The Preserve

Discover a Surprising World of Adventure

The Shakers were drawn to this site for its rich natural resources—fertile land, plentiful water sources and strong limestone. Today, The Preserve conserves and shares native prairies, woodlands, watersheds, fields, canebrakes and diverse wildlife—all perfectly framed by miles of hand-laid rock walls. Go on a new adventure every day as you crisscross 3,000 acres of streams, forests and wide open spaces.

Unleash your trailblazing spirit as you search for critters in the creek, spark a child’s interest in nature and even find a little peace of mind. But don’t stop there—continue your exploration in The Historic Centre and The Farm!

Explore Our 3,000 Acres of Discovery

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Hike, Bike, Run, or Ride Our 40-Mile Trail System

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The Trails

Traverse The Preserve by Horse or Carriage

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The Stable

Must-See Adventures in The Preserve


Hit the Trails

Discover 40 Miles of Fresh Air Adventure

Our 40-mile multi-use trail system allows hikers of all ages and skill levels to roam at their own pace—whether you’re a walker, hiker, runner, bicyclist or horseback rider. Begin your adventure at the Centre Trailhead—featuring family-friendly trails, a bird observation blind, Shaker mill sites and more. The trails are open every day from sunrise to sunset.


Add Birds to Your Bucket List

Discover a Bird-Lover's Paradise

With the highest diversity in Kentucky, The Preserve is a sanctuary to more than 200 species of local and migrating birds. Search for migrating Warblers and Tanagers in the spring, and get to know our local Bob-O-Links and Henslow’s Sparrows during the summer months. Visit our 280-square-foot bird blind, and watch chickadees, cardinals, blue jays and other wildlife.


Hunt for Wildflowers

Discover Showy Prairie Wildflowers

Discover hundreds of wildflowers throughout The Preserve. Find every shape and shade of natural beauty along the trails. The spring wildflower blooming season runs from February through early June, with peak blooms in mid-April. Mid-July brings peak summer wildflower blooms. In the spring, the forest floor is carpeted with Trilliums, Fire Pink and Blue Phlox, and in the summer, the prairies are full of Pale and Purple Coneflowers, Butterfly Milkweed and Black-Eyed Susans.

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WaterFest Photography Contest

Discover Countless Water Features

Join us for one of our photography hikes or capture images of your own hike into The Preserve, and submit your best work for the WaterFest Photography Contest. Submit up to three photographs of any of the waterfalls, creeks, rivers and ponds found on Shaker Village property. Winning photography will be on exhibit and seen by thousands of Shaker Village guests. Amateur and professional photographers welcome.


Play in the Prairie

Discover Space for Play

COMING SOON! The natural prairie playscape is full of fun exploration for all ages. Turn the kids loose to find their way through the prairie maze, run through giant sunflowers and travel through the natural obstacles. As spring turns into summer, the natural playscape will grow and grow.

Saddle Up for a Ride


The Stable at Shaker Village

Discover The Preserve on Horseback

Bring your horse and ride The Preserve’s trails by horseback or carriage. The trail system includes 33 miles of horseback riding and carriage-friendly trails. Please note that Shaker Village does not provide horses. Trailer parking is available at The Stable.

Daily Equestrian Trail Fee: $10 person
Annual Equestrian Pass: $150 per person (non-transferable)
Six-Month Equestrian Pass: $100 (if purchased after July 1)

Daily registration is required. Guests may self-register with exact cash amount at The Stable or purchase passes at the Admission Booth or the Trustees’ Office.

Overnight Boarding
The Stable offers 20 stalls, bedding, five large paddocks, trailer parking and a heated tack room with running water. Boarding reservations are required—call 800.734.5611, ext. 211.

Nightly Stall Fee: $20 per horse
Nightly Paddock Fee: $10 per horse

Habitat Restoration and Conservation


Native Prairie Restoration

Discover Conservation in Action

Over the last 10 years, Shaker Village has restored more than 1,200 acres of native prairie to re-establish one of the rarest ecosystems in North America. The results have been extraordinary—60+ coveys of wild Northern Bobwhite quail (the highest density of this declining species in the state), more than 200 species of breeding and migrant songbirds and 450 plant species. Recognized as a national model for large-scale habitat management, The Preserve has become a learning laboratory for many local, state and federal conservation partners.

Upcoming Events

Paddle + Yoga Weekend

July 10 - July 11

Night Hike

July 10 @ 8:30 PM

Family Eye Spy Safari

July 11 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

ACTHA Trail Ride

July 25 - July 26

Paddle + Yoga Weekend

August 21 - August 22

Night Hike

August 21 @ 8:30 PM

Get in touch with Shaker Village

Send us a message or call us at 1.800.734.5611