Kentucky River Palisades

Nicholasville, Kentucky 40340

Kentucky River Palisades

Kentucky River Palisades Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This short walk down to the banks of the Kentucky River allows you to admire the towering palisades that line both sides of the river. In the early evening the tops of the Kentucky River Palisades gleam in the setting sun. This is a good hike anytime, but it’s especially nice when the last rays of the day are lighting up the 200- and 300-foot cliffs that line the river.

This short hike takes you from the top of the gorge on the river’s south side down to what used to be a ferry landing, although nothing is now left except the remains of a house. Most of the walking is on old roadbeds, and despite the elevation change, the grades are not severe. Originally this approximately 817-acre area was called the Palisades State Nature Preserve."

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7/20/2018
This a nice hike by the river but it can be a bit muddy. The trail isn't always well maintained and signage could be better. It's never very crowded though and the scenery is very nice and it's a peaceful spot.
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10/7/2010
Lovely easy hike. Steep down but a gentle slope upwards. Beautiful scenic trip. 2.6 miles in approx 1.5 hours with small child in carrier.
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4/2/2010
Fantastic trail for a family or just to take ur buddies out and enjoy some sunshine. This trail was my 1st official Hike since I was a kid. I loved it and had a blast today out on this trail with 2 of my neighbor buddies. Taking our sweet time it took us about 1 1/2 hrs to complete. I agree with the above posters, start this trail hike from left most entrance from the parking area. Starts you out downhill this would be a real tough climb back out if you ended on the left.
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3/11/2006
I enjoyed this trail on a warm day back in the winter. I found it to be a delightful hike. On the day I went I came across a couple hikers on the trail and two more getting ready to hike when I came off the trail. Start with the trail on the left side of the parking lot. this will have you going down hill. this side is fairly step. the other side is vary gradual. Great trail
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3/10/2006
2 Stars = Ky River & Palisades and a hard climb back up the hill. I would go in reverse - that may make the climb a little easier.
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Trail Information

Nicholasville
Nearby City
2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, (502) 573-2886
Local Contacts
USGS Wilmore
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018