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Ride the Rails in Bluegrass, KY

Wow! A fun and unique adventure awaits your crew in the Bluegrass state!

Here’s a family adventure that’s worth the drive: Ride the Rails in Bluegrass, Ky! The beauty of Kentucky’s horse farms, limestone cliffs, and river views come into beautiful view during a tour with the nation’s premier railbike company, Rail Explorers. Rail Explorers Bluegrass Kentucky Division is the company’s first Southeast location. It builds on four sister locations: Boone, Iowa; The Catskills and Cooperstown, NY; and Rhode Island. The company began operations in 2015 and since has hosted more than 500,000 riders. The Bluegrass state division opened last summer.
Rail Explorers offers riders a unique experience along the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad in Versailles, Ky. Riders explore the Horse Capital of the World and heart of Bourbon Country to the cut cliffs above the Kentucky River. It’s an experience perfect for adventure-seeking families.

Ride the Rails in Bluegrass, KY

A family of four rides the rails in Bluegrass, KY.





Rail exploration is for all ages; children must be accompanied by a rider at least 16 years old who can operate the brakes. Infants must be secured in a chest harness to an adult rider; little children can be safely buckled up to enjoy the ride.
The Central Kentucky tour is a 10-mile round trip on either the Quad Railbike (up to four riders) or the Tandem Railbike (for two). After a five-mile ride west from the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad Museum, riders spend a half hour enjoying the Kentucky River view from about 100 ft. up. During this time, guides use hydraulic lifts to turn the railbikes around for the return trip. In total, it’s about a two-hour experience.

About Rail Explorers

The founders of the railbike industry in America, Rail Explorers’ custom-built railbikes are pedal-powered with hydraulic disc brakes and a custom-built electric motor. Cutting-edge technology marries design, ease-of-operation and safety. The result is an effortless ride for all abilities, the visually or hearing impaired, or differently abled. Rail Explorers’ commitment to inclusion prompted the custom electric-pedal assistance system. In addition, the all-steel-frame construction is strong enough to have no weight limit.

The Kentucky location is about 15 miles from both Lexington and Frankfort, off Highway 62 at 175 Beasley Road, Versailles, Ky. 40383. The location is about three-and-a-half hours north of Nashville. Tickets for a two-person Tandem Rail Explorer are $99 and a four-person Quad Rail Explorer is $175. Tours are open to the public and are pet friendly (pets ride for free but are limited to 40 pounds or less, one pet per bike). Limited seats are available and reservations are recommended. Visit RailExplorers.net or call 877-833-8588 to learn more and reserve tickets. Private, group and educational tours are also available. 

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Susan Swindell Day

Susan Day is the editor in chief for this award-winning publication and all-things Nashville Parent digital creative. She's also an Equity actress, screenwriter and a mom of four amazing kids.