Boone Creek Outdoors

The historic and spectacular Boone Creek gorge is a privately owned natural wonder previously inaccessible by the public. Boone Creek Outdoors allows guests to experience the natural beauty of this unique area in a thrilling, minimally invasive manner through our World Class Zipline Canopy Tour, Boone Creek Angler’s Club, and more!

The Boone Creek gorge and Kentucky River palisades offer a complimentary but contrasting landscape to the bluegrass savannah for which Lexington, Kentucky is known worldwide. Our gorge and the palisades river region were the first areas settled by pioneers streaming over the Cumberland Gap. Following the wilderness road here to the Kentucky River area, the first seeds of commerce created the foundation for our signature brands when Kentucky was still a part of the Western Frontier. We are located less than 100 yd off exit 99 on I-75 on Old Richmond Road and about 20 minutes from downtown Lexington.

Our Zipline Canopy Tour features 6 zip lines (the longest of which is almost 1400 ft long!), 3 sky bridges, a rappel, a spiral and floating staircase: all suspended from the magnificent hardwoods. During the tour you will traverse in and over the gorge and Boone Creek itself soaring up to 200 feet in the air gaining perspectives that are otherwise impossible to achieve. As you make your way through the native hardwood canopy you are able to reach breathtaking views as our guides share local history and knowledge of the unique ecosystem to be found here on Boone Creek and in the Kentucky palisades region. The Boone Creek Zipline Canopy tour is a thrilling multidimensional experience for the entire family.

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Current Sustainable Practices

These are the Green Check scorecard items that have already been completed by Boone Creek Outdoors:

Sustainability Management and the Green Team

  • Designate a Sustainability Coordinator or Green Team responsible for managing sustainability initiatives.

Awareness, Education and Outreach

  • Include sustainability tips in a monthly newsletter.
  • Provide volunteers for community environmental projects annually.
  • Host an environmental event at your location.
  • Sponsor an environmental booth at an existing community event.

Energy Efficiency

  • Set water heater thermostats to a maximum of 120 degrees or install an inline water heater.
  • Have your HVAC system evaluated every 2 years by a certified service provider.
  • Establish a dress code that encourages employees to dress for thermal comfort.
  • Install programmable thermostats and use them to adjust temperature during unoccupied hours.
  • Insulate roof to control energy loss.
  • Install efficiency-rated HVAC of minimum standard SEER rating of 14.0.
  • Daylight work spaces wherever possible.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

  • Implement a basic recycling program.
  • Train and require janitorial service or staff responsible for cleaning to segregate waste and recyclable materials.
  • Use reusable mugs and dishware instead of disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Establish a policy for environmentally friendly printing such as twosided printing, reusing copy paper, and electronic document sharing.
  • Develop or participate in an existing composting program.

Water Conservation

  • Assess, track, and document water consumption using Energy Star Portfolio Manager or similar program.
  • Install water efficient toilets in all of the restrooms.

Water Quality

  • Establish preventative maintenance program for sanitary sewer lateral lines on your property.
  • Coordinate or participate in a community litter clean-up.
  • Before washing parking lots, sweep debris/litter and do not use cleaners.

Urban Forestry and Landscapes

  • Participate in a community reforestation project.
  • Assess the ecosystem services of trees on property using the National Tree Benefits Calculator.
  • Establish a sustainability statement for landscape contracts.
  • Establish a native species-only plant replacement policy for tree and shrub planting.
  • Remove all invasive species from property.
  • Establish an Integrated Pest Management policy to reduce use of pesticides in the landscape.
  • Establish environmentally friendly lawn care policies to reduce chemical pesticide and fertilizer use.
  • Plant a rain garden.

Transportation Efficiency

  • Adopt a telecommuting option and make it available to employees.
  • Designate parking spaces for hybrid vehicles and/or install EV charging stations.
  • Install weather-protected bike storage (indoor or outdoor).

Pending Certification