaurants, bakery
HISTORIC HARRODSBURG WALKING & DRIVING TOUR - Many of Harrodsburg’s historic buildings and pioneer-era stations are highlighted on a self-guided walking/driving tour. Whether you travel by foot or car, you’ll learn what role the historic attractions and architecture played in the heritage of our people. Most of the tour’s components are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and encompass over 200 years of history. You’ll pass by stately pre-Civil War homes, churches and businesses-all prime examples of various styles of architecture used in Kentucky from the 1700s up to the Great Depression of the 1930s. A tour brochure is available at the Diamond Point Welcome Center.
488 Price Avenue, P.O. Box 283; 859-734-2364 or 800-355-9192
OLD FORT HARROD STATE PARK - A full-scale replica of the fort, built by James Harrod in 1775,
is the centerpiece of this park. The cabins and blockhouses are furnished with handmade utensils, furniture, crude tools and agricultural implements used by the pioneers. Costumed interpreters demonstrate pioneer crafts, and a live animal corral adds to the “living history” experience. (Living history craftspeople demonstrate mid-April through October.) The park complex also features the Mansion Museum, a Greek Revival home built in 1830. The museum houses an outstanding collection of Civil War history, Native American artifacts, gun collection and more. Other highlights within the park are a pioneer cemetery, the Lincoln Marriage Temple housing the cabin where Abraham Lincoln’s parents were married and a George Rogers Clark Federal Monument. HOURS: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 16 through October 31; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., November 1 through March 15. (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas week & weekends December through February.) ADMISSION.
US Hwy. 127 & US Hwy. 68, PO Box 156; 859-734-3314
OLDE TOWNE PARK - This city park contains a unique piece of public art, which is wholly in character. The centerpiece for the park is a 14 x 32-foot cascading fountain by local artist Zoe Strecker. Inspiration for the fountain came from the dramatic limestone gorge of the Kentucky River known as the “Palisades”. The waterwall is high relief ceramic sculpture, shaped and fired as 8 x 16-inch tiles in Strecker’s studio. Native floras are featured on the tiles, which are the backdrop for the waterwall, evocative of the spring runoffs that trickle down the face of the palisades at the river. There is a platform area in front of the fountain, which can be used as a stage, allowing the park to serve as the site of live entertainment. HOURS: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
125-127 S. Main Street; 859-734-2364 or 800-355-9192
PALISADES ADVENTURES - Enjoy breathtaking scenery on the Kentucky River and marvel at the
majestic palisades as you explore between Locks 6 & 7. This pool is home to the Dix River, which boasts world-class trout fishing. RENTALS: Kayak or Canoe TOURS: 2-hour pontoon boat tour. SEASON: Open Spring – Fall (Call ahead for scheduling.)
6716˝ Lexington Road, (US Hwy. 68E); 859-612-8826
SHAKER VILLAGE OF PLEASANT HILL - Forty miles of well-marked hiking, biking and horseback
riding trails provide both the day hiker and the horseback rider an opportunity to view one of the most beautiful and historic areas of central Kentucky. Brochure and trail map available. ADMISSION (riders/turnouts/stall rentals); free to hikers.
3501 Lexington Road (US Hwy. 68 E); 859-734-5411 or 800-734-5611;