Fall and Winter Programs

Camp Nelson National Monument at sunrise during the Fall
A view of looking east of Camp Nelson National Monument. Fort Putnam, a reconstructed earthen artillery battery, can be seen in the center of the image.


New Seasons at Camp Nelson National Monument

The national park idea has been nurtured by each succeeding generation of Americans. Today, across our land, the National Park System represents America at its best. Each park contributes to a deeper understanding of the history of the United States and our way of life; of the natural processes which have given form to our land, and to the enrichment of the environment in which we live.
-George B. Hartzog, Jr., NPS Director, 1964-1972

Join the National Park Service (NPS) as we usher in the fall and winter seasons at Camp Nelson National Monument. The NPS is offering a wide variety of programs for visitors to see and experience at at this site.

Fall Calendar:

Saturday, November 26, 2022:
#OptOutside Hike

(10:30 am – 12:00 pm)

Looking for the perfect, post-Thanksgiving activity to enjoy with your friends and visiting relatives? Join the National Park Service (NPS) for the #OptOutside Hike at Camp Nelson National Monument!

The family-friendly hike takes place at the park on Saturday, November 26, 2022, from 10:30am-12:00pm. This program, "A Bite of History", will cover Kentucky food history, ranging from indigenous hunting in the Bluegrass region, to the "recipes" and methods that US Army soldiers used to make their meals more palatable!
This moderate hike will cover 1.5 miles over grassy fields. Visitors should meet at the Camp Nelson Visitor Center, wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes. For more information, email cane_info@nps.gov or call (859) 881- 5716.

Saturday, December 17, 2022:
Defenses of Camp Nelson Hike (Eastern Fortification Line)
(10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Join the National Park Service (NPS) for a special exploration of the historic earthworks that comprised the Defenses of Camp Nelson during the Civil War. NPS staff will guide visitors along the Eastern Fortification Line, the best-preserved earthworks at the Camp Nelson National Monument. This section featured Fort Jones, two stone rifle trenches, and an artillery battery that guarded the approaches to the base along the Hickman Creek Valley. The fortifications were constructed by enslaved African Americans impressed by the US Army.

To access the Eastern Fortification Line without having to cross the full-width of the park, visitors are instructed to meet NPS staff at the park’s Visitor Center. Participants will follow NPS staff in their cars on Danville Road Loop 2 to Sugar Creek Road to an access road and parking area that is currently closed to the public. The guided-hike begins here.

The hike will be conducted on cleared dirt paths and will involve moderate inclines. Participants should wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water.

All programs start at the park's visitor center:
6614 Danville Road Loop 2
Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356

Last updated: November 9, 2022

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6614 Old Danville Road Loop 2
Loop 2

Nicholasville , KY 40356


(859) 881-5716
The phone is usually answered 7-days per week, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Voice messages are checked regularly.

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