Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Walk In The Woods - Bernheim Forest

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is one of my favorite places to visit in Kentucky, and I've been going since I was a little kid. I make at least 2 trips a year with the kids and we always have a blast!
The hiking trails are just beautiful and full of native plants and animals. They have several lakes full of HUGE carp, bluegill, and bass. Several smaller ponds with Koi, and turtles everywhere. I must not leave out the geese and duck that stay year round.
They also have a few of the raptors that have been injured mostly by humans, who now find a safe home in the forest. The deer pictured has been there for at least 20 years! He was shot in the eye by a hunter, and some kind person brought him to Bernheim Forest and he lives very happily there in his own enclosure. There are from time to time other deer that reside with him that are being rehabilitated and then released. But this fine fella cannot be released and is well protected in his home.

Bernheim Forest was established by a German Immigrant, Isaac W. Bernheim in 1929. He was just a poor peddler when he settled in Kentucky, and he became successful in the Whiskey Disstilery business, and he gave the Forest to the people of Kentucky to show his gratitude.

Here is the link within the site that tells what Bernheim has to offer: Go check it out!
Here is the official Bernheim Forest Link:

1 comment:

Mad Bush Farm Crew said...

Now I want your forest as well. How can I dig that up and bring it all back home here then? Gorgeous you lucky thing!!!