Old Frankfort Pike named Lexington’s newest National Scenic Byway

A roundabout with a big bronze horse statue in the middle.
This 3,800-pound bronze Secretariat statue welcomes guests along Old Frankfort Pike. | Photo by LEXtoday

On Wednesday morning, city officials and guests celebrated the designation of Old Frankfort Pike as a National Scenic Byway. They also officially opened the Visitors Viewing Area which features a 3,800-pound bronze statue of Secretariat + interpretive panels that tell stories of the area.

The National Scenic Byways Program is a voluntary, community-based program from the Federal Highway Administration that recognizes + protects America’s most eye-catching roads.

In order to receive a designation, the road must feature at least one of these six core qualitiesscenic, natural, historic, recreational, archaeological, or cultural.

Old Frankfort Pike’s designation means that this stretch of beautiful bluegrass countryside has features that do not exist elsewhere in the United States + is unique enough to be a tourist destination.

Have we caught your eye yet? Well if we haven’t, these drives certainly will. We’ve listed out a few of our favorite must-see State + National Scenic Byways

Midway-Versailles | US-62 | 6.3 miles

  • The route is full of exactly what you’d expect — rolling hills, elaborate barns + horse-filled fields — thanks to farms including Adena Springs, Stonewall, and Lane’s End.

Lexington-Versailles | Pisgah Pike | 5.1 miles

  • You guessed it, more horse farms. But we’re also treated to a little history with the 1812 Pisgah Church. Wildflowers + bright trees await in the largest rural historic district in Kentucky.

Lexington-Harrodsburg | Shakertown Road | 2.4 miles

  • It’s definitely the longer route to Harrodsburg, but #worthit. Along this stretch to the historic Shaker Village is one of the longest continuous stretches of hand-laid stone fences in the state.

Stanton-Leeco | Red River Gorge Scenic Byway | 46 miles

  • Worth the drive, the Red River Gorge area offers winding roads, arches, caves + amazing hiking with cliff lines in every direction.