Carlisle - Nicholas County, Kentucky

“The Little Town with the Big Heart”

Head just 35 miles northeast of Lexington and you’ll find yourself in Carlisle & Nicholas County, a destination known for picturesque beauty, rolling countryside, quaint courthouse squares, history, hospitality and horse farms. If that doesn’t say Bluegrass, we don't know what does!

Known as “The Little Town with the Big Heart”—or the “The Little Town that Time Forgot,” depending on who you ask—there’s enough to uncover in the scenic drives, shops and dining experiences of Carlisle & Nicholas County to keep a person busy for days.

Keep the journey going with a visit to Daniel Boone’s Cabin, or get in touch with your wild side visiting sloths, capybaras and baby kangaroos at the family-owned Wendt's Wildlife Safari, explore beautiful downtown and Carlisle’s famous Kentucky Doll & Toy Museum and Neal Welcome Center, then get your culinary fill at one of our many excellent local dining options. Whether you’re hungry for adventure, Kentucky history or just a great meal, you’ll find satisfaction in Nicholas County.

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Visit Carlisle - Nicholas County

Picturesque countryside, history, hospitality and horse farms. Find out why we’re “The Little Town with the Big Heart.”

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