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Bernheim Arboretum & Forest

#2 of 2 things to do in Clermont Features Animals
2499 Hwy. 245, Clermont, KY 40110-013
+1 502-955-8512
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Back to nature

Love going here with friends and family. There are all kinds of trails - short, long, hilly, flat... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
via mobile
Just a beautiful place

After visiting the Jim Beam Distillery, just up the road, we stopped here in hopes of a little hike... read more

Reviewed 26 May 2017
Jeffrey G
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Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a private, non-profit educational and recreational nature preserve located 20 minutes from the Louisville airport in Kentucky. Bernheim, founded in 1929 by philanthropist Isaac Wolfe Bernheim, opened to the public in 1950. More than 200,000 annual visitors connect with nature by enjoying over 32 miles of hiking trails, a Canopy Tree Walk, a Children’s Play Garden, year-round educational programs and events. Bernheim, steward to 14,500 acres of natural lands, includes a nationally-recognized, 600-acre arboretum designed by the landscape architecture firm of Frederick Law Olmsted. The arboretum contains over 8,000 plant species including the renowned Hubbuch Holly Collection. Bernheim has won numerous awards on sustainability initiatives including LEED® Platinum for the Visitor Center, which was the first Platinum award in Kentucky and surrounding five-state region. Isaac Cafe is open from 11-4 daily and serves soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts.
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2499 Hwy. 245, Clermont, KY 40110-013
+1 502-955-8512
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love going here with friends and family. There are all kinds of trails - short, long, hilly, flat, some with creek crossing, all kinds. Love seeing all the nature, plants and animals. This is great for all ages! We've been to many events here and...More

Thank KentuckyJen
Reviewed 26 May 2017

After visiting the Jim Beam Distillery, just up the road, we stopped here in hopes of a little hike with our dog. What a fantastic arboretum. It is very large with many trails and if you just want to drive through it, the drive is...More

Thank Jeffrey G
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Simply a gorgeous place to visit without any sort of agenda. Go, wander the woods, the pond, the memorial. Take in the gardens as well as the many pieces of unusual artwork tucked in and about the grounds. Trails are of varying lengths from handicap...More

Thank Suzanne F
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

This was my and my boyfriend's favorite stop of our trip to KY. Beautiful and easy to get around. The cafe sold delicious food with local ingredients. This was the highlight of our trip.

Thank krismikk131
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

We never pass up an arboretum, and we enjoyed our visit to Bernheim. We found this place on a busy Saturday and we were happy to see so many families and kids exploring the woods. There were naturalists assisting in the Visitor's Center. There is...More

Thank teachem4
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

What a fabulous way to spend a sunny day! This is our first time in the Louisville area and decided to spend the day at Bernheim. It was sunny and 70 degrees and no wind. There is a $5 per vehicle charge on the weekends...More

Thank Lynne A
Reviewed 27 March 2017

the reason I am rating this so low is because we arrived to find they charge to enter a state park and we found that to be absurd

Thank K2955ABjasonb
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Just down the road from Jim Beams facility, and just off I 65. A drive through arboretum with plenty of pull offs if you prefer, as well as numerous walking trails. Beautiful plant life and tree foliage 3 seasons of the year. Great picnic site,...More

Thank Usonian64
Reviewed 5 March 2017

I've been visiting here for a long time and really enjoy the trails. It's right off the interstate, but still peaceful enough to feel as though you've left town. Great for hikes, picnics, and quiet.

Thank Troy M
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

We went on a short one and a half mile hike with our four year old and he loved it! The trail was fantastic and the canopy tour was wonderful. We went up to fire tower and a very nice gentleman gave us a history...More

Thank meagan3131
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Terrie B
14 April 2017|
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Response from Usonian64 | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe there is WiFi on site. but as noted in other answer post, that would be the number to call to verify. otherwise they can accommodate gatherings in a number of spots through out the park, if you have a... More
18 February 2015|
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Response from Bernheim1 | Property representative |
Thank you for contacting Bernheim. There is a one time daily charge of $5.00 per car each weekend day. There is plenty of parking options. Just to be clear, we do not offer camping sites in the arboretum or research forest... More