Meade County highlights everything that’s great about rural living, but with all the benefits and amenities offered by larger urban settings. We offer history, entertainment, scenery and culture. From Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area’s walking trails, repalling and scenic views of the Ohio River, to eclectic restaurants and a grand bed and breakfasts, from hiking a woodland trail to a bluegrass concert at Riverfront Park, from a morning of antique shopping to an afternoon on a perfectly groomed golf course, from an old fashioned country fair to a classic car show. It’s music, arts, the outdoors and more. Meade County offers an abundance of fun just waiting to be sampled.
Meade County lets visitors enjoy an iconic Kentucky experience — Like a Sunday drive on a winding country road, past farms and through villages. You can visit places like Otter Creek, where you might enjoy a great view, take a dip in a country stream or treat the family to an old fashioned picnic. Or explore the shops, explore Riverfront Park and eat at the historic jail, now a pizza parlor complete with prison cells. If its sports you’re looking for, you can play golf, boat, hike or take in a softball game at a modern sports complex.
For those who love hunting and fishing, Meade County ranks among the best areas in the state for these activities. With three major preservation areas surrounding the county, to include Fort Knox, the Yellowbank Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and the Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area — Not to mention the Ohio river and pay lakes, abundant with its wide variety of game fish, including Catfish, Bass, Sauger and more. So if sparkling waters, pristine woodlands, clean fresh air and clear blue skies are something you long for, look no further. And just because you’re leaving the city behind, doesn’t mean you leave luxury behind. Meade County features plenty of motels and well equipped camping venues.
In addition to the things mentioned above, Meade County has some other great attractions, each offering a little something special for everyone, including:
John Hunt Morgan Trail
Hike along the route taken by General John Hunt Morgan and his men in 1863 as they dashed across Meade County on their way to Indiana and Ohio, when he led his troops down the main street of Brandenburg and began ferrying men and supplies across the river. See where two steamboats ferried more than 2,200 men and their horses across the Ohio River for 16 hours while being fired on by the home guard from Corydon, Indiana.
Clothesline of Quilts
Take a drive along the country roads of Meade County and see how many of the 55 quilt blocks you can spot painted on the sides of county barns. This multi-county project, begun to preserve a valued cultural heritage of the region, began in Ohio a few years ago. Now hundreds of these beautifully pained quilt blocks can be found throughout Kentucky
Roberts Family Farm
Location: 125 Kennedy Road, Guston, KY 40142
Directions: Brandenburg: Take Hwy 710 four miles to stop sign. Go exactly one mile straight toward Guston and turn right onto Kennedy and it will be first drive on the left.
Seeing a working farm is something the entire family can enjoy. The Roberts Family Farm, located on 57 scenic acres in southern Meade County, is a great example of the “agritourism” trend that has been sweeping our region over the past several years. Attractions feature a corn maze, horse or tractor drawn hayrides to a pumpkin patch and an animal petting area. Pick blackberries, take part in the Miss Fall Harvest Pageant, shop at an authentic country store that sells pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, honey, local wood crafts and Rhonda Roberts’ own award winning homemade blackberry jam. It’s an experience everyone will enjoy, and especially young people, who will see firsthand what fertile land and hard working people can provide.
Location: 1041 Old Ekron Rd., Brandenburg
Directions: The farmers’ market is located near the intersection of East Broadway, KY 448, and Old Ekron Road.
An outlet for Meade County farmer’s and the surrounding areas to sell the foods they grow and the farm based goods they make. The Market operates at the Meade County Extension Office on Old Ekron Rd. in Brandenburg on Tuesday from 1-5 and Saturaday from 8-12, mid-May through October.
Meade Activity Center
Address: 493 Lawrence St, Brandenburg KY 40108
Phone: 270 422-2227
Located on Lawrence Street near the Ohio River, The Meade Activity Center is easily accessible from Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Southern Indiana.
The Meade Activity Center is a not-for-profit organization that is open to the public. The MAC offers River Trace Golf, a nine-hole course that also contains a pro shop, putting green, and the only driving range in Meade County. In addition, the center houses 2 outdoor pools with diving board and slide, tennis courts, and sand volleyball for members and guests to access. Seasonally, the MAC offers various programs to youth and adults including: youth sports, summer camps, swim lessons, gymnastics, cheerleading, after-school programming, yoga, zumba, and kickboxing.
Location: 75 Lawson Creek Road, Battletown
Directions: The park entrance is near the intersection of Lawson Park Road, which runs east from Battletown Road, KY 228
Battletown Community Park is a fun, safe place for picnicking and for children to play. The park 4.2 acre park is equipped with a kitchen and is a great venue for special events such as family reunions, birthday parties, weddings, community meetings, etc. The park has a softball field, basketball court and playground equipment.
Brandenburg Riverfront Park
Directions: The entrance to the park is at the foot of Main Street
Brandenburg Riverfront Park’s 15 acres span the width of the downtown area, and offer an unparalleled view of the scenic Ohio River, the graceful Matthew Welch Bridge that crosses the river and the scenic, wooded Indiana shoreline on the opposite side. The park offers a playground for the children, a checkers/chess table, picnic pavilions, bandstand, amphitheater, soccer fields, a river walk and more. Counting the barges on the passing towboats helps makes for a relaxing afternoon, and weekend concerts make this a venue with something for everyone.
In July of alternate years, Civil War Days at Riverfront Park features a re-enactment of Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s Great Raid of 1863. And during Christmas By The river, which begins Thanksgiving weekend and runs through New Year’s Day, the park is the site of some 100 holiday light displays illuminated by an estimated 250,000 bulbs. From dusk to midnight each night, visitors view the displays as they either walk or drive through the park.
Buttermilk Falls Trail
Directions: The entrance to the trail is located at Riverfront Park in Brandenburg.
Phone: 270-422 3626
The handicapped accessible trail features 2.2 miles of paved trail for running, walking, biking or just relaxing among the Sycamore trees and the sounds of water rushing from the springs. There are picnic tables and benches positioned along the route, as well as breathtaking views of the Ohio River.
Directions: The entrance is off KY 230 (Concordia Road) on the south side of Spring Creek.
This 14 acre paradise offers a boat ramp, picnic area, primitive camping and plenty of outdoor fun.
Phone: The entrance is on KY 448 (Broadway) just east of St. John The Apostle Church at 515 Broadway.
Dedicated to the memory of Dianna Marie Powers, who had just completed first grade at St. John’s School when she went to be with God in June 1999, the park was built and is being maintained by local volunteers in 1999. It is the hope of Dianna’s family and friends that God will bless and keep each and every child who gets a chance to play at the well equipped children’s playground.
Doe Valley Golf Club
Location: On Kentucky 1638 between Brandenburg and Muldraugh, within easy driving distance of Louisville, Elizabethtown, Shepherdsville, and Bardstown in Kentucky, and Corydon, Jeffersonville, and New Albany in Indiana
Address: 540 Valley Green Road Brandenburg, KY 40108
Email: Available from web site
Semi-public Doe Valley offers an 18-hole course, with three ponds, more than 30 bunkers, and fairways lined with trees. While they play this course that’s amid a forest in scenic Meade County, golfers may encounter deer grazing nearby, rabbits nibbling on the turf, and perhaps even the local flock of wild turkeys. Doe Valley offers all the amenities – a pro shop, putting green, golf lessons, snack-bar restaurant, and a variety of golfing opportunities.
Flaherty Community Park
Directions: The entrance the park is on Community Park Road, which runs south from the KY 1600 (St. Martin Road), and is located just three quarters of a mile west from the 1600 – KY 144 (Flaherty Road) intersection.
This 8 acre park features four ball fields and two picnic pavilions in a beautiful and peaceful rural environment
Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area
Location: 850 Otter Creek Park Road, Brandenburg, KY 40108
Directions: KY-1638 approximately 4 miles west of Dixie Hwy, U.S. 31W
Daily Access Fee: $3 for those 12 and older. Under12 admitted free.
Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area is one of the treasures of Meade County. Now being run by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Otter Creek’s 2,155 acres offer an abundance of outdoor experiences. The recreation area is located approximately 25 miles southwest of downtown Louisville along the Ohio River in Meade County, Kentucky. It is accessible from Dixie Highway, just 14 miles south of the Gene Snyder Freeway. Otter Creek offers an array of activities, including picnicking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, shooting ranges, camping and more. Campground will open March 29 for the 2013 season.
Meade Olin Park
Directions: Olin Road, just east of the intersection with Brandenburg Road, KY 448.
This 75 acre park offers picnic tables, pavilions, soccer field, two baseball fields, five softball fields, two basketball courts, children’s playground, restrooms and locker rooms. Another feature of the park is the increasingly popular 18-hole disc golf course. Since 1986, the park has played host to the Mid-Summer Weldon Car Show.
Wolf Creek Park
Location: Wolf Creek
Directions: The boat ramp is at the foot of Rick Stansbury Street, which runs northwest from Wolf Creek Road, KY 228.
This 7 acre park features a boat ramp.
YMCA Camp Piomingo
Location: 1950 Otter Creek Park Road, Brandenburg, KY 40108
Web Address: www.ymcacamppiomingo.org
Directions: KY-1638 approximately 4 miles west of Dixie Hwy, U.S. 31W
The Camp offers an overnight summer camp, rental cabins for schools and weekend groups,
English instruction for horseback riding, day and overnight adventure programs for schools and youth groups and foodservice for day and overnight events.