We’d been having a spell of extremely hot weather for Kentucky (mid-90s with a heat index of over 100), but I envisioned hiking through shady, wooded areas, which would be somewhat cooler. That didn’t happen. 😉 We hiked up, across and down their open prairie preserve–2 hours in the midday sun. I had my hiking stick and water with me, but could have really used a hat. I stopped by a sporting goods store on the way home from Harrodsburg* and bought one for future outings!
While it may not have been as “family friendly” as the organizers had hoped (a few participants dropped out along the way because of the heat), it was, nevertheless, a great chance to take a naturalist-guided hike through the beautiful, historic landscape at Shaker Village:
The Shakers were drawn to this site for its rich natural resources—fertile land, plentiful water sources and strong limestone. Today, The Preserve conserves and shares native prairies, woodlands, watersheds, fields, canebrakes and diverse wildlife—all perfectly framed by miles of hand-laid rock walls. Go on a new adventure every day as you trek through 3,000 acres of streams, forests and wide open spaces. Shaker Village
*Harrodsburg is the oldest city in Kentucky and has been honored as the oldest permanent American settlement west of the Appalachians.