Bluegrass River Run

The Explore Kentucky Initiative is proud to announce the creation of Bluegrass River Run presented by BeintheWater as a the kick-off event of the 2017 Kentucky Waterman Series season. BRR is a great early season race and family-fun float to recover from the winter. Paddlers will blast off from Kentucky State Parks‘s Fort Boonesborough State Park on a portion of the beautiful palisades section of the Kentucky River that flows through the heart of the Bluegrass region. Starting from the beach below historic Fort Boonesborough founded by the great frontiersman Daniel Boone, the race will follow the river through impressive rock outcroppings of the Kentucky Palisades. Paddlers will be immersed in the ambiance of early spring with beautiful views of river banks in full bloom. Along the way at each turn in the river you'll see many varieties of dogwoods, as well as maples, weeping cherry trees, redbuds and other flowering species. The 6 mile race will end at Proud Mary BBQ in Fayette County and the 19 mile at the historic Valley View Ferry which has been in operation since 1780. We will also field a youth division for ages 10 – 16!