Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

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Founded 1929
Clermont, United States


Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a private, non-profit educational and recreational nature preserve located on a beautiful 16,000+ acre property, 25 miles south of Louisville in Clermont, Kentucky. Bernheim's mission is 'connecting people to nature' and one of the ways we fulfill that mission is through the lens of art and a 40+ year established artist residency. Bernheim also includes a nationally recognized 600 acre Olmsted designed arboretum with over 8,000 specimens of plants. The combined property is equal to the size of Manhattan and is the largest area of private, protected land east of the Mississippi River. Open throughout the year, more than 400,000 visitors connect with nature annually, by enjoying over 40 miles of hiking trails and abundant recreational and nature-related opportunities, including an Edible Garden, a Canopy Tree Walk and a Children’s Play Garden.

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Bernheim is located in rural Clermont, KY, conveniently accessible from I-65, 25 miles south of Louisville, the largest city in Kentucky and 20 minutes from historic Bardstown. Bernheim is located directly across from the Jim Beam distillery and this area is the official start of the Bourbon Trail. The surrounding areas offer numerous opportunities for arts and cultural engagement through a variety of museums, galleries, microbreweries, parks and farm to table dining experiences. Additionally, the state is known for horse racing, college basketball, bluegrass music and the world’s longest cave system. Due to its location, Kentucky has a moderate humid subtropical climate, with abundant rainfall. It has 4 distinct seasons and temperatures seldom drop below 0 degrees or rise above 100 degrees; but one can often experience a 30-degree shift in temperature within a 24 hour period.

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