Since 1929, Bernheim as been connecting people with nature. Bernheim encompasses over 14,000 acres in Bullitt and Nelson counties, Kentucky, about 25 miles south of Louisville. Bernheim features a 600-acre arboretum featuring over 8,000 unique varieties of trees and 14,000-acre research forest, where you can hike one of our 35 miles of trails or learn about the exciting research that occurs daily within the natural areas. Bernheim is Kentucky’s Official Arboretum and its woodlands, prairies, and wetlands make up the largest privately-owned natural area in Kentucky.
Bernheim has continued to grow and change throughout its 80+ year history. The LEED Platinum certified Visitor Center opened in 2007. It is not only a stunning building that houses the gift shop and Isaac’s Cafe, but it also serves as a model for future sustainable building design, using “green” building design techniques. Bernheim’s work in “green” design has now moved into regenerative design. Bernheim has also continued to add to its art collection, so visitors can experience arts in nature throughout their visits. Bernheim is excited to be a leader in ecological stewardship and to see the other ideas and research that are sure to evolve as we move toward the next 80 years.