Monday, August 8, 2011

Fall History Hike at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site

November 5th. Hike starts at 11:00 a.m. Museum opens at 10:00 a.m. The museum charges a small fee to visit their exceptional displays. Participants are encouraged to visit the museum before the hike to familiarize themselves with the high level details of the Perryville campaign and battle. There is also a well stocked gift ship in the museum, with many titles covering the Perryville campaign and other western battles. There are modern restrooms below the museum.

Please meet by 10:50 in front of the museum. The hike will start promptly at 11:00 a.m. and will go on rain or shine.

The hike will consist of four to five miles of walking and discussing the battle. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water, and have something to snack on. If it is a sunny day, wear sunscreen and/or a hat as the battlefield does not offer much in the way of shade. The terrain is rolling with a few short climbs. The hike will last three to four hours.

For those interested there are several locations in the general area for post hike meals and libations. The Old Owl Tavern (part of the Beaumont Inn complex) in Harrodsburg offers tasty meals and beverages. In Danville there are many choices, some of the hike leader’s favorites are The Hub Coffee House ‘n’ CafĂ©, Bluegrass Pizza and Pub, and 303 W, all in downtown Danville. If craft beers are more to your liking, the Beer Engine in Danville offers their own and other tasty microbrews on draught.

Hike Leader Info – Darryl Smith serves as a board of trustees member for the Buckeye Trail Association, is a regimental color bearer in the Civil War Trust (, and is a member of the Friends of Perryville Battlefield ( He is an avid hiker and backpacker who also has a passion for American military history. Perryville Battlefield is one of his favorite Civil War sites, due to the near pristine nature of the park, looking much like it did during that hot day in October, 1862. Please contact him at 513-321-1539 or if you need more information.

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  1. I love your blog. I am going to be visiting Perryville for the first time in November with my brother to hike the battlefield. I was hoping you could give me some information on your recommended hike. My blog is and you can email me at Thanks for your time.

  2. Thanks for the kind words! As for hiking Perryville, it depends on how long you want to hike. You can do all sorts of lengths. The longest would be ten miles, and it's a pretty good ten miles. The battlefield has little shade, so wear a hat and/or sunscreen. If you want, and have the gear, I can send you a gps file showing the ten miles. Otherwise, I would recommend getting the park map (found in the museum) and do at least stops 1 through 25 (I think). Read Noe's book (link found on the blog) before going, I've even hiked the battlefield with his book in hand, stopping and reading it along the way.



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