While finishing renovations on our house, continuing to travel and explore is still very much important to Ev and I. Since staying closer to home is necessary while trying to get things done, becoming a tourist in our own state is probably my favorite way to keep up our adventurous spirit! We’ve lived in Kentucky for three years now and we still haven’t seen all there is to offer. With that in mind, here is our Spring Kentucky Bucket List!
March 7th : Tickets on sale now! From 3pm – 7pm GA, and starting at 2pm for VIP
Ev and I haven’t been to this festival yet but it’s one we’re definitely ready to try! There is little we love more than craft food and adult beverages, so this is right at home on our Kentucky Spring Bucket List! The featured breweries include the Sun King Brewery who’s new to our foodie neck of the woods, and we’re excited to try them out!
**If you and your partner are going – I highly recommend saving a little cash and buying one sober driver ticket, and one regular ticket! (The event is 21 and older so you can’t bring your kids to drive you home unless they’re of age too! 😉 )
General Admission: Free
This is new in town and I can’t wait for all the flowers to start blooming! We haven’t gotten to go yet but from what I’ve seen looks amazing! Check back soon for a review of the gardens!
General Admission: Free
Trail Head Coordinates:
GPS Coordinates of unmarked trail starting hike to Cloud Splitter
37, 50′ 07.1 N
83, 37′ 15.3 W
GPS Coordinates for the base of Cloud Splitter
37, 50′ 17.5 N
83, 37′ 17.4 W
Nestled in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Red River Gorge is truly one of my favorite places in Kentucky. Cloud Splitter is a relatively difficult trail and not for the faint of heart. Not only do you have to have some serious upper body strength, but this trail also requires a buddy in my opinion! To get to the top (and experience some pretty amazing views), you quite literally have to climb a rope that’s tethered to rock up about 25 feet! (See the first picture below for the rope climb!) In my opinion – the top reason to add this to your Kentucky Bucket List, as a whole, is if you can find ‘the gap’ ( the tunnel of green pictured below). From there climb through to the hidden cave, rewards you with some pretty spectacular views! (Map Here)
(I highly recommend going with friends in case something happens! Any hike like this should not be undertaken unless you are an experienced hiker – and have a plan to get out in case of emergencies. People slip, fall, etc. all the time on hikes that aren’t challenging like this one – so the more safety cautious the better!)
Hours: Open everyday 7am-9:45pm
Address: 1890 Natural Bridge Road • Slade, Kentucky 40376
When you get hungry for lunch after hiking – plan to stop and grab a pizza at the best spot in town Miguel’s Pizza! With a camping area, great outdoor seating, and one of the best veggie pizzas I’ve ever had- this is a great pit stop to stay connected to the Gorge while you eat!
If you’re looking for a way to cool off after hiking or on a hot day near the Gorge, add Ritner Swinging Bridge to your Kentucky Spring Bucket List! This is a great spot in Daniel Boone National Forest that would be really fun with kids and dogs! The bridge itself is 258 feet long and crosses over a shallow creek. I’ve taken my big German Shepherd there to play in the water after a long day of hiking Red River Gorge and it did not disappoint!
To get there, use the interactive map below and click ‘View Larger Map’ for a google maps location!
Dates: 4/25/20 – 4/26/20
Probably one of my favorite things about Louisville is there craft and art scene. The festival is held every year in Cherokee Triangle and it’s arguably one of the prettiest parts of the city with its historic old buildings! From food to custom made bread slicers – you can pretty much find anything craft related to sip on or decorate your home!
Address for the Trailhead: The main trailhead doesn’t have an actual address but is just off KY-21 – Southeast of Berea and plenty of parking is available to walk up to the trailhead! See the map here.
Indian Fort Mountain trail in Berea, Kentucky is a spring or fall hike, just for the sake of the weather. I personally would rate this trail as difficult. There is an uphill trek lasting about a mile and the views at the top are incredible! But again this is why I say add it to your Spring Kentucky Bucket List – you will be getting sweaty and challenging yourself on that mile uphill trek!
We actually forgot where this hike was and only recently did I see a picture of it and remember! I’ll update this post when we visit again this spring with some pictures!!
The adorable patio at Holy Grale is one of my favorite spots for grabbing casual drinks in the spring. Not only is it adorable, but they have a rotating list of craft beers and ciders. Some local brews and some not, but they are so refreshing while sitting in the courtyard (pictured below).
They also have a trendy list of appetizers if you’re feeling a bit munchy! Personally we love their pretzels and beer cheese.. it’s drool worthy.
One of my favorite patios and awesome drinks! Spring is a beautiful time to visit the location out in Oldham County because their wisteria blooms into a beautiful purple canopy! The beer garden isn’t open yet for the season but check their Facebook page here for updates. One of the best parts of the Beer Garden is that its family and pup-friendly so I’ll be bringing Thunder along sometime soon! Visit their website here for more information and directions!
Arguably one of the prettiest spots to take in some majestic Kentucky scenery within an hour of Louisville! Not only is this where we did our engagement pictures, but the overlook from this spot is spectacular! Bernheim Forest is also home to the three wooden forest giants, created by artist Thomas Dambo. Probably one of my favorite spots to imagine taking our future kiddos adventuring here in Kentucky, besides the Gorge!
Kentucky is home to a whopping 73 working distilleries. While many are familiar with the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, those aren’t the only distilleries worth visiting! To get a glimpse of some breathtaking grounds in the spring, there are a few that we’ll be hitting this spring and have done in the past!
For starters, Castle and Key is one we’re highly anticipating and we’ll be headed there at the end of March with some family. They aren’t a bourbon distillery but they do amazing gin and vodkas! As more of a gin fan personally – I’m really excited, and this distillery definitely belongs on your Spring Kentucky Bucket List! Here are a few shots from their Facebook that have us highly anticipating the trip:
For a few more beautiful spring tours, we highly recommend:
The best time of the year in Louisville is when the air starts to smell like horses. To some that may not sound pleasant, but to any true Kentuckian.. we know the smell of horses like we know the burn of bourbon.
Ev and I don’t gamble when we go, but we love the atmosphere and the exhilaration of watching the horses run! I think the best and most relaxing days are Thurby and Oaks if you’re local! To get more of a star-studded feel – Saturday of the Derby is the day for you. Either way, have a Pink Lilly or a Mint Julep and enjoy!
If you want to check off all of these spots off the list this Spring, save the Pin below so that you can come back to it!