Go Outside and Play: Elizabethtown, Kentucky

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Feature Image: Historic Downtown Elizabethtown Corner. Photo courtesy of Elizabethtown Tourism.


Elizabethtown, Kentucky

It’s all about the trails in Elizabethtown, Kentucky’s first urban trail town. With 16 different hiking and biking trails in the area, you are sure to find one that fits your style. Check out a different kind of trail as you stop by some of the distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.



Fuel up with a cup of coffee, a freshly squeezed juice, and bagels from Vibe Coffee. They source all of their beans from local roasters. When you are ready to go, head over to Freeman Lake Park to rent a kayak, row boat, or paddle boat or bring your own paddleboard to explore the park by water. Spend your morning casting a line for largemouth bass, channel catfish, rainbow trout, and more. Play a round of disc golf or take the kids to the American Legion Water Park.


Take a break to eat at one of the many lunch spots, including barbecue, pizza, and sandwiches. Don’t forget to try a sweet treat like homemade ice cream and pie. Visit several sites important in the life of the United States’ sixteenth president, including Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home and the Lincoln Heritage House.

Photo courtesy of Elizabethtown Tourism.


Unwind with a drink at Flywheel Brewing for locally made drinks, trivia, live music, and a food truck. Try your hand at axe throwing to liven the night up. When you’re ready to turn in, choose from several hotels in the area with easy access to all of the fun. 

Don’t forget to find the cannonball from the Civil War that is still in the side of a downtown building.



Take it easy this morning and sit down for breakfast at a local restaurant. From biscuits and gravy to freshly baked doughnuts, there is something for everyone. Head to Fort Knox for the General George Patton Museum of Leadership, featuring artifacts and films of his life. Or admire classic cars at Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum. 

Photo courtesy of Elizabethtown Tourism.


Hike miles of trails in the Greenbelt Trails System. From a loop around the lake to a stroll through an arboretum, soak up all the nature in Elizabethtown. The trails are inclusive and easily accessible from town. Geocaching enthusiasts will find treasures along the trails. Check out the cute boutique stores to bring home something to remember your trip by or the vendor mall for vintage finds. 


Grab dinner at a local restaurant and get your taste of the “true Kentucky” as you enjoy a wide array of bourbon at one of America’s best bourbon bars. Take in a show at one of the local theatres in town to finish the night with a flourish. 



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