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1201 Lexington Road
Nicholasville, KY 40340
P: +1 888-546-4243

History & Heritage

Located in east-central Kentucky where the rolling hills of the Bluegrass meet the foothills of the Appalachians, the land encompassing Madison County has had a long history. The largest county in the Bluegrass, it contains 446 square miles and ranks twenty-first in size among Kentucky's 120 counties. Four geographic regions provide such distinct differences in soil, elevation, and topography that the history of the county is as much a consequence of the geographical features as it is a product of the endeavors of its people.

With such a rich history, there are things to do in Madison County.

  • White Hall State Historic Site
  • Battlefield Park 


Centrally located 21 miles south of Lexington and directly off I-75, Richmond Centre is the premier shopping, dining and entertainment venue in south, central Kentucky. This 120-acre retail center is where you can truly simplify your life. Richmond Centre makes shopping a pleasure. It offers consumers a vibrant, open-air setting comprised of approximately 800,000 square feet of retail space, including traditional department stores, specialty retailers, a bookstore, theatre and restaurants.

Spas & Wellness

Sometimes we all need to take a break and what better way then a spa or the gym. Whether it is relaxing or simply to relieve stress, their are different spas and wellness centers around Madison County. 


In Madison County there are host of different dinning options. Depending on what you have a taste for, there are fast food options, downtown dining in Richmond and Berea, Asian restaurants, home-style, Mexican, and much more. 


Over the years Madison County has expanded with nightlife. According to NABCA Madison County is considered a moist state. In Richmond, KY there is are host of things to do. Just take a look of a few options to enjoy the night life:

    Outdoor Adventure

      1. Located at the end of White Hall Shrine Road just of I-75’s Exit 95, White Hall Park features nearly three miles of paved walking trails, a picnic pavilion, playground, restrooms, and a large lake suitable for fishing. CONTACT: (859) 624-0013 (
      2. Lake Reba Recreation Complex is a 600 acre tract of land which includes the Gibson Bay Golf Course and Lighted Driving Range, Baseball Fields, the Soccer Complex, the Adult Softball Complex, the Herb Vescio Horseshoe Complex, a 1.2 Mile Walking/Jogging Trail, Adventure Falls Miniature Golf & Batting Cage Complex, a 75 Acre Fishing Lake with a Fish Cleaning Station, six shelters and a large playground with an area for ages 5 and under, an area for ages 6 through 12, and a universal playground for individuals of all ability levels. This Recreation Complex can be accessed on Gibson Bay Drive or Catalpa Loop Road. The park is open at 7 A.M. and closes at dark. (
          Park Amenities:
              • •Shelters
              • •Playgrounds
              • •Little League Baseball Complex
              • •Adult Softball Complex
              • •Paradise Cove Aquatic Center
              • •Soccer Complex
              • •Judy Rains Memorial Dog Park
        (off leash area for large and small dogs.)
              • •Football Field Walking/ Jogging Trail
              • •Herb Vescio Horseshoe Pits
              • •Fishing Lake with Boat Ramp & Fish Cleaning Station
              • •(Purchase fishing license here)
              • •Adventure Falls Miniature Golf & Batting Cage Complex
              • •Gibson Bay Golf Course and Lighted Driving Range
        CONTACT: +1 859 623 1000
      3. Camp Catalpa Park is a 15 acre tract of land located off of Catalpa Loop Rd. The property to this park borders Lake Reba. The park includes two shelters and a nature trail. The nature trail is approximately 1/2 mile and follows the perimeter of Camp Catalpa along Lake Reba and back around to the front of the park. Between 1970-1977, this park met the criteria for a bird sanctuary in that there is not hunting allowed, it has an adequate water supply and an abundance of wild vegetation. ( CONTACT: +1 859 623 1000
      4. The Irvine McDowell Park is a 20 acre tract of land located at 345 Lancaster Ave. This park includes two shelters, four softball fields, a playground, and the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department/ Irvinton House Museum. The softball fields are primarily used for the Richmond Girls Softball Association. The shelters are available for reservation. ( CONTACT: +1 859 623 1000

        Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, the first gateway to the West, is a place for modern day pioneers and adventure seekers to follow in the footsteps of the country's earliest settlers. Today, visitors are continually in awe at the miles and miles of trails and scenic features the park has to offer. There are over 85 miles of trails in the park, ranging in length and difficulty. Backcountry camping is also available with a free permit and photographers, from all skill levels, appreciate the numerous opportunities to view wildlife and plant life in their undisturbed state. You are sure to find something of interest at Cumberland Gap; come experience why visitors to the park continue to return year after year in search of adventure.

      5. The Pinnacles: A great place for hiking and sight seeing located off of Highway 21, Berea, KY 40403. There are great views from the East and West pinnacles. I would recommend going during the fall season to enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains in fall colors. This is a great trip for people of all ages. There are more intense trails as well as short and easy ones. I hope you get the chance to go and enjoy this great adventure.      

    Volunteer & Community Service

    In Madison County there are a host of things to help and volunteer with. Being apart of the community by volunteering your time helps build your community. In Richmond, KY you can volunteer with Kentucky River Foothills, Hopes Wings, YMCA, and plenty of churches that would love new members and for people to assist in the community. In Berea, KY there is a community food bank, faith community outreach, and churches as well looking for people to volunteering.

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    NCAA Sports — Division I 1
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    Eastern Kentucky University
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    Football FCS
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    Golf Courses 5
    Type Address
    Arlington Golf Center
    18 holes
    Private course
    1510 Lexington Rd
    Richmond, KY 40475
    P: 859-622-2200
    Berea Country Club
    9 holes
    Semi-Private course
    104 Churchill Ct
    Berea, KY 40403
    P: (606) 986-7141
    Gibson Bay Golf Course
    18 holes
    Public course
    2000 Gibson Bay Dr
    Richmond, KY 40475
    P: (859) 623-0225
    Madison Country Club
    9 holes
    Private course
    735 N 2nd St
    Richmond, KY 40476
    P: (606) 623-6468
    The Bull at Boones Trace
    18 holes
    Public course
    175 Gleneagles Boulevard
    Richmond, KY 40475
    P: (859) 623-4653
    Recreation Facilities 11
    Amusement and Theme Parks 0
    Amusement Arcades 0
    Bowling Centers 0
    Casinos 0
    Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 11
    Marinas 0
    Movie Theaters 0
    Nature Parks and Other Similar Institutions 0
    Racetracks 0
    Skiing Facilities 0
    Zoos and Botanical Gardens (Note: Includes aquariums.) 0