Fort Boonesborough State Historic Site

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Fort Boonesborough State Historic Site


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Fort Boonesborough is the site of Ft. Boonesborough, founded in 1775 by Daniel Boone. A full scale replica of the original fort, complete with living historians is the parks main feature. The grounds also feature and museum and a gift shop. The park is located in the Central Kentucky Bluegrass Region along the Kentucky River and is near to such attractions as the horse farms around Lexington, the arts and crafts of Berea, and White Hall State Historic Site that is only 8 miles away.

Map of Fort Boonesborough (KY)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.897276, -84.270458



  • Boating

    Launching ramps are available in the park for your access to a fun-filled day on the river.

  • Bird Watching

    Lots of Wild Turkeys nest on the park. Nesting pairs of Pileated Woodpeckers and Red-tailed Hawks; over-flights of Sandhill Cranes during migration; large roosts of Vultures in winter months; large numbers of Chimney Swifts in summer months at the fort; Ruby-throated Hummingbiirds in/near the fort in summer; and winter concentrations of Dark-eyed Juncos.

  • Camping

    Enjoy camping on the banks of the Kentucky River. The campground offers 167 sites with electricity and water hookups. An activities building can accommodate 150 people, and a central service building provides showers, rest rooms, and laundry facilities. WiFi available. There is a small grocery at the check-in area. Open year-round. Restrooms and water fill-up available year-round. Four pull-throughs open year-round. Campground email: [email protected]

  • Fishing

    With an abundance of bluegill, bass, and catfish, fishing is a favorite pastime on the Kentucky River. Launching ramps are available in the park for your access to a fun-filled day on the river.

  • Golfing

    An 18-hole, miniature golf course is the perfect way for your family to play together as well as test your putting skills! Open April 1-October 31. Fee charged.

  • Hiking

    Just over a half mile of waking trails are just enough to get away from the hubbub. A .25-mile paved Fort Trail begins at the fort and comes out in the parking lot across from the pool.

    The Halley Home Site Trail, a short connector trail between the other two, is named for the Halley's who built a large house on the property in the late 1790's. The house is gone but several hidden signs of the old rock foundation remain. The Halley's are buried on the park.

    The Pioneer Forage Trail, connecting the campground to the fort, is a little over a quarter mile. It follows very briefly a section of rock wall from the Halley farm and some wagon road remnants. It also follows, for some distance, Spring Run Branch, a small stream that was named by the settlers and played a role in the siege of 1778. In the spring, wildflowers liven up the landscape.

  • Historic Sites

    Fort Tours: Fort Boonesborough has been reconstructed as a working fort complete with cabins, blockhouses and furnishings. Resident artisans perform craft demonstrations and give modern-day visitors a true sense of what life was like for pioneers in Kentucky.

    •Fort Open April 1 - Oct 31, 9a.m. - 5p.m. •Winter hours (Nov. 1 - March 31): 10a.m. - 4p.m. on Fri, Sat, & Sun •$8 adults, $5 children (6 to 12) Admission to Kentucky River Museum is included •Children under 6 free •Student group of ten or more $3.00 •Adult group of ten of more $4.00 each


    The Kentucky River Museum, a newer addition to Fort Boonesborough State Park, provides visitors with insight into the lives of families who lived on the river and worked the locks and dams in the 1900s.

    Visit for more about the story of the development of commerce on the river and the Kentucky River Museum.

    •Open 9a.m. - 5p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, May 1 through October 31. •Admission to the Kentucky River Museum is included in the price of admission to the Fort.

  • Picnicking

    Three picnic shelters (one with rest rooms), tables, grills and a playground are located throughout the park for a perfect picnic outing.

  • Water Sports

    A junior Olympic-size swimming pool features a water slide, misty fountain, children's area, and a rain tree! A sand beach is available for sunbathing. While at the pool enjoy your favorite treats from the snack bar!

    Pool hours thru Aug. 12: Tues. - Sat. 10:30 - 6pm and Sun. 12:30 - 6pm August 13 - Labor Day: Saturday 10:30 - 6pm, Sunday 12:30 - 6pm

    Please call ahead to confirm pool hours which are determined by seasonal help availability. Lifeguard-protected.



Fort Boonesborough is located near Richmond Kentucky. From I-75, take exit 95 to KY 627. On I-64, exit at Winchester to KY 627.

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