Gardens, Nature Preserves & Wildlife Areas
Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge- Danville | www.ckwr.org | 859.332.4233
Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge invites visitors to immerse themselves in an undisturbed section of central Kentucky's great outdoors. The refuge is 500 acres, with ten trails that cover the refuge, allowing guest to experience nature the way that it was meant to be enjoyed.
Salato Wildlife Education Center – Frankfort – fw.ky.gov/navigation | 502.564.7863
Information, interactive and interpretive exhibits featuring native plants and animals.
Governor’s Mansion – Frankfort – governorsmansion.ky.gov | 502.564.8004
Dazzling flowers and ornamentals decorate grounds of the mansion and Capitol year round.
Liberty Hall Historic Site – Frankfort – libertyhall.org | 502.227.2560 888.516.5101
The grounds contain a formal boxwood garden with perennial and annual borders.
Cove Spring Park – Frankfort – frankfortparksandrec.com | 502.352.1333
100 acres of wetlands, streams, springs, waterfalls, forested ravines, and other natural and historic features.
Veterans Wildlife Management Area – Georgetown - fw.ky.gov | 800.858.1549
The Veterans Wildlife Management Area has 2500 acres of land fit for hiking, hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching.
Yuko-En on the Elkhorn – Georgetown – kentuckytourism.com | 502.316.4554
Kentucky’s official Japanese friendship garden, the largest garden of its kind east of St. Louis.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill – Harrodsburg – shakervillageky.org | 800.734.5611
The Nature Preserve at Shaker Village manages, protects and shares 3000 acres of original Shaker countryside. Explore restored prairies, woodlands, field and canebreaks by traversing more than 40 miles of multi-use trails.
The Arboretum – Lexington – ca.uky.edu/arboretum/index.php | 859.257.6955
Expansive arboretum features a variety of trees, garden and walking/jogging tracks.
Raven Run – Lexington – lexingtonky.gov | 859.272.6105
A great place to view Kentucky wildflowers Spring through Fall.
McConnell Springs – Lexington – mcconnellsprings.org | 859.225.4073.
26-acre park offers trails and a visitor’s center.
High Bridge Historic Park- Nicholasville | destinationjessamine.com | 859.492.3115
Historiv site includes playground, recreated pavilion, gazebos, overlook extending 35 ft. from 400 ft. cliff to view two rivers and historic railroad bridge.
Springhouse Display Gardens- Nicholasville | springhousegardens.com | 859.224.1417
Themed display gardens designed to give you inspiration. Featured are rain, water, rock, sun mounds and shrub, meadow, hillside shade and dwarf conifer/ ground cover gardens along a meandering trail. Special public programs provided throughout the year.
Wallis Home & Arboretum – Paris
State headquarters of the Garden Club of Kentucky. Four-acres, includes arboretum, daylilies and rose garden.
Quail Point Preserve & Recreational Hunt - Winchester | kyagr.com | 859.744.4860
Bring your dogs, buy the quail, have them released in one of the fields and hunt for four hours. If you do not have dogs, a guide with dogs can be provided at an extra charge.
Lower Howard's Creek - Winchester | lowerhowardscreek.org
240 acres of land located on both sides of Lower Howard's Creek to provide nature education and to preserve endangered and threatened species.
Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary & Audubon Center – Versailles – audubon.org | 212.979.3000
374 acres of self-guided trails to experience a wide variety of habitat and birds.