18 miles total, options for various lengths, access to Hickman Creek & Dix River, fishing for numerous species, 2 boat ramps
Pool 7 of the Kentucky River is arguably the most scenic stretch of the entire river. Here is where one finds the mighty Kentucky River Palisades. Pool 7 is also home to numerous nature preserves, Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. The entire length of Pool 7 is 18 miles, and attempting to paddle the entirety is only recommended for experienced paddlers in good physical condition. There are two boat ramps at Hickman Creek and just above Lock & Dam 7 at High Bridge that help make trips manageable and customizable. There are plenty of fishing opportunities in pool 7 including all black bass species, sunfish and catfish. One of the better trout fishing spots in central Kentucky is accessible from Pool 7 of the Kentucky River. Dix River below the dam at Herrington Lake holds both rainbow and brown trout, as well as hybrid striped bass during certain periods. Dix River Adventures is a local guide service that fishes Dix River and Pool 7 of the Kentucky River. Palisades Adventures is a canoe and kayak livery located at the High Bridge Boat Ramp. To learn more about the unique history of this spectacular stretch of river, visit the Kentucky Blue Water Trails web page.