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“An Absolute Treasure”

Bernheim Arboretum & Forest
Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Clermont
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 22 June 2013

FORGET THIS PLACE...unless you want to see nature at its finest. Beautiful throughout and extremely well-maintained. It offers drive-by scenery, wonderful and diverse hiking trails, educational opportunities, a nice little café and gift shop, and a very polite and available staff.
Outdoor sculpture is scattered throughout the more civilized areas. They welcome tourists and the local community equally. And on most weekdays, there is no usage fee. You can spend time in the more developed areas, be somewhat secluded on the back of the lake, or very isolated in the more remote areas as you drive deeper into the park and then hike even farther.
No matter what you choose, one thing is clear...nature is the top priority here. It truly is an absolute treasure.

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Reviewed 17 June 2013

Seriously, no matter what you want to do that involves outdoors, I can't imagine that you can't do it at Bernheim. From well-manicured fields to forest, hiking trails, lakes, fish, turtles. You can go there every weekend for the summer and not see 1/2 the place. There are picnic grounds, playgrounds, outdoors arts, a nice central lodge with displays, ice cream, and a pond. An old springhouse is one of my most favorite places. My camera never runs short of things to shoot in Bernheim, the only thing I ever run out of is daylight. :)

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Reviewed 28 May 2013

This place is wonderful. Lots of well marked trails in meadow and forest surroundings. We saw many people fishing in their lake, enjoying picnics or just relaxing in beautiful surroundings. The property is very well maintained, a distinct and pleasurable difference from the woeful Reflection Riding Arboretum near Chattanooga. Don't miss it while driving through the area and visiting the Jim Bean distillery across the highway.

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Reviewed 22 May 2013

We were visiting the new Jim Beam Bourbon Trail center and went across the street to Isaac's Cafe in the middle of a beautiful park. Had a great homemade soup and sandwich. Nothing fancy but it hit the spot, and the setting was beautiful!!

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Reviewed 13 May 2013

Lush green in spring, a visual delight, peaceful, serene, with opportunities abounding for walkers, hikers, runners, and even folks who like to fish! Reminds me of Cade's Cove, TN, without the crowds...excellent picnic spots, nice sculptures and art inset with nature, this park is a beauty! The auto loop makes it available for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

We did the new Elm Lick Trail, a moderate 5-mile hike which was enough to stretch our legs and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. There are shorter hikes, all loop trails at this point. One short trail called the Canopy Tree Walk is like doing a zipline, you are level with the tree tops!

The visitor center has a good cafe, the cookies and lemon pie were scrumptious! Bought some unique KY food gifts to take home at the gift shop, which has a nice selection of items for all interests and ages.

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Artmuse1, Public Relations Manager at Bernheim Arboretum & Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2013

Thank you for your recent review of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. We are glad you had an enjoyable experience and please come see us again soon.

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