Bardstown is a city in the Kentucky Derby Region, located 40 miles southeast of Louisville. It is the county seat of Nelson County.

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By car

The main east-west route is the Bluegrass Parkway, bringing in traffic from Elizabethtown and I-65 South, 20 miles west. It also brings in Lexington traffic from the east. The two Bardstown exits are Exit 21 (US 31E) and Exit 25 (US 150). Nelson County also has exits off the parkway at Exit 10 (KY 52) to Boston and western Nelson County and Exit 34 (KY 55) to Bloomfield and eastern Nelson County.

Two roads arrive from Louisville. KY 245 (New Shepherdsville Road until it enters the city and becomes John Rowan Boulevard) funnels traffic from Exit 112 off of I-65 in Bullitt County. Although Route 245 goes through a fairly hilly area, the road is well-engineered with modest grades and no sharp curves. The other route is US 31E-150 which comes directly from Louisville. The road is narrow and winding at spots, but does offer nice views of the Nelson and Spencer County countryside.

By air

Samuels Field (designated BRY) is located two miles southwest of Bardstown on US 62, Boston Road. The airport has a single paved runway 5000 feet by 75 feet, designated 02/20, with a 4000-foot parallel taxiway and a connecting taxiway to the aircraft parking apron. The runway is equipped with Medium Intensity Runway Lights (MARL), Runway End Identifier Lights (REIL) and Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPI) all radio controlled at 122.80MHz. An Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) is also available on 119,925MHz or by phone at (502)348-1867. Land facilities consist of a 1600 square foot terminal and administration building, 2000 square yards of apron, a 10 unit T-Hangar, 3 conventional storage hangars, and auto parking. There is 100LL Avgas and Jet A fuel system with a 24 hour self serve credit card system.

Louisville International Airport is located 40 miles northwest of Bardstown at the junction of I-65 and I-264. It is the closest airport with commercial passenger jet service. Airlines serving Louisville include American, Delta, Frontier, Midwest, Southwest, and United. It is also a major shipping hub for UPS.

By train

There is no Amtrak rail service in or near Bardstown. The closest Amtrak station is in Cincinnati, 150 miles away.


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Bardstown is a golf lover's dream with numerous championship courses in the area, each offering 18 holes of play:




There is the usual selection of fast food national chains.


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The Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown and Nelson County are wet.



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Louisville, 40 miles northwest of Bardstown , is Kentucky's largest city and home to Churchill Downs, site of the Kentucky Derby and Derby Museum. The city also offers museums to Louisville Slugger baseball bats and boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Hardin County, 20 miles west, contains Fort Knox, an army base containing the US Gold Bullion and Patton Museum. Nearby Elizabethtown houses the Schmitts Coca Cola Museum. It is also the setting of the Orlando Bloom/Kirsten Dunst movie "Elizabethtown"

Hodgenville, 20 miles to the southwest, is the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site houses a replica of the log cabin Lincoln was born in.

Lexington, 50 miles to the east, is the horse capital of the world. Yearling sales, where horses are sold for millions of dollars, takes place at Keeneland Race Course, where racing is held in April and October.

Boating interests are available at Taylorsville Lake State Park, 20 miles northeast of Bardstown. The lake also offers plenty of fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing. Tanglewood Golf Course offers 18 holes of championship golf.

Routes through Bardstown

Indianapolis Louisville  N  S  Hodgenville Glasgow
Paducah Elizabethtown  W  E  Bloomfield Georgetown
Vincennes Louisville  W  E  Springfield Danville

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