High Bridge

The High Bridge over the Kentucky River opened for rail traffic in 1877....


The Kentucky River Palisades

The Palisades are the majestic limestone cliffs borne of the oldest exposed rock formations in the...



Phlox and Larkspur along the Kentucky River....



Kayaking on the Kentucky....


Thank you for visiting the Kentucky River Blueway Trail Website. The trail is a 42 mile stretch of river that makes up Jessamine County's southern border running from Valley View to Brooklyn. It's a cooperative effort of the Jessamine County Fiscal Court, along with adjacent counties Mercer, Garrard, and Madison.

The aim of the trail is to provide greater recognition of the many attributes of the Kentucky River basin and to promote tourism and recreation in the area. The Kentucky River and its tributaries are known for excellent fishing, bird watching, hiking, wildflowers and rich historical sites such as Camp Nelson, Valley View, and High Bridge.

The Blueway Trail designation is also an encouragement to individuals to recognize the significance of the area in terms of natural beauty, biology, geology and a variety of animal species. There is no actual footpath or trailhead -- just the gentle flow of the river!

What is a Blueway Trail?


Kentucky River Afghan. Afghan Final July 2014
Show your support for river preservation and history with the purchase of a Kentucky River Afghan from the Kentucky River Task Force of Jessamine County. The full color afghan (click image at left to enlarge) depicts natural and historical scenes along the Kentucky River including: blue heron, the Devil’s Pulpit, High Bridge, Valley View Ferry, and the palisades...more information.

Shaker Village Offers Blue Heron Tours
A great blue heron takes wing from its nesting site in a sycamore tree along the Kentucky river palisades near Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill. The colossal birds stretch up to four feet tall on stiltlike legs, with a six-foot wingspan. Shaker Village is offering two wildlife cruises to the blue ... Read more.

The Kentucky River Task Force

Their mission is to develop, preserve, and maintain the vital and unique viewsheds in Jessamine County working in cooperation with federal, state, and localagencies along with adjoining counties.
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