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Bernheim Arboretum & Forest

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Great place to have a snack at Issacs Cafe at the visitor center and also do some hiking. On... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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All About Nature

We went hiking here on a mild November Saturday. There are many trails to choose from and you can... read more

Reviewed November 27, 2018
Lexington, Kentucky
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Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a private, non-profit educational and recreational nature preserve located 20 minutes from the Louisville airport in Kentucky. Bernheim, founded in 1929 by philanthropist Isaac Wolfe Bernheim, opened to the...more
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2499 Hwy. 245, Clermont, KY 40110-013
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to have a snack at Issacs Cafe at the visitor center and also do some hiking. On weekends cost $5 per car load, weekdays it’s free

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed November 27, 2018

We went hiking here on a mild November Saturday. There are many trails to choose from and you can pick up maps and get advice inside the visitors center. We took the trail around the lake and then the sunset trail which combined was around...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

Wow Wow wow is all I can say. Weekdays is free and worth taking a day off to go during this time. So peaceful and beautiful with no interruptions. We were there at the end of the fall colors but still so beautiful. Loved that...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank heleneware
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

Right now it is a fall fantasy land but it is a beautiful place throughout the year. Every time I come here I find new treasures. Great place for families, couples, soloists. There is a good sized lake with a shoreside trail, a variety of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed the Colorfest and did some easy walking along some of the nature trails near the Visitors Center. Great place to walk and observe nature.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Cliff T
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Got the chance to visit this great natural place,its nice area to spend a day with few quick easy hikes,very well maintained. They have cafe too which can be used to relax. The day we visited it was raining and all cloudy,so we were not...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

We wanted to take a walk and selected the Bernheim Arboretum and were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful walking trails. There are maps in the visitor center that provide the time for a variety of the walks. There is a nursery, arboretum, prairie, forest trails,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RobinT804
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

This place is very cool for high school kids college games and boy scouts. My Boy Scout Troop would here for the day and we had extra time just some fishing some hiking and get to learn a little bit about the area also it's...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Charles R
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

We visited Berheim Forest on a Sunday afternoon. Although it never felt "crowded", we all felt that we have preferred a weekday next time.a We went on a few short hikes, and loved the way the park and trails were maintained... very clean. We also...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mitchell C
Reviewed June 24, 2018

Being avid hikers, we try to combine nice walks with other activities while exploring an area. We were in Bardstown, KY in early June to tour some distilleries and check out the Bernheim Forest. Wow, what a great find! There are basically two parts at...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Michael C
September 5, 2017|
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Response from Jeffrey G | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we walked our large dog on the trails using a leash.
April 13, 2017|
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Response from Usonian64 | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe there is WiFi on site. but as noted in other answer post, that would be the number to call to verify. otherwise they can accommodate gatherings in a number of spots through out the park, if you have a... More
February 18, 2015|
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Response from Bernheim1 | Property representative |
Thank you for contacting Bernheim. There is a one time daily charge of $5.00 per car each weekend day. There is plenty of parking options. Just to be clear, we do not offer camping sites in the arboretum or research forest... More