PERRYVILLE, Ky. – Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site will host two hiking opportunities May 17.


The two hikes, one for birding and the other on the battlefield history, are free to the public.


The birding hike starts at 8:30 a.m. at the park museum, with Roseanna Denton as the guide. Perryville has nearly 1,000 preserved acres of battlefield that are perfect birding habitat. The park includes dozens of acres of native grasses – host to rare birds that regularly return to the park to nest and brood their young.


The other hike is the Perryville Spring Walking Tour sponsored by the Friends of Perryville Battlefield and the Cincinnati Civil War Roundtable. Guides will be Chuck Lott and Darryl Smith.


The morning hike will be from 9 a.m. to noon, starting at the picnic shelter. The title of the walk is “Cheatham Strikes the Federal Left,” and the walk will cover about 3 miles.

The afternoon walk is from 1 to 4 p.m. and is titled “Men of Iron.” Meet at the Confederate Cemetery. This walk is also about 3 miles.


There will be a gathering at 5 p.m. to discuss the walks at V-the Market at 130 South Fourth in Danville.


Attendees should wear comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes, bring water and snacks, and pack a lunch.


The park’s Museum Shop will be open. It offers great Kentucky Crafted items that are suitable for any occasion. Guests who take either the bird or the battlefield tour will get a coupon for 10 percent off books.


Perryville is the scene of the most destructive Civil War battle in the state, with the number of wounded, killed or missing numbering more than 7,000. The park museum tells of the battle that was the South’s last serious attempt to gain possession of Kentucky. The battlefield is one of the most unaltered Civil War sites in the nation; vistas today remain virtually those soldiers saw on that fateful day in 1862.



The Kentucky State Parks are part of Gov. Steve Beshear’s effort to improve the health of all Kentuckians. The Governor launched kyhealthnow as an aggressive and wide-ranging initiative to significantly reduce incidence and deaths from Kentucky’s dismal health rankings and habits. It builds on Kentucky’s successful implementation of health care reform and uses multiple strategies – including participation in outdoor activities at state parks -- over the next several years to improve the state’s collective health. Visit kyhealthnow.ky.gov

The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov



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