Mac’s Lake from the Nursery Loop hiking trail.

Bernheim Arboretum

Location: About 25 miles south of downtown Louisville, Kentucky. General info: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is privately-run and consists of 14,378 acres. Their goal is to connect people with nature. They have programs plus on-site learning opportunities. There is a café, gift shop, and rest rooms in the Visitor Center. The schedule of hours and fees is fairly involved; check the website before you go. My info: Several pictures in the 3F79 17 album on Facebook and a day-of review from February 10, 2017 on the 3F79 17 page of this website. Hiking: Tons of trails, some 35 miles’ worth according to the website. Several are less than one mile long; the Overalls Loop is just 0.25 mile. The longest is the Millennium Trail at 13.75 miles. Challenge varies from easy to difficult. Road riding: I like to do laps of the Arboretum Way/Visitor Center Drive loop, about a third of which is a dedicated bike lane. Each lap is 1.75 mile with just over 100 feet of climbing. The climb to the fire tower is about 5.5 miles out-and-back, depending on where you start, with roughly 400 feet of climbing; it’s a good, steady climb. It’s also fun to ride the other loops to Ten Toms and Guerrilla Hollow. I recommend against riding on Kentucky 245/Clermont Road, which has high-volume, high- speed traffic and virtually no shoulder. Mountain biking: The website says “Bernheim has over 35 miles of trails available for hiking and biking.” Not quite true. There is one MTB trail (the Bike/Hike Trail) and it has precious little singletrack. But it’s fun and would be a good place to ride with the family or new riders. I recommend using the trailhead parking lot at the western end of the trail, near the Jim Beam Distillery. Parking at the east end is nothing more than a spot for a few vehicles on the shoulder of the road. The trail is an out-and-back of less than 8 miles with about 425 feet of total climbing. It lies in a little strip of land Bernheim owns on the north side of 245/Clermont Road. Food: Your only option on site is Isaac’s Café. Lots of natural ingredients and some of the produce is sourced from their on-site garden. Our experiences there have ranged from pretty good to really wonderful. Maps: Bernheim has lots of maps on their site; use them. Google Maps is wildly inaccurate. Street and lake names are wrong; Google implies you can ride from a parking lot within Bernheim to the Bike/Hike Trail but there’s a locked gate preventing you from doing that.

Summary: A gestalt day

There’s no single feature of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest that makes it worth visiting, but add it all up and it’s a great destination. Scripture: A psalm by David. The earth and everything it contains are the LORD'S. The world and all who live in it are his. (Psalms 24:1, God’s Word translation)
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Bernheim Arboretum

Location: About 25 miles south of downtown Louisville, Kentucky. General info: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is privately-run and consists of 14,378 acres. Their goal is to connect people with nature. They have programs plus on-site learning opportunities. There is a café, gift shop, and rest rooms in the Visitor Center. The schedule of hours and fees is fairly involved; check the website before you go. My info: Several pictures in the 3F79 17 album on Facebook and a day-of review from February 10, 2017 on the 3F79 17 page of this website. Hiking: Tons of trails, some 35 miles’ worth according to the website. Several are less than one mile long; the Overalls Loop is just 0.25 mile. The longest is the Millennium Trail at 13.75 miles. Challenge varies from easy to difficult. Road riding: I like to do laps of the Arboretum Way/Visitor Center Drive loop, about a third of which is a dedicated bike lane. Each lap is 1.75 mile with just over 100 feet of climbing. The climb to the fire tower is about 5.5 miles out-and-back, depending on where you start, with roughly 400 feet of climbing; it’s a good, steady climb. It’s also fun to ride the other loops to Ten Toms and Guerrilla Hollow. I recommend against riding on Kentucky 245/Clermont Road, which has high-volume, high- speed traffic and virtually no shoulder. Mountain biking: The website says “Bernheim has over 35 miles of trails available for hiking and biking.” Not quite true. There is one MTB trail (the Bike/Hike Trail) and it has precious little singletrack. But it’s fun and would be a good place to ride with the family or new riders. I recommend using the trailhead parking lot at the western end of the trail, near the Jim Beam Distillery. Parking at the east end is nothing more than a spot for a few vehicles on the shoulder of the road. The trail is an out-and-back of less than 8 miles with about 425 feet of total climbing. It lies in a little strip of land Bernheim owns on the north side of 245/Clermont Road. Food: Your only option on site is Isaac’s Café. Lots of natural ingredients and some of the produce is sourced from their on-site garden. Our experiences there have ranged from pretty good to really wonderful. Maps: Bernheim has lots of maps on their site; use them. Google Maps is wildly inaccurate. Street and lake names are wrong; Google implies you can ride from a parking lot within Bernheim to the Bike/Hike Trail but there’s a locked gate preventing you from doing that.

Summary: A gestalt day

There’s no single feature of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest that makes it worth visiting, but add it all up and it’s a great destination. Scripture: A psalm by David. The earth and everything it contains are the LORD'S. The world and all who live in it are his. (Psalms 24:1, God’s Word translation)
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