Outdoor Adventures2018-08-26T19:07:47+00:00

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

NATURAL WONDERS

No place on earth is as beautiful as Central Kentucky. And Danville-Boyle County offers so many ways to enjoy it all, from a lazy summer-afternoon picnic in the park to photographing rare bird species to a thrilling climb along the cliffs of the Kentucky Palisades.

BIKE

PARKS

GOLF

HIKING

BIRDWATCHING

LAKES & CAMPING

Bike

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Weekly Group Rides

WEEKLY EVENT

Weekly Group Rides

Our local bike shop, Danville Bike and Footwear, hosts weekly group rides that leave from the shop every Wednesday evening at about 6 p.m., weather permitting. If you happen to be in town mid-week, you’re always welcome to jump in with some locals, who know all the best back roads.

417 West Main Street, Danville, KY 40422

+1 (859) 238-7669

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Mountain Bike Park

MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK

Mountain Bike Park

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Cycling Trails

MAP MY RIDE

Cycling Trails

Danville is home to a vibrant and growing bicycling community, making it the perfect place to pedal to your heart’s content. If you’re going to be cycling in or around our area, you’ll want to check out the routes on Map My Ride. This website will help you create and discover new cycle routes in Danville.

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Parks

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Constitution Square Historic Site

HISTORIC PARK

Constitution Square Historic Site

Constitution Square Park’s white frame buildings, well-manicured grounds and stately central sculpture are a lovely and educational setting for outdoor fun and relaxation in the birthplace of the great Commonwealth of Kentucky.

105 E Walnut St, Danville, KY 40422

+1 (859) 236-7794

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Old Fort Harrod State Park

STATE PARK

Old Fort Harrod State Park

A full-scale replica of the fort built by James Harrod in 1774 is the centerpiece of this historic site. Its cabins and blockhouses are furnished with handmade utensils, furniture, crude tools and implements used by the pioneers. The park complex also features the historic Mansion Museum, the George Rogers Clark Federal Monument, the Lincoln Marriage Temple, and the oldest cemetery west of the Alleghenies.

100 S. College Street, Harrodsburg, KY 40330

+1 (859) 734-3314

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Henry Jackson Park

RECREATIONAL PARK

Henry Jackson Park

Quietly tucked away in a residential area, Henry Jackson Park serves as a great recreational spot for all ages, with walking and biking trails, a playground, pavilions, baseball, basketball and tennis facilities, and Danville’s only disc golf course.

826 Crosshill Road, Danville, KY 40422

+1 (859) 238-1233

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Lexington Ave Water Education Park

WATER EDUCATION PARK

Lexington Avenue Water Education Park

In addition to regular playground equipment, this new park features a rain garden, splash pads, and educational spaces that teach visitors about the water cycle and show how their actions can impact water quality.

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Millennium Park

RECREATIONAL PARK

Millennium Park

The signature facility of this park is Millennium Lake. Fish off the bank, or enjoy watching the many ducks that call it home. Plenty of greenspace, playground equipment and sports facilities round out the offerings.

1000 Cunningham Way, Danville, KY 40422

+1 (859) 238-1233

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Mountain Bike Park

MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK

Mountain Bike Park

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Golf

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Danville Country Club

COUNTRY CLUB

Danville Country Club

This private facility first opened in 1924, and in 1998 it added a clubhouse with a five-star restaurant, card room, locker rooms and shower facilities. The 18-hole venue also has tennis courts and a swimming pool.

1486 Lexington Road, Danville, KY 40422

+1 (859) 236-7197

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Old Bridge

GOLF COURSE

Old Bridge

Old Bridge Golf Club, a semi-private venue near the beautiful banks of Herrington Lake, was constructed in 1989 and has 18 holes that span 6,790 yards.

1 Old Bridge Road, Danville, KY 40422

+1 (859) 236-1237

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Hiking

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Perryville Battlefield

HISTORIC PARK

Perryville Battlefield

Perryville Battlefield is not only a significant historic landmark but also a scenic and relaxing hiking spot. Pick up a map at the museum to navigate over 20 miles of self-guided trails, each with interpretive signs explaining the history, geography, and wildlife of the region. As you walk through the same beautiful Bluegrass woodlands that the soldiers of Perryville saw a century and a half ago, you’ll be walking back into the past while experiencing the timeless beauty of nature.

1825 Battlefield Road, Perryville, KY 40468

+1 (859) 332-8631

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Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge

WILDLIFE REFUGE

Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge

The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge is situated a short drive from Danville and includes a 500-acre preserve that’s home to a wide variety of birds, plants and other wildlife, showcasing the varied natural beauty of the region. Five main trails traverse the refuge. Perhaps you’ll try the easy, half-mile Bluebird Trail, which circles Island Pond and wends through a meadow planted with warm-season native grasses. Or challenge yourself to the Ridge Trail, which leads you up and down three crests of Huckleberry Ridge.

HWY 37 600 Carpenter Creek Road, Parksville, KY 40464

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Shaker Village

HISTORIC LANDMARK

Shaker Village

Visit nearby Shaker Village, where you can enjoy over 3,000 acres of pristine field and forest that still looks much like what the community’s founders saw in the early 1800s. Follow the Towering Sycamore Trail to see the stately, white-barked American Sycamores there. Try the Anderson Loop, which traces along stone fences and working farm fields. Or take the Palisades Loop for lovely views of waterfalls and limestone cliffs.

3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg, KY 40330

+1 (800) 734-5611

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Tom Dorman Nature Preserve

NATURE PRESERVE

Tom Dorman Nature Preserve

Protecting 908 acres, including the spectacular 220-foot palisades along the Kentucky River, the Tom Dorman Nature Preserve offers a chance to see the unique assortment of bird species that call this geologically and biologically diverse country their home.

37°45’54.3″N 84°37’37.9″W, Lancaster, KY 40444

+1 (502) 782-7839

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Birdwatching

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Perryville Battlefield

HISTORIC PARK

Perryville Battlefield

1862’s Battle of Perryville was the most important Civil War engagement fought in Kentucky; some historians believe it was as decisive as any fought during the Civil War. Take a self-guided Perryville Battlefield Walking Tour, or visit in October for the world-famous annual reenactment.

1825 Battlefield Road, Perryville, KY 40468

+1 (859) 332-8631

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Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge

WILDLIFE REFUGE

Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge

The refuge’s Fred Loetscher Bird Blind offers close-up views of feeding birds for study and photography. Common resident species include northern cardinal, blue jay, Carolina chickadee, American goldfinch, downy woodpecker and white-breasted nuthatch.

HWY 37 600 Carpenter Creek Road, Parksville, KY 40464

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Shaker Village

HISTORIC LANDMARK

Shaker Village

Shaker Village’s 3,000 acres offer a variety of birding opportunities. From open grasslands, to savanna zones and forests, to placid ponds and wet or dry stream beds, these diverse habitats attract an assortment of bird species throughout the year.

3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg, KY 40330

+1 (800) 734-5611

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Tom Dorman Nature Preserve

NATURE PRESERVE

Tom Dorman Nature Preserve

Protecting 908 acres, including the spectacular 220-foot palisades along the Kentucky River, the Tom Dorman Nature Preserve offers a chance to see the unique assortment of bird species that call this geologically and biologically diverse country their home.

37°45’54.3″N 84°37’37.9″W, Lancaster, KY 40444

+1 (502) 782-7839

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Lakes & Camping

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Lake Herrington

LAKE

Lake Herrington

This man-made 3,600-acre lake, created in 1925, is the deepest in Kentucky. It is abundantly stocked for fishing enthusiasts, with bluegill, catfish, crappie, hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass and white bass, and it’s the perfect playground for many outdoor and recreational sports.

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Pioneer Playhouse Campground

CAMPGROUND

Pioneer Playhouse Campground

There’s no better place for a family stay than the campground at Pioneer Playhouse. Visit the Turn of the Century Pioneer Village, enjoy dinner and a show, treat the family to ice cream at the Palace of Sweets, then tuck into your tent at this campground, which features two bathhouses and also water and electric access at each of its 35 sites.

840 Standford Avenue, Danville, KY 40422

+1 (859) 236-2747

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Awards, Achievements and Accolades

Danville is a wonderful place to visit, live and work. But you don’t have to take our word for it! Our city has won so many awards recently…
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