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Bernheim Arboretum & Forest, Clermont

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Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • Great stop! Lots of trails for walking and seeing the Forest Giants is awesome. Even with covid social distancing was followed by everyone. The visitors center and bathrooms are closed because of...  more »
  • Just love Bernheim! I always come away feeling relaxed. Many trails, art installations and opportunities to connect with nature.  more »
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