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Boone Creek Scenic Byway- See limestone palisades and waterfalls, and horse farms and stone fences on this loop-route southeast of Lexington. Attractions include the original Grimes Mill, and an 1813 limestone house, now home of the Iroquois Hunt Club.
US 68 Scenic Byway- This byway crosses 10 counties from Marion County in central Kentucky northeast through Lexington and Maysville to the state line. Attractions include Old Fort Harrod State Park, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, and Blue Licks Battlefield State Park.

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Description - Kentucky currently has eighteen state designated scenic byways. US 68 Scenic Byway takes you through Kentucky's Blue-grass region. Old Kentucky Turnpike begins at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville and travel to My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown. See limestone palisades and waterfalls, horse farms and stone fences on the Boone Creek Scenic Byway southeast of Lexington. These are just a few examples of the many attractions along Kentucky's scenic byways.

Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.

Climate - This state experiences a temperate climate with nearly 50 inches of rainfall annually. Thirteen inches of snow is an annual average in Kentucky. There are four distinct seasons here with summer temperatures reaching 90 degrees F frequently in July and August. Low summer temperatures dip near 70 degrees F at night. Winter high temperatures often reach 45 degrees with lows dipping below freezing. Spring and fall are particularly pleasant seasons in which to visit Kentucky. Fall months are the driest. The humidity levels in the state average near 54 degrees throughout the year. The humidity during the winter months averages somewhat higher.

Location - Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state.

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Kentucky - Kentucky is mostly rural with the economic centers of Lexington and Louiville in the center of the state. The Appalachian Mountains dominate the eastern portion of the state with the Mississippi River creating the western border.


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