BringFido’s Best of Kentucky

Posted by Lauren Barker

Looking for the dog-friendliest things to do in Kentucky? Well, you've come to the right place. The editors at BringFido have dedicated themselves to digging up the most dog-friendly places to visit in the Bluegrass State, as well as the rest of the country. In the latest edition of our book, Ruff Guide to the United States, you'll find our collection of the best places to stay and play with your dog in all 50 states. You can order a copy today for just $10.00 (a savings of 63% off the retail price) when you use the discount code BEST.

Read on to learn about some of the Kentucky attractions that rose to the top of our list this year.

Best Dog-Friendly Brewery

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Enjoy a pint with your pet on the patio at West Sixth Brewery in Lexington. Join your dog for an afternoon of fun in the sheltered and covered space outside the best dog-friendly brewery in Kentucky. Beers on tap range from year-round favorites like cocoa porter and cerveza to seasonal rotators like Oktoberfest and Vienna-style lager. Don’t leave town without a visit to the agricultural extension of the brewery, West Sixth Farm. The farm grows ingredients for beers, hosts events, and invites people and pups to witness the origins of beer.

Hop into bed at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington.

Most Dog-Friendly State Park

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Known as the “Niagara of the South,” Cumberland Falls at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park cascades 60 feet into a boulder-filled gorge below. Take Fido on a half-mile hike to the falls, or try one of several other trails with beautiful overlooks through the most dog-friendly state park in Kentucky. Cumberland Falls is one of the few places in the world that regularly produces a “moonbow,” or white lunar rainbow when the sky is clear and the moon is full. Check the park’s moonbow calendar for a chance to see the phenomenon for yourself. Dogs are also welcome to go fishing, picnicking, canoeing, or gem mining with you.

From mid-March to mid-November, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park welcomes campers on two legs and four. Dogs are welcome year-round at the Best Western Corbin Inn, located nearby.

Most Dog-Friendly Attraction

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Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort is guaranteed to be a barrel of laughs for four-legged visitors. The Bluegrass State’s top dog-friendly attraction is situated along Kentucky’s famous Bourbon Trail. The distillery offers a variety of tours, ranging from a ghost tour of the paranormal areas featured on "Ghost Hunters" to The Trace Tour, which gives visitors a peek inside the company’s aging warehouses and bottling rooms. All tours end in the expansive tasting room, where you can sample some of Buffalo Trace’s award-winning products, such as Eagle Rare and Blanton’s Single Barrel. Dogs are welcome on the tour, as well as in the tasting room and gift shop.

Located a short drive from the distillery, this Bourbon Trail hideaway has everything you need for a relaxing private tasting after hours. Pour a dram of fine whiskey and a refreshing bowl of water for your drinking partner, and enjoy views of the Kentucky River from the deck together.

Most Dog-Friendly Campground

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Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, Paducah, KY, is a favorite destination for outdoor adventurers on two legs and four. Campers at Duck Creek RV Park, the most dog-friendly campground in the state, have easy access to all the pet-friendly activities at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area like hiking, fishing, boating, an 1850s working farm, and even a drive through the Elk and Bison Prairie. Fido can also enjoy running off-leash at the campground’s fenced dog park. After a day full of activities in nature, you can give him a bath at the on-site dog wash. Dogs of any size are permitted for no additional fee.

Best Dog Park

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On your next visit to Lexington, stop at Masterson Station Dog Park, the best dog park in the state, and let loose with the local Labrador population. This 15-acre grassy park is divided into two separate paddocks, with shady spots sprinkled throughout each, water fountains, a fire hydrant and lots of space for dogs to play fetch and socialize. Visiting humans can chill on benches and chat to regulars about breed meetups, fundraisers for canine charities, and other events hosted at the park. Afterward, walk on the paved trails that weave around the rest of Masterson Station Park.

Staybridge Suites Lexington is conveniently located between the park and downtown. Book a two-bedroom suite with hardwood floors and visit the grassy relief area before bedtime.

Top Trail to Hike With Your Dog

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Searching for the top trail to hike with your dog in The Bluegrass State? March with your mutt on the Auxier Ridge Trail in Daniel Boone National Forest, which will take you along a high, narrow ridge between sheer cliffs. You’ll have a chance to glimpse some of Kentucky’s most unique rock formations like Haystack Rock, Courthouse Rock, and Raven Rock. Auxier Ridge Trail is just under 4.5 miles out and back and is rated moderate. If you want to extend the hike and see another natural landmark, a trail spur leads to a rock formation known as Double Arch.

For a clean and comfortable stay in nearby Corbin, book a room for two at Best Western Corbin Inn. Treats are available at the front desk and there’s a grassy relief area on the premises.

Best Pet-Friendly B&B

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Inn at Woodhaven in Louisville loves when canine guests come to stay, making it the best pet-friendly B&B in the state. This historic bed and breakfast offers two plush rooms for people traveling with pets. Spend a few nights with your dog in the Derby Room, which has its own private entrance onto the patio, or over at the Rose Cottage, a Gothic octagon room that features dramatic 25-foot ceilings. While you’re in town, visit E.P. , home to six acres of fenced grassy space where dogs can run free.

The Inn at Woodhaven accepts pets of any size for an additional fee of $30 per pet, per stay.

Can’t Miss Dog Event

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Catch the big game with your ball-loving best friend at Dog Days at the Park at Louisville Slugger Field. At Kentucky’s can’t miss dog event, Fido is invited to join you in the pet section to watch the Louisville Bats flap their wings and hit home runs for the hounds in attendance. Proceeds from canine tickets go directly to the Kentucky Humane Society.

Treat your Terrier to a relaxing night at the 21c Museum Hotel next to the Ohio River. This downtown hotel loves welcoming canine guests to stay.

Ready for a Road Trip?

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If our Best of Kentucky preview left your dog drooling for more, we hope you check out our book - Ruff Guide to the United States. Remember to use gift code BEST to get a copy for just $10. Happy Travels!

What's your favorite place to visit in Kentucky with your dog? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!