Urban Bourbon Hike the Hop – A walking tour of Downtown’s Bourbon District

Centered around Louisville the Urban Bourbon District is over 50 establishments; Hotels, bars, and restaurants, each offering a unique Bourbon experience whether it be a Distillery tour, a  Bourbon-inspired dish, a Derby Mint Julep or the official drink of Louisville Kentucky the Old Fashioned. Many of our favorite stops feature from 50 to over 150 varieties of Bourbon. You might find a Bourbon dinner at Edward Lee’s Whiskey Dry or perhaps a tour of the 7 distilleries along the hike. Not ready for a full tour? Most if not all distilleries have a shop you can pop in a check out for free at any time and Since 2008, the city of Louisville has now invented a fun unique way to celebrate the state beverage by creating the Urban Bourbon Trail. If you haven’t picked up your Bourbon Passport please do before the hike so when you hit Trail you can get stamped.

Distance: 5.9 miles one-way round trip
Steps: ~18,000 -20,000 steps each way
Turns or Loops: 11/1
Elevations: Mostly Flat and Low, no hills
ADA: Yes
Weather: Outdoor uncovered
Transportation backup: Free and fare required TARC routes. LouLift runs most of this path with buses passing every 15 minutes from 7 am to 7 pm along the full length of the route should you need to stop the hike.
Parking: On street paid, $1.50 per hour or free after 6 pm, lots and garages on every block for $3-6 daily
Highlights: Distillery tours, galleries, window shopping, food, visitor center, tourist attractions, local landmarks, street, and public art.

Main Street Distillery walking tour in Downtown Louisville – Hike the Hop route on Google maps

Take a medium to long Hike on the Republic Bank First Friday Hop

This route is just over 5.8 miles from just off East Main street down 4th Street for about 4 blocks than on to West Main Street and should clock you in at around 10,000 steps round trip.

This route is mostly flat with clear paved sidewalks, public paths and should be fully ADA accessible with audio and visual walk signs, curb ramps and wide smooth paths. This path does include bike lanes on roughly half the route and in sections where it does not include bike lanes traffic flows at bike-friendly speeds.

Featured on the Urban Bourbon Hike from East Main Street to West Main Street

Urban Bourbon Hike on Main Street Louisville  – 7 distilleries all on one route through the heart of Kentucky’s Bourbon District with local boutiques, bistros, gift shops and galleries filled with fun local art and creatives treats along the way. 
  • Vendome Copper and Brass – Where the world’s best copper stills are made (Call for apt)
  • Rabbit Hole Distillery (Shop & Tours daily) 
  • Angel’s Envy Distillery (Shop & Tours daily) 
  • Old Forester Distillery (Shop & Tours daily) 
  • Down One Bourbon Bar
  • Barrel On Main – Landmark Artwork
  • Evan William’s Bourbon Experience at the Evan Williams Distillery (Shop & Tours daily) 
  • Mitchter’s Fort Nelson Distillery (Shop & Tours daily) 
  • Art Eatables
  • Kentucky Peerless (Shop & Tours daily) 
  • Old 502 Winery

If you plan to attend the tours on this hike please purchase your tour tickets in advance as they often sell out on the day of the tour. Each distillery sells tickets individually. Please purchase online or on location in advance or make reservations where available. 

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