You’ll never run out of things to see and do at Bernheim! Here are a few places to check out while you explore the forest.
Stop in to Kentucky’s first LEED® platinum building for information to help plan your visit. Take a minute to relax, explore our gift shop, grab a bite at Isaac’s café, and learn about sustainable design.
Experience Bernheim from atop our oldest structure, the historic fire tower. A volunteer naturalist will lead you 961 feet up the flights of stairs for one of the best views in the state. The incredible scenery will leave you amazed as you take in the knobby landscape that surrounds Bernheim and even catch sight of Louisville on a clear day. The fire tower is only open when our volunteer naturalists are available.
Canopy Tree Walk
Hang out in the tree-tops in our Canopy Tree Walk. This short boardwalk extends into the forest canopy, suspending visitors an astonishing 75 feet above the forest floor.
Bernheim’s Arts in Nature programs provide a vital platform for artistic experimentation and curious exploration that becomes a part of the entire ecosystem of Bernheim. Art inspires our deep connections with nature, providing visitors with a sense of discovery. Journey through the forest and enjoy a variety of sculptures, paintings, and other works of art.
Explore our one-of-a kind Edible Garden - a four-acre site just across from Bernheim’s Visitor Center that serves as a gateway to connect people with nature via the country’s most popular pastime – gardening. Learn how the garden makes the environment healthier by meeting the most rigorous green design standards in the world.
Children’s Play Garden
Bring the kids to Bernheim for a day of free play at our Children’s Play Garden, a playground specifically designed to allow children to have creative control over their play environment. It includes both traditional equipment, like swings and slides, as well as nature-based play features, like rolling hills, fossil-filled rocks, and a dry creek bed. This playground inspired Bernheim to launch its Children at Play Network.