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 trek through 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!

Must-See Adventures

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Daily Adventures

Admission grants you access to a full day of discovery! Hike the trails, visit the bird blind and see sustainable land conservation practices at work. View a typical day!


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Discovery Treks

Discover curated weekend nature programs designed to inspire new perspectives! Become a wildlife warrior, share birding basics, learn foraging fundamentals and more. Visit the event calendar and register to start your discovery.

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$5 After 5:00

Fridays and Saturdays bring evening adventures, extended hours and reduced pricing! From looking for night creatures, to spying wildflowers and calling in the owls, stay late for fun night programs. Visit the event calendar for details.


Healthy Community Series

To the Shakers, a healthy lifestyle went hand-in-hand with their spiritual well-being. Celebrate this legacy through programs that engage the mind, body and spirit, including Trail Run Festivals, Paddle + Yoga Weekends, Fall Paddles and more. Visit the event calendar and register today.


Multi-use Trails

Our 40-mile trail system allows users of all ages and skill levels to roam at their own pace. Begin your adventure at the Centre Trailhead, featuring family-friendly trails, a bird observation blind, Shaker mill sites and more. Learn more about the trails!


Wildlife and Wildflowers

Search for every shade and shape of wildflower, bird and other Kentucky wildlife along the trails. Home to more than 450 plant species, 200 species of local and migrating birds and countless other natural wonders. Download the birding and plant checklists to start exploring.

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Native Prairie Restoration

During 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.

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