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Red River Gorge

A top world destination for sport climbing, the Red River Gorge also offers camping, hiking, and even ziplining through 44 square miles located in the Daniel Boone National Forest, an easy drive from Lexington. The canyon system features sandstone cliffs, rock shelters, waterfalls, and more than 100 natural arches.


Located within a 1 hour and 30 minute drive from Transylvania campus.

Kentucky Horse Park

Site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the park is home to horse shows, demonstrations, competitions, and a museum.

4089 Iron Works Parkway
(859) 254-0253

Located within a 17-minute drive from Transylvania campus.

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Located in Fayette County, this 794-acre sanctuary offers hiking trails, special events, and a nature center in the Kentucky River Palisades area. The remains of a grist mill and an early settler's rock wall can be seen from the trails as well.

3990 Raven Run Way
(859) 272-6105

Located within a 30-minute drive from Transylvania campus.

Cave Run Lake

Located near Morehead, Kentucky, Cave Run is an 8,270-acre reservoir in the northern part of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The lake provides boating, fishing, jet skiing, kayaking and canoeing and the area is also known for its camping and hiking and mountain biking trails.


Located within a 1 hour and 40 minute drive from Transylvania campus.

Kentucky River Otter Outpost Canoeing

Located only a few miles from campus, Kentucky River Otter Outpost offers river and palisades tours, along with guided fishing tours. Paddleboats are available for rent.

(859) 699-3400

Located within a 40-minute drive from Transylvania campus.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

At 3,000 acres, Shaker Village is America's largest restored Shaker community and is a National Historic Landmark and nature preserve. Tours of the buildings in the village are offered and special events are occasionally held. A riverboat near the village offers tours as well.

3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg
(859) 734-5411, (800) 734-5611

Located within a 40-minute drive from Transylvania campus.

For more information about what to do in and around Lexington, visit the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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