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Top 5 Outdoor Adventures In Georgetown, Kentucky

Written by Dylan Marson

When you plan a visit to Kentucky, you simply can't overlook the sheer volume of outdoor adventures to be found around every creek & holler. Travelers are looking for ways to get off the beaten path more than ever to find those hidden gems of natural beauty, so whether you're lacing up your hiking boots or jumping into the saddle, you'll want to mark down these five ways to get up-close with the wild side of Georgetown, Kentucky.


 1. Whispering Woods Riding Stables

Sitting on roughly 250 acres of beautiful forested pathways, Whispering Woods Riding Stables offers visitors the opportunity to experience Kentucky in the most natural way possible...by horseback! Catering to all experience levels, it's the perfect destination for first-time riders who want something a little more adventurous than a flat track their first time in the saddle.

During the stable's 45 & 90 minute trail rides, riders receive instruction from expert trail guides as they tackle uneven ground, ride up & down slopes & push off of trees throughout the densely wooded area. Each ride is tailored to a group's overall skill level, so every experience is truly unique as you tackle the network of rugged trails and challenges. For children under the age of eight, pony rides are also available.

At the end of the day, you can't really say you've experienced the Bluegrass if you haven't been on a horse, so don't miss this awesome opportunity to get outdoors like a true Kentuckian. 



2. Horse Country Scenic Drives

Experienced roadtrippers know that finding the perfect scenic drive is an imperative for any adventure on America's roadways. Located in the heart of Central Kentucky's iconic horse country, Georgetown and its surrounding neighbors have no shortage of beautiful scenic byways that guide visitors through a world of rolling pastures, stone fences & Kentucky's equine residents. Whether you're exploring on your own or following along one of our scenic driving tours, a picturesque drive through Bluegrass beauty awaits in all directions.

These scenic byways also extend into the surrounding Bluegrass Region, connecting historic downtowns full of wonder with countless sites that will make for the ultimate Joy Ride experience.  



3. Lytle's Fork Recreation & Conservation Area

This tract of Kentucky woodland offers miles of well-maintained trails for hikers & bikers alike. Best known as the home of Skullbuster Trails, mountain bikers are a common sight as they test their offroading skills on nearly a dozen miles of intermediate trails & challenges. Featuring multiple moderate trail loops filled with limestone rocks, rooty sections, hidden meadows and lots of natural and human-made obstacles, these challenging bike trails make the perfect place to put your skills up against Kentucky's natural beauty.

For hikers, the well designated signage and varying paths make for an excellent outdoor adventure. Being on foot will give you the chance to truly take in the scenic views and meadows. Just be sure to bring a buddy and to remain on the officially marked pathways. Dogs are welcome on the trails so your furry friends can make the perfect trail partners.


4. Getting On The Water

Known as one of Kentucky's longest and loveliest creeks, Elkhorn Creek is more of a river to the locals who take advantage of its winding waterways everyday. Whether you're fishing, kayaking or simply enjoying the views, there's definitely more than one way to enjoy it too! Providing 17 miles of adventure, two forks of Elkhorn Creek join east of Frankfort and cut through Scott County, ending at the Kentucky River.

For visitors looking to get out on the water, Kayaking the Midway provides rental services so you can paddle around the entire day. The overarching canopy of trees bordering either side of the creek provide shade & plenty of habitat for Kentucky's animal residents, so make sure to bring your phones in waterproof containers. You'll definitely want them so you don't miss a single photo opportunity.

Eagle Creek in neighboring Sadieville also offers a great destination to put in your boat or kayak. Another tributary of the Kentucky River, its long meandering stream provides miles of waterways for fishing, putting in a boat and enjoying a relaxing day on the water. The dense canopy surrounding it provides shade very similar to the Elkhorn.

See our map of boat ramps & water access points below:


5. Veteran's Wildlife Management Area

A variety of game species as well as migratory birds, reptiles and amphibians make their home in the 2,500 acres of hardwood forests, shrublands, grasslands and pond of Scott County's Veterans Wildlife Management Area. Wildlife lovers and outdoor adventurers in search of a more rugged and untamed experience need look no further. Popular during hunting seasons for turkey, squirrel, groundhogs and other game, the area also attracts fishing enthusiasts who cast out into its two-acre pond full of bluegill, largemouth bass and channel catfish.

It is reccomended to consult the Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide and Spring Hunting Guide for more information about season dates, licenses, permits, etc. These guides are available on the department's website at www.fw.ky.gov and wherever licenses and permits are sold. The Kentucky Fishing and Boating Guide is also available on the website.

For more information about the Veterans Wildlife Management Area, visit https://app.fw.ky.gov/Public_Lands_Search/detail.aspx?Kdfwr_id=9202. See the map at https://fw.ky.gov/More/Documents/Veterans_Memorial_WMA_all.pdf. Get updates on the WMA's Facebook page or call 859-428-2262 or 800-858-1549.

Author: Dylan Marson

Dylan Marson is the Public Relations Assistant for Georgetown/Scott County Tourism.