Bernheim Arboretum & Forest, Clermont

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a private non-profit, 16,000 acre nature preserve located just outside Louisville, Kentucky.

Over 2,000 acres are open to the public, including natural areas with hiking trails, and a beautiful 250 acre arboretum with lakes, walking paths and over 8,000 varieties of labeled plants.

Bernheim is open every day 7 a.m. until sunset, except December 25 and January 1. Admission is always free for members and free for all every weekday. Weekends and holidays have a $5 environmental impact fee per vehicle for the public.

The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, including weekends. Isaac’s Café is located in the award-winning green Visitor Center with refreshments. Nature classes and group hiking opportunities are available, current offerings are online at

Bernheim is located in Clermont, KY, a short half hour from Louisville. From I-65, take exit 112 and follow the signs. The entrance is approximately one mile from the interstate.

Bernheim is a non-profit organization that relies on memberships, grants and donations for support.
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  • We went to see the giants (coming from Kodak TN) on a beautiful Oct day. My kids were late getting to my house so we didn't leave when we had planned. When we arrived we only had 2 hours to enjoy this...  more »
  • My daughter and I visited Bernheim specifically to see the forest giants. Entry is a donation- suggested $10 per car. We accessed the trail for the giants through the visitor center, where there are b...  more »

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