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?


2016 River BlastKentucky River Blast.
The Kentucky River Blast is a fabulous day of music, arts and crafts, sportsman and historical exhibits, fireworks and more, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the historic First Vineyard. The Pops at the Palisades concert includes performances by Asbury University Orchestra, Young at Heart Big Band, and the Eastern Kentucky University Traveling Cellos. Activities include story telling performances, a dry land paddle race, and archery demonstrations. First Vineyard is perched above the Kentucky River at the site of the first commercial winery in North America at 5800 Sugar Creek Pike in Nicholasville. Table for 4 - $100. Tickets online at bluegrasstomorrow.org. Lawn chair and blanket tickets on sale at site - $5 per adult. More information.

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.

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.
Learn more.