Bike the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour is not a geographic region or route. It’s a series of Bourbon distilleries tours created by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association in 1999 to showcase our signature industry’s rich history and heritage. We’re pleased to offer bicyclists and others seeking “the route less traveled” an alternative way to experience our legendary distilleries and gorgeous Kentucky landscape – by bicycle.
All three routes are scenic and hilly, traveling on the rural roads of Central Kentucky. For the most part, the roads are lightly traveled and stores or restaurants are generally available every 20 miles or so.We recommend these routes to experienced cyclists, as the terrain can be challenging. We hope you enjoy our routes and look forward to seeing you at our distilleries. (Please note: some distilleries lock their gates at closing–so don’t get caught with your car still on property after hours! And please wear appropriate shoes if you take a tour after you ride–no clip-shoes.)
Three maps and cue sheets are available for you to download and print. Two provide point-to-point directions traveling to all six distilleries. The longer of the two also will take you through historic Harrodsburg and Danville, and by a couple of significant Kentucky historic sites – the Perryville Battlefield and Old Fort Harrod State Park.The other route provides a more direct course focusing primarily on the distilleries.You can use these maps and cue sheets to complete the whole point-to-point tour, or if you want something shorter, you can use them to ride an “out and back” between any of the distilleries – whatever works for you!The third map/cue sheet combination provides a loop tour of Woodford Reserve, Wild Turkey and Four Roses. For experienced riders, this option offers a beautiful but challenging ride that you can easily complete in one day.
We are planning safe routes including Town Branch distillery for inclusion in the future.