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Where to hike in and around LEX
Two people hike along one of the Red River Gorge's many trails.
Check out these gorgeous views from the Red River Gorge. | Photo by @billy.hikes
From quick and easy loops around town to drives that take you to fantastic lakes and mountains, our city has so many options to hit the trail. So lace up your hiking boots, because we’ve compiled a hiking guide for the Lexington area with 10 routes and trails to help you plan your next adventure and experience breathtaking views.

Note: While parks and trails may be listed as open, we recommend checking park websites before visiting for further info, current trail conditions, and safest practices for the area.

Key: Easy = 🥾 | Moderate = 🥾🥾 | Hard = 🥾🥾🥾

Lexington

Hisle Farm Park, 3551 Briar Hill Rd.
  • Difficulty: 🥾🥾
  • Length: 3.3-mile loop
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes, leash required
This 280-acre park offers everything needed for hiking and wilderness lovers. With shared equestrian trails, you may get an up-close view of horses along your walk — just make sure to watch your step.

A shaded path surrounded by trees and low-lying plants

Find serenity in nature in the heart of UK’s campus. | Photo by LEXtoday

The Arboretum, 500 Alumni Dr.
  • Difficulty: 🥾
  • Length: 2.5-mile loop
  • Wheelchair accessible: Only at gardens + visitor’s center, the paved path grade exceeds 5% in some areas
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
Serving as a state botanical garden, The Arboretum features a variety of flora-filled paths, both paved + mulched. You’ll forget you’re in the middle of town as you notice the native plant collection through the Walk Across Kentucky along the way.

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Superb sunsets at Shaker Village | | Photo provided by Shaker Village

Harrodsburg

Shaker Village, 3501 Lexington Rd.
  • Difficulty: 🥾-🥾🥾🥾
  • Length: Various
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
Did you know that The Preserve at Shaker Village features 12 trails totaling 36 miles? Three trailheads give access to trails of various levels + lengths across 3,000 acres of land. Designed for hikers, horseback riders, and carriage drivers — cyclists are also welcome, but trails have not been specifically maintained for that purpose.

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    What is most important to you when choosing a hike?

    A. Level of difficulty
    B. Time to complete/number of miles
    C. Unmatched views
    D. It’s all about the hiking location
     
     
    Events
     
    Friday, May 10
    • Pomegranate Warehouse Sale | Friday, May 10-Saturday, May 11 | Times vary | Pomegranate Inc., 527 Lagonda Ave., Lexington | Free | Shop spring + summer table linens, serveware, pajama sets, equestrian collections, and more with special discounts, exclusively in person.
    • “Celebrating Disney Channel” | Friday, May 10-Saturday, May 11 | Times vary | Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St., Lexington | $10 | Cheer on the kiddos from the Lexington Parks & Recreation Kiddie Kapers & Dance Attack programs at their end-of-year recital.
    • Golden Hour: $5 Friday | Friday, May 10 | 5-8 p.m. | Harkness Edwards Vineyards, 5199 Combs Ferry Rd., Winchester | Free, price of purchase | Kick back and soak in the sunset among the vines while sipping specially priced wine, sangria, and cocktails.
    Saturday, May 11
    • Nourishment: The Beauty of Organic Farming | Saturday, May 11 | 9-11 a.m. | Elmwood Stock Farm, 3520 Paris Pike, Georgetown | $0-$18.39 | Take a guided tour with farmer Mac Stone for a hands-on experience learning about the crops and livestock on this organic family farm.
    • Brushes & Blooms: Mother’s Day Workshop | Saturday, May 11 | 10-11 a.m. | CREATE studio, 212 Woodland Ave., Lexington | $25 | Kids ages four and up will love bonding with their mother figure by painting ceramic tea cup planters + receiving a flower for your planter.
    Sunday, May 12
    • Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet | Sunday, May 12 | 11 a.m. + 1:30 p.m. | Lyndon House Bed & Breakfast, 507 N. Broadway, Lexington | $55 | Treat the mother figure in your life to an intimate dining experience, where they can choose from a variety of baked goods, a salad, main course options + sweets.
    • Mother’s Day Ikebana and Sake | Sunday, May 12 | 12-1 p.m. | The Void Sake Company, 949 National Ave., #Ste. 190, Lexington | $35.88 | Sip sake while making your own simple Japanese flower arrangement.
    • Feral Folks: Spring Market & Plant Sale | Sunday, May 12 | 12-4 p.m. | West Sixth Brewing, 501 W. Sixth St., Lexington | Free, price of purchase | Browse a wide selection of handcrafted goods all made from or heavily inspired by nature.
    Thursday, June 6
    • Meet Author and Historian H. W. Brands | Thursday, June 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Ashland - The Henry Clay Estate, 120 Sycamore Rd., Lexington | $50 | Experience a thought-provoking evening with H.W. Brands at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate.*
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    The Louisville music festival worth making the drive for
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    There’s no better pairing than warm weather and live music by the water. | Photo courtesy of Louisville Tourism
    Memorial Day weekend trip to Bourbon City, anyone?

    The inaugural GAZEBO Festival will be held at Louisville’s Waterfront Park on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26.

    Jam out to a stacked lineup of 26 artists, including SZA, Jack Harlow, Vince Staples (and more) at this distinctly Louisville event.

    One-day general admission, weekend, and VIP options are available. Pro tip: Check out these frequently asked questions before you go.
     
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    Sports
    • You’re invited to the first-ever Lexington Sporting Club W League team game tonight at 7 p.m. at Toyota Stadium — and tickets are free. The USL W League is a national pre-professional league in its inaugural season with 44 teams across 20 states.
    Festival
    • In case you forgot, May is Bike Month — and the third annual StreetFest returns tomorrow, May 11, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Bring the whole family out to Oliver Lewis way to bike, walk, skate, and scoot through town, then check out the games, competitions, and food vendors.
    Open
    • If you’re looking for some bright + colorful blooms while supporting local farmers, check out the newly opened Kentucky Flower Market. Located at 329 Saint Clair St. in Frankfort, the shop is open Wednesday-Saturday with varying hours, where you can grab stems, bouquets, or large bunch orders.
    Plan Ahead
    • Interior Yardage will be hosting a Summer Soirée on Thursday, May 23, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Stop by 303 Southland Dr. to shop local makers that will be set up, including Mellen Designs, Pinhook Designs + more.
    Try This
    • Coffee Outside returns this Saturday, May 11 for its monthly coffee outside ride. Those interested in joining should bring their bike, a blanket or camp pad, and their coffee to Woodland Park at 10 a.m. From there, the group will ride together to the final coffee destination.
    Drink
    • T-minus three days until Ale-8 Blackberry returns. The seasonal flavor, which debuted in 2022, will hit store shelves (and the website) on Monday, May 13. (WKYT)
    Finance
    • American Trust Wealth is planting deeper roots in Lexington. How? We’re glad you asked. The firm recently opened a new office (2525 Harrodsburg Rd., Ste. 300) to help improve the customer experience. Learn more about the importance of this new space + how their team can help you reach your financial goals.*†
    Wellness
    • Match with a licensed therapist on Betterhelp and talk anytime, anywhere — phone, video, or text. Get 25% off your first month.*
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    Holiday
     
    Give the gift of quality time
    A floral table cloth with wine, candles, and charcuterie.
    Let Nini at Harkness Edwards Vineyard plan the perfect picnic. | Photo by @harknessedwardsvineyards
    Whether she wants to relax or have a fun-filled day of activities, we’ve got Mother’s Day plans (for all types of moms) that are sure to delight.

    Pro tip: If you’re late to the planning game, send this article to your siblings to start the conversation.

    Wine + dine

    Harkness Edwards Vineyard, 5199 Combs Ferry Rd.
    Skip the dinner reservations and opt for a relaxing afternoon in Winchester’s wine country. From picnics and private tastings to cheese pairings + bouquet building, there are plenty of ways to spoil the special people in your life.

    Relax + shop

    The Sound Healing Center of Lexington, 333 E. Short St., Ste. 320
    Give the gift of me-time at the Weekly Sound Bath, Sunday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. Lay down or rest in a swing as crystal singing bowls relax your worries and melt away tension.

    Mayfest Arts Fair, Gratz Park
    Easy like a Sunday morning. Take a leisurely stroll through the historic park while browsing nearly 100 art vendors, enjoying live music, performances + food trucks.
     
    The Buy
     
    This bestselling cordless table lamp. No cord means it’s ideal for outdoor lounge areas and patios — the rechargeable battery lasts up to 48 hours per full charge. Snag it in black, antique brass, or brushed nickel.
     
     
    The Wrap
     
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    If you’re looking dabble in drawing, check out the Lexington Art League’s Figure Drawing Night tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Loudoun House. BYO supplies + while admission is free, tips for the models is appreciated.
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