Explore Our Great Outdoors
Boyle County is home to a beautiful landscape replete with tranquil waterways, wildlife, and thousands of acres of field and forest areas perfect for exploration, relaxation, and rediscovering nature through horseback riding, bird watching, hiking, biking, running, canoeing, kayaking and fishing, to name a few. When you're in Boyle County, you'll want to get outside and enjoy all the outdoor activities we have to offer.
TAKE A HIKE
The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge (left) is situated a short drive from Danville, complete with a 500-acre preserve that is home to a wide variety of birds, plants and other wildlife that showcase the natural beauty of the region. Perryville Battlefield is not only a significant historic landmark but also a scenic and relaxing hiking spot, with over 20 miles of trails. In neighboring Mercer County, you can enjoy over 3,000 acres of pristine field and forest at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.
Just across our county line in neighboring Garrard County, you can explore over 800 acres of Kentucky River palisades hiking at the Tom Dorman State Nature Preserve. Other area hiking spots include the Dupree Nature Preserve at the Kentucky River Palisades, the Sally Brown Preserve, and the Crutcher Preserve.
GO FOR A SPIN
Danville's cycling community is active and vibrant, with an ever-expanding network of mixed-use trails, bike lanes, and community bike rides through our scenic backroads. Danville Bike and Footwear, our family-owned downtown bike shop, services the entire county and beyond, providing much-needed repairs for locals as well as bike tourists traveling across America.
The bike shop also serves as a hub for information on our wealth of local running and biking groups, maps and routes, and race information. The shop also organizes local community races like the Twinkie Run and Constitution Square 5k, both of which are over 30 years old.
TAKE A DIP
Boyle County is home to Herrington Lake, the deepest lake in Kentucky. Bring your own canoe or kayak and put in at Gwinn Island to enjoy paddling amid great blue herons, bass, bluegill, and more. Join local fishermen and see what you can catch!
Just over the county line, you can canoe, kayak, and fish at Cedar Creek Lake, a 784-acre waterway maintained and stocked with trophy-size fish by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Our county's rolling hills and scenic backroads make it a runner's paradise, and our running community is a strong and growing one, with 5K, 10K, and half-marathon races happening in our area nearly every weekend of the year. Find a schedule of local runs here.
Danville and Boyle County offer a variety of different parks and public recreation areas, including Millennium Park, Henry Jackson Park, and Junction City Park.
Millennium Park is replete with walking/running paths, playgrounds, a dog park, skate park, playgrounds and pavilions, as well as baseball and soccer facililities. At the center of the park, a pond and fountain are available for fishing or feeding ducks.
Quietly tucked away in a residential area, Henry Jackson Park serves as a great recreational spot for all ages. The walking trail tracing the perimeter of the park provides a nice track for walking, jogging or biking, and the playground area and pavilions are great for summer picnics. Jackson is also home to Danville's only disc golf course, and due to the hilly terrain, it can be challenging! The park also includes two baseball fields, a basketball court and a tennis court.
TAKE A SWING
Old bridge golf Club, a semi-private venue near the banks of Herrington Lake, was constructed in 1989 and has 18 holes that span 6,790 yards. Danville Country Club is a private facility that opened in 1924, and in 1998 it added the clubhouse that holds a five-star restaurant, card room, locker rooms and shower facilities. The 18-hole venue also has tennis courts and a swimming pool.
Pack your bags and come discover the outdoors in Danville and Boyle County!