Forest Hill Drive will be closed Monday, April 22.

COVID-19 Update, March 16, 2020

By Amy Joseph Landon

“The first wealth is health”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Welcome to Bernheim” – these words signal the beginning of an enjoyable day as you drive through the front gate, ready to experience 16,000+ acres of fresh air, natural beauty, and tranquility.  They seem to have even more meaning now, as we attempt to reconstruct our normal routine while considering the challenges that accompany COVID-19.

Please know that the safety and well-being of our visitors, volunteers and staff are always our first priority at Bernheim Forest. We understand the concern surrounding COVID-19 and have implemented measures recommended by the CDC and the Kentucky Department for Health to ensure our visitor experience continues to contribute to a high quality of life for the community.

In recognition of State Leadership’s guidance to practice responsible social distancing and not isolation, we understand that Bernheim serves as an appropriate place to relax, exercise, and re-energize.  We hope you will visit and take advantage of the health benefits nature can provide.

Please note the following changes we have made in order to make your visit as beneficial as possible.

Visitor Center

Information desk: Open – staffed in outdoor, open-air venue, maps provided

Visit our Virtual Visitor Center if you want to avoid contact with others.

Restrooms: Open – outdoor access only
Gift Shop: Closed, will review in April
Isaac’s Café: Closed, will review in April

Education Center
Closed, will review in April

Forest Giants and Hiking Trails
Open; Please remember to maintain at least six feet of distance from other visitors.

Programs/Events
Check the calendar for any changes/cancellations. As of March 18, 2020, all programs through April 14 are canceled. They will be rescheduled when possible.

If you are visiting with your family and want some fun activities for kids of all ages, we are offering GIANT activities. Click here for ideas of ways to make your Bernheim adventure even more fun!

Public Health
In accordance with CDC guidelines, additional cleaning measures have been implemented by staff.

While visiting Bernheim, we hope you will find the renewal that comes with each spring.  Take care of yourselves, your families, and each other, and we will see you soon!

Feel free to call us at (502) 955-8512 with any questions.

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