Best of the Bluegrass

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News June 2018

From beautiful horse farms to tasty distilleries to the longest cave system in the world, there's a wealth of accessible attractions in Kentucky.

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I was in Lexington, Ky., with about 90 other wheelchair users for the fifth annual Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Since a main topic for this year was wheelchair-accessible travel, I planned on venturing from my hotel to practice just that and experience all the best accessible sites within easy striking distance.

Equestrian Tales

Jason Jones, co-organizer of the Kentucky SCI Congress, says Lexington is a launch pad for bourbon tours and horse farms. Jones is a C4 quadriplegic from a high-jump accident in high school and uses a power wheelchair for mobility. 

The Bourbon Trail

If it’s bourbon, it was distilled in Kentucky. There are hundreds of distilleries in the Bluegrass State, ready and willing to welcome tourists.

Mammoth Cave 

Mammoth Cave National Park topped my must-see list. A 90-minute drive southwest of Lexington, the park features more than 400 miles of caves, making it the longest known cave system in the world.

Fairs & Festivals

If that’s not enough entertainment, Kentucky has plenty of fairs and festivals statewide and year-round. 

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