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Bernheim Arboretum & Forest, Clermont

#4 of 29 in Wildlife in Kentucky
Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
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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  • My husband and I spent a few hours in this beautifu forrest. There are Giants to search for and many plants and flowers and trees that I've never seen before. Pet friendly. Many places to sit and....  more »
  • The wood giants are BEAUTIFUL!!! Tip: If you cant or don't want to hike to all the giants you can drive to the general area of 2 out of 3 giants. Little Elina will need to be hiked to but she is...  more »

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