Shelby County Parks 717 Burks Branch Road, Shelbyville, KY 40065 502.633.5059

Shelby Trails Park

Shelby Trails Park is located in Simpsonville, KY at 5063 Aiken Road in the heart of Kentucky horse country with easy access from Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati. Unplug from the hustle and bustle and reconnect with nature on foot or horseback.  Spend a little time with friends or family getting back to the basics and connect with horses and the natural environment.  Indulge your love of horses and nature!  Shelby Trails Park is a great way to experience a great hike, a new adventure for you and your own horse, a guided horseback ride, or take a lesson and learn to ride.  The park welcomes hikers, trail runners, bird watchers, and all outdoor and nature enthusiasts.

Shelby Trails Park was officially deeded to Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks & Recreation in 2010 by Dr. Roger & Diane Shott of Anchorage, KY. The Shott’s vision was to dedicate this 387 acre  piece of land in Shelby County as an equestrian and nature preserve for all to enjoy.  The Shott’s were horse enthusiast and loved their farm and designed, built, and maintained miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding that they enjoyed for many years.  Now with their very generous donation to our park system, all of Shelby County and visitors to Shelby County can enjoy their wonderful farm turned into a premiere equestrian park and nature preserve.

Shelby Trails Park has grown to now 462 acres that includes 21 dedicated, groomed, hiking and horseback riding trails, a beautiful 32 stall barn and an indoor and outdoor arena for year-round riding.  The park welcomes hikers, trail runners, bird watchers, photographers, and all outdoor and nature enthusiasts. Horse enthusiasts may trailer in your own horse and access all multipurpose park trails after paying the day use fee or purchasing a yearly permit at the barn. There are no fees for hikers and other park patrons.

Red Fern Riding Center is located within Shelby Trails Park and is the official concessionaire of Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks & Recreation. Red Fern Riding Center offers guided trail rides, riding lessons and horse boarding. To learn more and to access their services, visit or call 502-437-4375.

To purchase an Annual Riding Pass, please CLICK HERE.

To purchase a Day Pass, (does not include access to the cross country course),

To purchase a Cross Country Course Annual Pass (Includes trail riding)

Cross Country Course Day Pass (includes trail riding)

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Park Rules

  • Gates are open 7am until dusk – foot traffic and horse riding is permitted year around
  • Speed limit in the park is 15mph
  • Park in designated areas only
  • ATVs, motorized vehicles and bikes/bicycles are not permitted in the park
  • Smoking on trails or in buildings is prohibited
  • Use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited
  • Pets must be leashed and under control of owner at all times. Pets are not permitted in the stable and/or fenced pastures without prior permission granted by Red Fern Riding Center staff. Please clean up pet waste.
  • Payments for day passes and/or yearly trail permits can be made at the barn
  • Please stay within park property and do not trespass on private property
  • Campfires and fireworks are not allowed
  • Swimming and fishing in ponds is prohibited
  • Discharge of firearms is prohibited
  • Fighting, offensive language and bullying will not be tolerated
  • RVs, camping and overnight parking is prohibited
  • No private individual is entitled to use the park for their own capital gain
  • Personal safety – accompany the park with a buddy, let others know where you are going and for how long. Always carry a personal ID, emergency contact information and cell phone
  • Do not disturb and please respect vegetation and wildlife. Do not feed wildlife.
  • Leave no trace
  • Only animals with a current negative Coggins test are allowed to enter the park, owners shall possess current certificate of proof when in the park
  • All park entry should be made through the main gate at 5063 Aiken Road
  • Please remain on established trails
  • Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks Board and Red Fern Riding Center LLC is not responsible for accidents or injury to you, your horse or personal property. State recreation law applies.
  • It is a privilege to ride on park property, please do not abuse this privilege.