The River

Discover the Panoramic Kentucky River Palisades

Explore the cool Kentucky River Palisades by riverboat, kayak or foot. Shaker Landing provides one of the few public access points to the sweeping Kentucky River Palisades, with steep, scenic gorges and limestone outcroppings that stretch for miles.

The Kentucky River was a source of livelihood for the Pleasant Hill Shakers. Regular Shaker trading expeditions ventured as far as New Orleans selling garden seeds, brooms, preserves, cattle and hogs. The same landing used by the Shakers is now the launching point of the Dixie Belle, Shaker Village’s 115-passenger paddlewheeler.

Hike an old roadbed built by the Shakers in 1826 or drive the scenic road to Shaker Landing. The 400-foot descent will take you through rock formations between 400 and 450 million years old. Along the river’s edge, find river bottom hardwoods, spring waterfalls and the sheer vertical cliffs of the Palisades.

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Cruise the Kentucky River


The Dixie Belle Riverboat

Discover the Kentucky River Palisades

Enjoy a relaxing ride aboard Shaker Village’s 115-passenger riverboat, through high limestone cliffs and untouched natural beauty. One-hour narrated cruises describe the historical importance of the river to the Shakers and pass under High Bridge, an engineering marvel built in 1877.

Admission: $10 (13+), $5 (6-12), Free (5 and Under)
Cruise Dates: April – October, Tuesday – Sunday
Cruise Times: 2 PM and 4 PM

Tickets must be purchased at the Admission Booth. Riverboat rides depart on time from nearby Shaker Landing. Please arrive at Shaker Landing 15 minutes prior to departure. Rides are subject to weather and river conditions and will only run if the temperature is above 50 degrees.

Group and charter rates are available! Please call 800.734.5611, ext. 1545 in advance for special pricing.

Paddle the River


Paddle by Canoe or Kayak

Discover the River at Your Own Speed

Bring your canoe or kayak and launch into pool 7 on the Kentucky River from Shaker Landing. Venture upriver on the Kentucky, or take a detour onto the Dix, a stocked trophy trout stream, and enjoy a break at the Herrington Lake Dam.

Shaker Village Launch Fee

  • $5 per vessel. Non-motorized vessels only.
  • Fee must be paid and waiver signed in advance at the Trustees’ Office.
  • Paddling pass must be left on dash of vehicle.
  • To inquire about hosting your paddling event at Shaker Landing, please call 800.734.5611, ext. 1545.


Get in touch with Shaker Village

Send us a message or call us at 1.800.734.5611