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Bernheim Arboretum & Forest

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Address: 2499 Hwy. 245, Clermont, KY 40110-013
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Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a private, non-profit educational...

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 public in 1950. More than 200,000 annual visitors connect with nature by enjoying over 32 miles of hiking trails, a Canopy Tree Walk, a Children’s Play Garden, year-round educational programs and events. Bernheim, steward to 14,500 acres of natural lands, includes a nationally-recognized, 600-acre arboretum designed by the landscape architecture firm of Frederick Law Olmsted. The arboretum contains over 8,000 plant species including the renowned Hubbuch Holly Collection. Bernheim has won numerous awards on sustainability initiatives including LEED® Platinum for the Visitor Center, which was the first Platinum award in Kentucky and surrounding five-state region. Isaac Cafe is open from 11-4 daily and serves soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts.

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Amazing hiking trails and friendly people

We went on a short one and a half mile hike with our four year old and he loved it! The trail was fantastic and the canopy tour was wonderful. We went up to fire tower and a very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a short one and a half mile hike with our four year old and he loved it! The trail was fantastic and the canopy tour was wonderful. We went up to fire tower and a very nice gentleman gave us a history of the park. They have a great playground for children. Plenty of beautiful things to... More 

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Lewis Center, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

4 1/2 hours into the first day of our trip, we stopped at Bernheim to enjoy a walk around the park and woods. We ate a good lunch at Issac's Cafe and throughly enjoyed this stop.

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Louisville, KY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

On a beautiful fall day we drove to Bernheim Forrest for a enjoyable nature hike with a docent who was not only knowledgeable but truly enthusiastic. It's been many years since we had been here but will make more visits in the future. The visitor's center was very attractive with friendly staff to boot. The cost is $5 per carload... More 

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Phoenix
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

If your looking for something free to do, this is definitely the place. Visiting during the fall, you are exposed to the beauty of fall. All the colors, the sounds and the amazing smells. You can bike ride or simply picnic. The cafe located at the visitor center is a very good choice if you get hungry. If it gets... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Best place for a picnic!! Awesome playground and picnic area. The grounds are Perfect for a hike or walk around the lake. Love it

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Shepherdsville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

A great place to take the family for a weekend picnic, a brisk hike through the woods, or just to commune with nature. I'd love to go more often, but work tends to get in the way.

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Right off of I-65 on the same route you take to get to the Jim Bean distillery, this place is just beautifully maintained and so wonderfully tranquil. If all you want to do is take a break from riding in your car on a long trip or if you love seeing all sorts of trees and shrubs (identified) in an... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

After leaving the Jim Beam distillery, we rode through the Bernheim Arboretum. This is a very pretty spot. If you have time to stop and walk through the arboretum or just sit and look at the beautiful views, I recommend it.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Great place to spend some time in the great outdoors. The forest has a number of trails of varying length and difficulty, all of which are easily accessible. For a unique experience, don't miss the tree canopy overlook. Staff on hand was friendly and knowledgeable, pointing out areas of interest and trails that fit what we were looking for. An... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We drove by this on our way to the Jim Beam Spirit House. After a littler research we decided to come back the next day with our dog. This is a real gem. Educational, Beautiful. Mr. Berheim was way ahead of his time and we should all be grateful that he rehabilitated this to a previous prairie/forest area.

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