Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, and Frankfort, KY Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The very heart and soul of Kentucky is “The Bluegrass,” a seven-county area centering upon Lexington in the north-central part of the state. This is the land of wide, rolling pastures framed with tidy, white-plank fences, where thoroughbreds graze and colts frolic in the sun. Up on the rise there is generally a handsome old home, headquarters of the estate. Bluegrass country is the birthplace of bourbon and home to the mint julep and burgoo. Juleps are a mixture of bourbon, simple syrup, and crushed wild mint.
Burgoo is a tasty stew of beef, poultry, vegetables, and sometimes wild game for extra zest. And the grass is not blue at all, unless allowed to “top out” in seedlings, which have a bluish tint. But the calcium-rich grass is prized for its role in developing the blueblood thoroughbreds so beloved of the horse-racing world. The 75-mile trip takes about an hour and fifteen minutes, passing through lovely, hilly countryside, where farms raise mostly corn, soybeans, tobacco, hogs, and a few head of cattle. You will see the nation’s only park devoted to the love of horses, the beautiful and aristocratic old city of Lexington, and Frankfort, capital of the commonwealth."