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.
Music and fun lovers are invited to celebrate the beautiful Kentucky River with River Blast at First Vineyard & Winery: Concert at the Palisades on August 26 from 6-9 PM at First Vineyard, the birthplace of the wine industry in the United States. Conch Republic Band--a high-energy band known for their performances of beach tunes from artists like the Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffett, will create an over the top evening of fun filled with music, sing-alongs, conga and limbo lines and dance contests. Join us for music, a Grape Stomp, raffles for two kayaks and other items, performances by Sassafras Bluegrass band and storyteller and re-enactor Georgie Riddell, and a fantastic fireworks display to wrap up the evening. Proceeds benefit Bluegrass Tomorrow, Kentucky Riverkeeper, and the Lock 7 Improvement Project. More information, Giveaways & Event Poster.

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.