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Carrollton in Carroll County

Point Park
Point Park is located on land at the confluence of the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers. Point Park is owned by the City of Carrollton and available to the public with boat ramp, gazebo and playground. The park is fully equipped with electric, water and gas capabilities throughout the facility. It is the stage for many civic gatherings such as the Two Rivers Tobacco Festival, Blues to the Point, Bluegrass Music Bash, occasional theatrical productions as well as the landings of riverboats.

Williamstown and Crittenden in Grant County

Betty's Iris Gardens  
8265 Dixie Hwy., Williamstown, KY 41097; 859-824-7915
Open mid-May through mid-June. Two large gardens blooming with over 1000 hybrid irises. No charge admittance.

Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Area & Lake Leary  
Crittenden, I-75 Exit 166 to KY 491 E., 859-824-3451  
1,179 acres of virgin forest, nature trails, archery, trap and skeet ranges and fishing.

Owenton in Owen County

Elk Creek Hunt Club

A world class shooting sports facility that is located off US Highway 227 South. Enjoy sporting clays, archery and more at the facility which hosts the annual Kruger Cup - a tournament which draws shooting's best to the area each spring.

Eagle Creek Recreation Area and Elmer Davis Lake
Offers public fishing and outdoor recreation.

Pheasant Ridge Hunting Club, Park Perkins
(502) 484-3260
email: Pheasant Ridge Hunt Club
web address:

Nestled in beautiful Owen County Kentucky, we are located within an hour's drive of Cincinnati, Lexington, Frankfort and Louisville. Pheasant Ridge provides upland gunning the way you remember it; golden days afield in natural surroundings, with good companions, great dog work, and lots of hard-flying birds.

Falmouth in Pendleton County

Thaxton's Licking River Canoe Rental
Falmouth, KY 41040; 859-472-2000
Located next to the US 27 bridge that spans the Licking River, 19 miles south of the intersection of I-471 and US 27. Offering canoe, kayak, raft and tube trips on the Licking River and its tributaries in Pendleton County. Day trips range in price from $10/person plus tax to $25/person plus tax. Multiple-day trips, primitive riverside camping, and cabin rentals available. Visit the web site of Go Paddle 4 Fun - - Bringing People, Paddlesports Providers and Waterways Together.

Robertson County

Kentucky Nature Preserve
Hike through the 15-acre preserve or on one of our five trails, refresh with a swim in the junior-Olympic size pool, or test your skills at 18-hole miniature golf.  Join in planned recreation, scheduled year round. Two picnic shelters are available for rental and children can play at several playgrounds located through the park.

Flemingsburg and Wallingford in Fleming County

Fox Valley Recreation Area
218 Fox Valley Lake Rd., Wallingford, KY 41093
606-849-2143. email:
Offers a 75-acre lake with boat dock, fishing, hunting, picnicking, camping and nature trails.

Hutton Loyd Tree Farm
1483 Big Run Road, Wallingford, KY  41093
606-876-3423, Offers 1,200 acres dedicated to woodlands, non-commercial wildlife reserve sections, fishing lake, nursery, horseback riding, and hiking and hunting club.

Mandolin Farm
387 Owns Lane, Flemingsburg, KY 41041
Home of Fleming County's Bluegrass Festival on Labor Day weekend; has a campground and lake.

Evergreen Hills Maze
Cemetery St, Flemingsburg, KY 41041
606-849-2952 or 606-782-1459,
Over 12,000 pines form more than 300 rooms to make the largest permanent hedge maze in the US, covering 15 acres. Open weekends September - October and other times by appointment.

leming County Public Wildlife Area
A huge, 2070-acre wildlife area full of a wide range of animals
including squirrel, deer, grouse, dove, raccoon, quail and rabbit.
A great place to fish, hike, or just enjoy the outdoors.
Primitive camping. Owned by KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Call 606-686-3312 for additional information.

Park Lake Mountain Nature Preserve
Wallingford, KY 41093
443 acre nature preserve with variety of plant species; soon to have walking trails


Lewis County

Kinniconick Creek
The avid fisherperson will want to try their hand at the fighting muskie in Kinniconick Creek. This mountain stream is so long it misses being classified as a river by one mile and is one of the few places the fighting muskie may be taken.

Union, Walton, Idlewild and Petersburg
in Boone County

Boone County Arboretum
9190 Camp Ernst Road
Union, KY 41091
Office 859-384-4999
Boone County Arboretum at Central Park, the nation's first arboretum within an active recreation park setting. We are located just outside Union, KY. A short, 25 minute drive southwest from downtown Cincinnati, OH will put you in Northern Kentucky's only arboretum. There is no charge for admission or parking. The Arboretum is open daily from dawn to dusk for your year-round enjoyment of our more than 2,700 trees & shrubs. Our collections will captivate everyone from the avid plantsman to the average homeowner. You will see specialized arrangements of plant families to obscure selections rarely observed by the public eye. To insure our plants thrive in even the worst of droughts, we have a 41,000 linear foot computerized irrigation system.

Ellis Farm
262 Chambers Road
Walton, KY 41094
(859) 485-6596
Full and partial care horse boarding, outdoor and arena riding, plus banquet facilities.

First Farm Inn
2510 Stevens Road
Idlewild, Ky 41080
(859) 586-0199
Bed and breakfast for people and horses – featuring horseback riding, year-round hot tub, in-room or hot stone massages, winter ski packages and numerous farm, horse care and riding activities.

Split Rock Conservation Park
4503 Belleview Road
Petersburg, KY 41080
(859) 689-9999
Outdoor learning center with programs on ecology, archeology, geology and local history, showcasing Boone County’s natural biodiversity and the spectacular geological formation, Split Rock.

Jane’s Saddlebag
13989 Ryle Road
Union, KY 41091
(859) 384-6617
Big Bone Lick, Kentucky – specialty food and events, nature walks and outdoor porches, interpreted history and antiques and a farm animal petting zoo.

Big Bone Lick State Park
3380 Beaver Road
Union, KY 41091
(859) 384-3522
62-site campground with a swimming pool and playground, 1.75-acre fishing lake, hiking and picnic areas, miniature golf and other recreation activites.


Augusta in Bracken County

The Augusta Riverpark, public boat launching facility. Slips available for the summer season, call 606-756-2183 for more information.