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Jon boats and pontoons putter across the calm waters of Wilgreen Lake Marina, while just beneath the surface, bass and bluegill flit past fishing lines. Founded by passionate bass angler Randy Nunley, the idle-speed marina strives to serve as a fisherman’s oasis. In addition to the rental fleet, a bait shop peddles live bait, tackle, and waterproof love notes for luring in fish. Nunley also fires up competitive spirits with annual bass tournaments.

520 Wilgreen Lake Rd
Richmond,
KY
US

Sheltowee Trace Outfitters’ founder, Rick Egedi, has navigated Kentucky’s waters since 1981. At his adventure center, he and his staff lead guided trips on area rivers, such as the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. Canoers, whitewater rafters, and tubers can float through placid, sun-dappled segments or conquer frothing rapids; alternatively, shorter trips ferry adventurers straight to the foot of the Cumberland Falls, where they can feel the waterfall’s spray and see that, despite conspiracy theories, it is not just water descending an escalator.

For landlubbers, the center’s activities range from trips up a climbing wall to geocaching excursions, on which visitors prowl through the surrounding greenery on a tech-savvy scavenger hunt using GPS tracking to turn up hidden caches of trinkets. During multiday outdoor trips, visitors can spend the night in nearby lodgings, such as quaint cabins and campgrounds, rather than sleeping atop nature’s waterbed—the puddle.

2001 Highway 90
Corbin,
KY
US

Not much compares to a sports fan’s loyalty to their school, and loyal fans choose Fan Outfitters as the best place to find Cardinals gear, apparel, and gifts. The shop equips supporters of all ages with T-shirts, jackets, hats, and sunglasses, as well as Adidas gear emblazoned with the University of Louisville insignia, ranging from hats and shirts to equipment bags and footballs. Fan Outfitters even carries products for kids, prepping the next generation of fans with shoes, dresses, and pacifiers. Their gifts make great presents for all occasions, whether celebrating the start of basketball season or helping your neighbor build a wall of baseball caps between your properties.

4101 Tates Creek Centre Dr
Lexington,
KY
US

Only in Kentucky equips natives and visitors alike with Kentucky-themed collectables, from University of Kentucky Wildcats merchandise to culinary items such as cookbooks and sauces. Shoppers can bathe under the watchful eyes of 100%-polyester felines with a UK shower curtain ($13.99), or accessorize the side-view mirrors of hatchbacks, SUVs, and vintage Batmobiles with logoed mirror covers ($21.99). Filled with classic Southern recipes, The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook imparts instruction on how to craft bourbon-inspired masterpieces ($24.95), while spicy salsas and barbecue sauces provide an extra kick to meals ($3.95–$15.95). Metal emblem shot glasses ($5.99) infuse each beverage with a Bluegrass-State amusement as traditional as horse, car, or squirrel races.

401 W Main St
Lexington,
KY
US

Phillip Gall's outfits hikers, campers, and paddlers with durable outdoor apparel and equipment from brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, and Osprey. Outdoorsmen can wrap their torsos in Patagonia T-shirts with 50+ UPF sun protection woven into their stretchy fabric ($29) to protect skin from burning and keep Rorschach tattoos from fading away. Meanwhile, women's quick-drying, abrasion-resistant Paramount Moraine shorts from The North Face ($40) keep stems comfortable and protected on arduous mountain hikes. The Osprey UL raincover ($34–$39) shelters backpacks from moisture during treks under waterfalls and through locker-room shower stalls, and summer campers can swaddle themselves in a CoolMax sleeping-bag liner ($44.95), designed for use on its own or layered for warmth on chilly, starlit nights.

1555 E New Circle Rd
Lexington,
KY
US

A cursory scan of the scorecard at Beckett Ridge Golf Club might excite two types of golfers: long, aggressive hitters and those who pride themselves on accuracy with the irons. The excitement is a direct result of the course's five par 5s and three par 3s, making for a par 72 setup that deviates slightly from the classic 4-12-4 model. The arrangement is the work of Jack Kidwell, a locally famous course architect who designed more than 100 courses in Ohio alone. While length is important for players who try to reach par 5 greens in two shots or one rocket launch, Mr. Kidwell saw that placement remained paramount?primarily by leaving intact the site's meandering streams and tree lines.

The first hole is a long, unforgiving par 5 that makes for a bombastic introduction to what comes?one where a forgiving first shot landing area precedes a tricky second shot uphill. Similarly, No. 13 is a par 3 that only seems like a long iron shot at first glance. An enormous, receptive green is positioned 50 feet below the tee boxes, making it play much shorter than its 195 yards.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,857 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 136 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard

5595 Beckett Ridge Blvd
West Chester,
OH
US