Nestled in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region, ShelbyKY offers an abundance of natural beauty and opportunities for outdoor adventure. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, an avid hiker, or simply looking to unwind amidst scenic landscapes, charming ShelbyKY has something for everyone. Immerse yourself in nature with these five great things to do outside this summer in ShelbyKY!

Clear Creek Park & Family Activity Center

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WaterparkStart your outdoor escapades at Clear Creek Park, a gem in Shelby County. This expansive park offers a plethora of recreational opportunities, including walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and even a 9-hole golf course! Take a leisurely stroll along the serene nature trails, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy the company of family and friends amidst the park's picturesque beauty. Or enjoy the Family Activity Center's outdoor pool with fountains and a water slide! 

  • 717 Burks Branch Rd.
  • 15026335059

  Healthy minds, healthy bodies is what the Clear Creek Family Activity Center (FAC) can offer you.  Part of the Shelbyville / Shelby County Parks system the FAC has a wide array of social activities, after school camp, special events, aquatic facilities…

Horseback riding at Red Fern Riding Center

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Child horseback riding at Shelby TrailsKnown the world over as the Saddlebred Horse Capital of the World, ShelbyKY is home to one of Kentucky's only horseback riding centers — Red Fern Riding Center. Guests can participate in a leisurely 60-minute guided trail ride through acres of beautiful wooded lands in Shelby County, led by experienced horseback riders and instructors. Or, for adventure seekers, the 90-minute Adventure Ride is the perfect option with more challenging terrain — climb steeper hills, cross creeks, and even have an encounter with wildlife! 

  • 5063 Aiken Road
  • 5024374375

Red Fern Riding Center offers an array of services from guided horseback rides to the general public to riding lessons, horse training, and full-care boarding. In addition, we host community-related events and provide volunteer opportunities for trail expansion, trail and farm…

Enjoy a Day on Guist Creek Lake

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Guist Creek LakeGuist Creek Lake is a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts. With options for boating, kayaking, or paddleboarding on the lake's calm waters, the entire family will enjoy their day at Guist Creek. Fishing is another popular activity, as the lake is stocked with various fish species. Remember to check for any permits or licenses required before fishing, though. And, the new Channel Cat Fish House is a great place to grab a bite after a day on the water.

  • 11990 Boat Dock Rd.
  • 15026475359

  Guist Creek Lake is the county’s largest lake and one of its best kept secrets. In a serene, rural part of the county, deer, turkey, and other wildlife are seen frequently near the water. Our campground is available from March 1st through November for primitive or…

Explore Red Orchard Park

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Family walking through parkRed Orchard Park is a picturesque park that provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Take a leisurely walk or bike ride along the trails, have a picnic in the open green spaces, or try your hand at birdwatching. With a boat launch area, Red Orchard Park is also an excellent place to begin kayaking or canoeing along Clear Creek. The park is also home to Shelby County's only dog park, so your four-legged friends can have an off-leash adventure! 

  • 704 Kentucky Street
  • 5026335059

In March 2007, Clarence Miller officially donated his 131-acre farm, now known as Red Orchard Park, to Shelby County’s Parks Department. Aquilla Whitaker planted the orchard on the land around 1792. Aquilla was a settler in the now Shelby County — Whitaker Station…

Visit Jeptha Creed Distillery

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Bourbon Thief at Jeptha CreedEnjoy a bit of the outdoors while exploring the Kentucky Bourbon Trail! Pay a visit to the Jeptha Creed Distillery and enjoy this family-owned distillery with tasting experiences you can't get anywhere else. The Barrel Tasting Experience is unique among Kentucky's distilleries. During the open-air experience, one lucky guest even gets to help thieve the bourbon straight from the barrel — a bourbon-industry term for pulling bourbon from the barrel with a stave. After your barrel tasting, retreat to the patio for games and good conversation, and even better bourbon.

  • 500 Gordon Lane
  • 15024875007

Jeptha Creed Distillery — the first distillery in Shelby County since Prohibition ended — is run by a dynamic mother-daughter duo, Joyce and Autumn Nethery and family. The ground-to-glass distillery is supported by the Jeptha Creed family farm, which grows and processes the…