Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO GALLERY
2499 Clermont Rd., Clermont, KY 40110
Hours: Open daily, 7am to one hour before sunset
Admission: Free during the week, $5 per vehicle on weekends and holidays
Kentucky’s Official State Arboretum, Bernheim boasts more than 14,000 acres of wildlife sanctuary, landscaped gardens and arboretum. Inside Bernheim’s one-of-a-kind visitor’s center are new exhibits, a gift shop, and Isaac’s Café, which offers fresh seasonal menus made with local produce, meats and cheeses. Bernheim offers a variety of programs and events intended to inspire, educate and entertain. Open daily 7am until one hour before sunset. Admission is free during the week and $5 per vehicle on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Knobs State Forest & Wildlife Management Area
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 37.89027, Longitude W -85.6961
Contact: Kentucky Division of Forestry
Operated by the Kentucky Division of Forestry, this 1,500-acre forest is open to foot traffic only.
Directions & Description: Located 28 miles south of Louisville near Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest and the Camp Crooked Creek Boy Scout Camp. It is east of I-65 and south of Clermont, and may be accessed from the west via Pioneer Drive and Crooked Creek RD east of KY 61 and via KY 733 from the south. Boundaries are marked with State Forest and WMA markers as well as red blazing on trees.
There are currently 3 small parking areas, two of which are on the right (south) side of Crooked Creek RD; the first is near the entrance and the second is further down across the creek (there may be running water present, use caution if attempting to cross). The third parking area is at KY 733. An information kiosk (board) is at the first parking area. There is a turnaround at the end of Crooked Creek RD.
The best hunting opportunities are deer, turkey, and squirrel due to the extensive (about 1500 acres) oak-hickory woodland. There are some fields on the area
(about 45 acres) along Crooked Creek RD so rabbit or quail hunting may be fruitful. The area is open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except firearms may not be used to take deer. Trapping is by permit only (call 502-477-9024 to apply).
Do not park in the road or on roadsides; park in one of the three designated areas only.
There are no ponds or lakes on the Knobs State Forest & WMA so fishing opportunities are restricted to Crooked Creek, which is intermittent (the creek dries up periodically). Thus fishing is not recommended.
Owned by Kentucky Division of Forestry and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. Portions purchased with funds from the Heritage Lands Conservation Fund.
Online Resources: Public Hunting Area users must abide by the Kentucky hunting, trapping, and fishing regulations. It is incumbent on persons using Public Hunting Areas to become familiar with these regulations. Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources provides these regulations on our Web site at fw.ky.gov or by calling 1-800-858-1549.
Knob Creek Gun Range
690 Ritchey Ln., West Point, KY 40177
Hours: Wednesday-Monday 9am-6pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Home to the CMT reality series “Guntucky,” Knob Creek Gun Range hosts the nation’s largest biannual machine gun shoot and military gun show in April and October. Knob Creek boasts a 350-yard outdoor shooting range and a full-service gun shop where visitors can buy, sell or trade firearms and browse an unparalleled stock of ammunitions. Used firearms available for rent at the range. Knob Creek’s Range fee is $10 per person per day. Range fee for children 12 and younger is $5. Range fee discount offered with military I.D.
Harold’s Harbor Pay Lake
575 Hwy. 434, Lebanon Junction, KY 40150
Hours: Open 24/7
Phone: 502-356-5598 or 502-416-5714
Slow Poke Farm
8910 Cedar Grove Rd., Shepherdsville, KY 40165
Slow Poke Farm offers a variety of activities and workshops for all ages as well as family dining. Learn a new skill, improve on a hobby, unwind in a relaxing atmosphere, or enjoy delicious home cooking. Reservations required.