Musician from Cumberland Highlanders playing his mandolin on porch of Bill Monroe Homeplace, Jerusalem Ridge, Rosine.

Lottie Davies

Bluegrass Country

Drive through Bluegrass Country on a sunny day and you'll spy horses grazing in the brilliant-green hills dotted with ponds, poplar trees and handsome estate houses. These once-wild woodlands and meadows have been a center of horse breeding for more than 250 years. The region's natural limestone deposits – you'll see limestone bluffs rise majestically from out of nowhere – are said to produce especially nutritious grass. In spring the pastures bloom with tiny azure buds, hence the 'Bluegrass' name. Steer your wheels to Old Frankfort Pike (aka KY 1681), a byway between Frankfort and Lexington, and experience the landscape in all its glory.


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Bluegrass Country and beyond