Adventure Paws: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

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Have you ever wished that you could enter a magical forest and find giants? Would you like your furry, four-legged friend to join you on this search?

If so, I have found the perfect place for you: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.

Always free (donations welcomed), Bernheim Arboretum is a great location for both you and your dog to receive some exercise, while appreciating the wonderful views! As you hike, you’ll see gorgeous plant life, ponds, and even giants.


Located nearly twenty minutes from Louisville, the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a beautiful location full of nature, wildlife, and giants. There are over 40 miles of trails to explore, as you can see on this map.

Although Jackson and I didn’t explore any areas of the forest except for the giant trails, we had a wonderful time! If you ever have the opportunity to visit this location, I would encourage you to do so. However, take some advice from me — do not wear jeans! It was all I had to wear that weekend, but I deeply regret that because it was hot. 

Remember: Your dog must remain on leash. Also, if you go during the summer months, make sure you bring a bowl for water for your pet. Jackson couldn’t get enough water after walking the trails!


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