Old Frankfort Pike Historic and Scenic Byway

Old Frankfort Pike Historic and Scenic Byway Photo

Location:

Highway 1681
Lexington KY 40502
Runs from Lexington to U S 60 in Woodford county. Beautiful drive with many horse farms and rock and wooden fences.

In 2021, Old Frankfort Pike was added to the Federal Highway Administration list of scenic byways.

" The Byway passes through a series of distinct rural landscapes including railroad stations, small rural communities, an unforgettable two mile road section canopied by trees and shouldered by historic dry-laid limestone fences, an historic tavern from the late eighteenth century, rural churches and cemeteries, and long farmland vistas to historic homes, barns, stables, and double-fenced fields where Thoroughbred horses thrive on bluegrass and limestone rich water. Along the byway are opportunities for dining, museum visiting, joining a horse farm tour, or taking a short side trip to neighboring attractions like Keeneland Race Track National Historic Landmark, Weisenberger Mill, and the historic railroad town of Midway. Near the east end of the byway, read about the history of the Pike and the surrounding neighborhood along the self-guided walking loop at the Old Frankfort Pike Visitor Viewing Area at the roundabout intersection of the Pike and Alexandria Drive. Finally, the McConnell Springs Visitor Center and Nature Sanctuary marks the original 1775 encampment where Lexington was named. This city park located off Old Frankfort Pike contains hiking trails through the nature preserve, archeological remains, sinks and springs, an amphitheater and education center." taken from oldfrankfortpike.org