The City of Shelbyville is located in northern Kentucky, about 30 miles east of Louisville. With a population of approximately 14,000 residents, Shelbyville is supported by agricultural, business and industry sectors and has an abundance of horse farms, wineries and distilleries. Shelbyville is the county seat of Shelby County, which is known as the Saddlebred Capital of the World for superior breeding of the American Saddlebred horse at its more than 80 horse farms.
Clear Creek Golf Center & Tennis Shop
The Clear Creek Golf Center & Tennis Shop (clearcreekgolfcenter.com), located at 717 Burks Branch Road, offers a 9-hole executive golf course for beginners or advanced players. The course ranges from 1,400 to 1,700 yards, with six par-3 holes and three par-4 holes. Equipped with a driving range, the golf center offers rental golf clubs and golf carts for a small fee. The adjoining Clear Creek Tennis Center has six tennis courts available to the public when not in use by tennis leagues or classes.
Shelby County Skate Park
The Shelby County Skate Park (shelbycountyparks.com), a 10,000-square-foot outdoor steel park, is available for skateboarders and rollerbladers. The unsupervised park has a fun box, quarter pipe, concrete ledge with a euro gap and a four-foot half pipe, as well as picnic tables, rails and a highway barrier. The park is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to dusk and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bikes and scooters are not permitted.
Originally built as a water reservoir for the City of Shelbyville, Lake Shelby on Don Cuthbert Road is a 20-acre fishing lake stocked with bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie for public fishing. Visitors can rent canoes, paddle boats or row boats to take out on the lake. A wooden-boat playhouse for children has portholes, a gangplank and a deck. Recreational vehicle and tent camping is permitted on site.
Kids visiting the family-operated Mulberry Orchard and Farm (mulberryorchardky.com) can enjoy hay rides through the orchard, farm animals, a play area and finding their way out of a corn maze. The farm also sells local produce, including 15 varieties of peaches, apples, berries and vegetables, while farm products such as fresh eggs, beef jerky, honey, apple cider and preserves are sold in the market. Kids can choose their own pumpkin from the farm's pumpkin patch in the fall. It's open Fridays and Sundays 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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