River View Park

404 Wilkinson Blvd

This park provides a scenic riverside picnic area located off Wilkinson Blvd. on the banks of the Kentucky River. It is across the street from the Holiday Inn Capital Plaza Hotel.

Along with a Welcome Pavilion/Shelter, there are picnic tables where friends and families can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the river while picnicking and/or socializing. There are 16 historic sites including prehistoric and early Indian cultures along the one mile walking trail. A monument representing the three original Kentucky counties can be found on the trail, as well as a refurbished 1800's bridge.

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Kentucky River View Park – A cooperative project of several local and state agencies, Kentucky River View Park runs along both banks of the Kentucky River alongside Wilkinson Street in downtown Frankfort. Several trail-side panels tell about Frankfort’s many connections to the Kentucky River, and guided tours are available seasonally as well. A memorial stone commemorates the junction of Kentucky’s three original counties at the mouth of Benson Creek, a Kentucky River tributary. The park offers hiking trails – part of an extensive city-wide system - and a picnic shelter and boat dock. From the dock, visitors can tour a beautiful portion of the Kentucky River on the tour boat “Nancy Wilkinson.” Canoes and kayaks can be rented here during summertime. Located at the south end of the park is Frankfort’s new Ward Oates Amphitheatre, which provides a serene setting for musical and theatrical presentations. Perhaps the park’s most popular feature is the Farmers’ Market Pavilion, where shoppers can obtain local vegetables, fruit, meat, flowers, and other produce. The Farmers’ Market is at the west end of Broadway.

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It also offers a fishing pier, boat dock, marble yard and May through October there is a Farmer's Market on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

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