Visiting Woodford County for adventure? You’re our kind of person! Come explore what we have!
If you want to see horses, check out our amazing tour recommendations in our itineraries. If you want to actually ride a horse however, here are some venues to do so:
Woodford County offers some of the best cycling roads you will find anywhere. Rolling hills, green pastures, stone fences, rivers, streams, and horse and cattle farms line our lightly-traveled and well-paved roads. Ride through the northern and central portions of Woodford County for a quintessential horse country experience. Stop and tour Woodford Reserve Distillery and spend a little time browsing in Versailles and Midway. If you’re looking for a bit more than rollers, take a ride through beautiful Southern Woodford County, to Nonesuch, where you can stop and visit the good folks at Irish Acres Antiques and The Glitz restaurant, a uniquely Woodford dining experience.
If you’re interested in riding with others, check out the Bluegrass Cycling Club website at bgcycling.net – The Bluegrass Cycling Club offers group rides for all paces and abilities every day of the week from March through October, including a ride from Historic Midway on Wednesday evening.
To get you started on your Woodford County adventure, we’ve provided links to a few maps and cue sheets below. These routes are all on lightly traveled roads, although in some cases, routes travel on busier roads for short distances. Please be sure to make sure all roads included on a route are open and that there is no road construction before embarking on your ride. Also please familiarize yourself with the rules of the road relating to bicycles in Kentucky. You can view or download a brochure using this link : http://transportation.ky.gov/Bike-Walk/Documents/Bike%20Law%20Brochure.pdf
There is a public bike Fixit station located in Midway, at the intersection of Main Street and South Gratz Street should you need to air your tires, or to make minor bike repairs.
If you need help along the way, look for a Bluegrass Bike Partners decal or sign.
These decals and signs indicate that a business, farm, church, or other location displaying the logo is bicycle friendly. There are several Bluegrass Bike Partners in Woodford County ready to welcome and assist you.
Maps and Cue Sheets
The Midway/Versailles Loop (26 miles) – This route is suitable for most riders. It features rolling hills and passes by several horse farms. The cue sheet begins in Midway. There is plenty of parking on Main Street and nearby side streets in Midway.
Versailles to Nonesuch Loop (46 miles) – This route is more challenging and includes steeper ascents and descents. There is a convenience store in Nonesuch that can be used as a rest stop. Irish Acres Antiques and The Glitz restaurant are also located on Ford’s Mill Road in Nonesuch.
Historic Pisgah Pike and The Castle Loop from Midway (41 miles) – This route is an intermediate level loop that includes some larger rollers. The route travels down beautiful Pisgah Pike where you can see Winstar Farm, Pisgah Presbyterian Church, and Castle Post.
Routes to Woodford Reserve
Hillier Option from Versailles (18 miles) – This route takes you down to the Kentucky River and up the locally famous “Clifton the hard way” climb. Following a few rollers and a nice descent on Watt’s Ferry, you’ll turn on to the beautiful McCracken Pike. Stop and visit the distillery then continue on into Versailles on McCracken Pike http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1149856
Flatter Option from Midway (24.5 miles) – This “lollipop” route from Midway to Woodford Reserve features rolling hills and is suitable for most riders. There is a descent of approximately 1 mile on Duncan Road with gentle curves leading to the town of Millville.
If these routes aren’t what you’re looking for, or you have questions or need assistance, please call the Woodford County Tourism office and we will put you in touch with a local cyclist who will be able to assist you in planning your Woodford County cycling trip.
Want to do some mountain biking while visiting Woodford County? Well, you’re in luck!!! There are several mountain biking trails in the area. Check these out:
The trails at Life Adventure Center are some of the newest in the area. The trails are a bit more technical and include rocks and roots. Currently 6 miles of trails are finished and another 4 are under construction. Note that these trails are sometimes closed for hunting events, so please call in advance if you want to ride there. For more information:
Skull Buster –Stockdell Road, Stamping Ground, KY (Scott County) – 12 miles of trail with a mix of beginner and intermediate terrain. For more information use these links:
Capitol View Park Glenn’s Creek Road, Frankfort, KY (Franklin County) –12 miles of trail – Beginner to intermediate level located on the Kentucky River. For more information:
You can find additional trails in nearby Louisville and Lexington as well as Laurel Lake and Cave Run Lake. Use this link for information on mountain biking trails in Kentucky
The Woodford County Park has a nationally recognized course we highly recommend! Also follow them for tournaments and other disc golf news!
The Falling Springs Natatorium includes an 8 lane, 25 yard lap competition lap pool, therapy pool and an outdoor Splash Pool that operates during the summer months complete with water slides, vortex, lazy river and play features.
Our general fitness area provides everything you need for a cardio or strength training workout.
Group cycling room with 16 bikes, an aerobics studio complete with exercise balls, bands, jump ropes, dumbbells, mats and more. Indoor running/walking track and basketball courts.
We have a full set of Life Fitness machine weights, roman chair, assisted dip/pull-up machine and 2 cable cross-over machines.
The free weight area includes incline, decline and 2 flat bench presses, 4 adjustable benches, squat rack, smith machine and leg press.
Eckert’s Orchard opens each May when the delicious Strawberries speckle our fields, and close for the season after harvesting an amazing variety of bright pumpkins! We grow super sweet peaches, blackberries, grapes, pears and over 30 varieties of apples – from June through November. Apples will be in our market and, after Labor Day you can even pick your own.
Operating out of the Woodford County Park the Bluegrass Railroad Museum offers an 11 mile, 90 minute round trip train excursion ride throught the Horse Famrs of Central Kentucky. The track is open all the way to the Kentucky River including a rebuilt wooden trestle 105 feet long and 18 feet high. Come and ride “Back to the River” to view Youngs High Bridge built in 1889. Visit the new railroad museum in the rebuilt depot showcasing artifacts of Kentucky’s railroad history.
Nostalgia Station Toy and Train Museum in Versailles, Kentucky, features antique toys and trains from the 1890’s to the 1990’s. There are two operating dealer type train layouts (1926 version and 1956 version) in the museum along with several hundred Lionel, American Flyer, Ives, Marx, Bing, Carlisle & Finch, Dorfan, and Hafner trains and accessories in various gauges and styles.
We are a Lionel “Value Added” authorized dealer selling train sets, accessories, track, and related items.
The museum has been operating since July, 1987 at its current location in a vintage 1911 Louisville and Nashville Railroad Passenger Station. There are over 100 linear feet of lighted display cases housing vintage toys and trains, and two operating train layouts. To learn more visit them on Facebook.
The Midway Museum and Visitors Center has great walking and driving tour options that are rail related and some memorabilia to celebrate our great Midway downtown built on rail that still exists today.
The Jack Jouett House Historic Site is a historic house museum was the home of Captain John (Jack) Jouett, Jr., the Revolutionary War hero whose 40-mile ride through the backcountry of Virginia most likely saved American Independence. In Kentucky, Jack was a legislator, farmer, horse breeder, and distiller.
The museum is open April through October on Fridays (noon-5), Saturdays (10-5), Sundays (1-5), and Mondays (10-noon) and by appointment all year. The frontier homestead includes a 1780’s stone cabin, used as a kitchen by the Jouetts, and a 1797 Federal-style brick house with parlor, dining room, and three bedrooms. The grounds feature a Colonial Herb Garden and a Native Tree Walk.
The Woodford Club is a full golf course, pool and tennis club and is home to the site of the Jack Jouett Tavern, a great local restaurant to try!
Falling Springs Park & Recreation Center & The Woodford County Park – Falling Springs is the home to the Woodford Theatre and acres and acres of fun! Whether it’s swimming in an indoor/outdoor pool, water slides and with water features, running the trails of the park, exercising, taking classes or attending an event, there is so much to do and see at our County’s park!