Discover Mercer County

While you're in Harrodsburg enjoying the Beef Festival; we invite you to take some time and explore some of the other entertaining and historically rich sites of Mercer County.

Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg, KT Old Fort Harrod State Park is located in the middle of Harrodsburg Kentucky. The Fort was named after James Harrod who led an early group of settlers into Kentucky. The park spans 15 acres of land, and has several attractions that you can visit including: the pioneer cemetery, the marriage cabin of Abraham Lincoln's parents, and the Mansion Museum filled with historic artifacts.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY

Shaker Village was founded on January 1, 1805. Visitors to Shaker Village can tour the grounds and historic Shaker buildings, eat in the Trustee's dining room, view museum exhibits, listen to performances of Shaker music, and observe people at work using traditional 19th century methods. You can also hike on the nature trails, and take a riverboat ride of the Kentucky River.
Herington Lake, Central KY Herrington Lake is a 2,335-acre man-made lake located in Mercer, Boyle, and Garrad counties. The lake is 249 ft. at its deepest level. It was created when Kentucky Utilties dammed Dix River in 1925. There are many boat docks on the lake that make it possible to take a boat out for a joy ride, or just a nice day of fishing. Most boat docks on the lake also allow you to swim off of the dock.
Historic Beaumont Inn, Harrodsburg, KY Since 1919, Beaumont Inn has welcomed guests to enjoy the inn's ambiance and style of grand Southern tradition. For nearly a century; memorabilia, antiques, and memories have been gathered here. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Beaumont Inn has been honored with numerous national hospitality and food awards during the last 90 years.
Bright Leaf Golf Resort Bright Leaf is a unique golf resort that offers 27 holes of championship golf. Originating in 1963, Bright Leaf has grown from a 9 hole golf course and driving range to a golf resort that consists of a total of 36 holes, nine of which are lighted par 3.
Bright Leaf also offers full accommodations, consisting of a 65 unit motel with a 40 unit Villa building. Amenities include: full service dining room, snack bar, fully equipped health club, and swimming pool. Family owned and operated since its beginning, Bright Leaf strives for good family and southern hospitality built on generations of experience.
Anerson Dean Community Park The Anderson-Dean Park is located on Highway 127, just 3 miles north of Harrodsburg. This 213 acre recreational park was built in 1993, with financing from city and county government, private donations and state grants. Visit the park office, which is located in the Thomas Logan House ( built in 1790 and restored with state grants ), for more information on activities throughout the year. Park office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 4:00PM. Office phone number is 859-734-9167.
Mercer County Fair & Horse Show Visit the Mercer County Fair Grounds for great family events such as: horse shows, pageants, truck pulls, livestock shows, tractor shows, the county fair, and the annual Fort Harrod Beef Festival. The Mercer County fair grounds are the oldest fair grounds in the state of Kentucky, and boasts the oldest running fair and horse show in the country.
Arts Council of Mercer County Studio The Arts Council of Mercer County strives to bring the magic and beauty of the fine arts to the community. In the spring of 2012, the doors opened on The Arts Council of Mercer County Studio & Gallery. Stop by and take some time to view the wondrous creations that our local gifted artists have brought to life.
Central Kentucky Tours is a family owned and operated tour business dedicated to guiding their guests to highlights of the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. They have had the privilege of visiting and touring all across the United States, and in several foreign countrie,s but have always felt that central Kentucky was one of the most beautiful and special places in the world. They feel that you will agree, once seeing it for yourself. From horse farms, to bourbon, to wineries, to historic sites, let CKT show you why we all love Kentucky.