Bardstown: The Festive Fall Destination for Any Traveler


The fall season is almost here. But if recent years are any indication, it won’t last long. It seems that every year, the Kentucky autumn gets shorter and shorter.

When the weather changes and the leaves turn, it’s only natural to explore the great outdoors. And the only thing better than that is exploring the great outdoors in Bardstown, Kentucky. Packed with places to go, things to do and sights to see, Bardstown not only offers year-round attractions, but a variety of seasonal activities. No matter what your cup of tea (or bourbon), Bardstown has all the makings for a memorable and magical season.

For guests looking to get in touch with nature, Bernheim Forest has several fantastic events. Aside from their miles of trails and campgrounds, their Fall Plant Sale lets you bring home a variety of plants from their select collections, and their annual BugFest allows children and families to learn about all types of creeping, crawling critters.

Visitors looking to be active will love the Old Kentucky Home Bike Tour, a two-day ride through the scenic Kentucky countryside with distance options varying from 55 to 102 miles. Sized to fit riders of any skill level, this trip offers a tour of the rolling hills and small towns throughout the Bluegrass state.

Those with an artistic flair will love Bardstown’s Arts, Crafts, and Antiques Fair. You’ll join 30,000 other guests as you peruse food, embroidery, wood, jewelry, pottery, metal workings and more.

The ColorFest provides hands-on nature activities, pumpkin launching, crafts from local artists, a hay maze, hayrides and more. The Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival offers train rides, a parade, arts and crafts, inflatables for the kids, food and music. Downtown completes any small-town experience with its fine shops and restaurants, while the countryside hosts a number of world-renowned distilleries with modest, local origins.

As fall rolls in, Bardstown rolls out the red carpet, offering seasonal fun for any visitor. Whether it’s your first trip or your 100th, there’s something new and exciting to see and do. It’s the fall setting in a small town that is sure to please anyone! Bardstown is able to satisfy that outdoor craving, packing the most into your fall holiday season.

Check out our visitor’s guide to learn more today!