River View Park

400 Wilkinson Blvd.

Frankfort, KY 40601 (MAP IT HERE)

Walking & Jogging Trail  /  River Access  /  River Tours  /  Boat Rentals  /  Floating Dock

Farmers Market  /  Picnicking  /  Amphitheater  /  Community Art  

Park Overview

River View Park, located in downtown Frankfort along the banks of the Kentucky River, is one of the most picturesque and popular parks in Frankfort!  The park offers picnic areas and a small shelter to have lunch with beautiful views of the Kentucky River, a 1.4 mile paved walking / jogging trail, access to the river is available with a floating dock for canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and other paddle boats.  If you arrive to the park by water, there is limited daily moorage for motorized boats.  No overnight moorage, fuel or other services are provided.  There are several public art projects throughout the park, the Ward Oates Amphitheater, and historical and interpretive sites throughout the park.    

Canoe Kentucky

In partnership with Canoe Kentucky, canoe and kayak rentals are available along with guided trips boat tours are available. See Canoe Kentucky's website to explore all they have to offer!  

River View Trail

The River View Trail is a 1.4 mile paved trail that begins at the Ward Oates Amphitheater near 520 West Main Street, and follows the Kentucky River and Wilkinson Blvd. to Buffalo Trace Distillery at Fair Oaks Lane.   The trail is mostly flat with beautiful views of the Kentucky River, access to other trails in the park system, access to restaurants and businesses, and access to Buffalo Trace Distillery, a National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest and largest bourbon distillery's in the world.  

Farmers Market

Held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, a local farmers market is located at River View Park.  Several vendors from around the central Kentucky region come to the park and sell farm fresh fruits and vegetables and various other KY proud products. Visit the farmers market website here for more information. The market is located at 404 Wilkinson Blvd.  

Ward Oates Amphitheater

An event venue for outdoor concerts, weddings, reunions, and other function. Check out the amphitheater page for additional information. 

Bourbon on the Banks

Bourbon on the Banks, held each October, is a large bourbon tasting festival that attracts visitors from all over the United States and the world!  Distillery's from all across the region come to River View Park and set up booths and displays for visitors to the event to taste hundreds of different bourbons.  Other activities include a family night with children's activities, circus, arts and crafts, music, food vendors and other family activities.  For full information on the event, please visit https://bourbononthebanks.org/ for full information, dates and times.  

Further Information & Contact

For questions or more information concerning River View Park, please contact us at 502-875-8575 or email parksinfo@frankfort.ky.gov.  


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