Sports and Recreation in Danville, KY
Conveniences include rec complex, fishing, walking trails, golf
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It’s easy to stay active in Danville and Boyle County, where residents have many choices for sports and recreational activities, both indoors and outdoors.
The William E. "Bunny" Davis Recreation Complex is a popular recreation resource for residents, with racquetball and tennis courts, a 25-meter swimming pool, step/aerobic and dance classes, and free weights and cardiovascular equipment areas. There is also a wallyball court and basketball courts, and karate classes are available.
Fishing and Wildlife Watching
Open to everyone free of charge from dawn to dusk every day is the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge, just 15 minutes outside Danville. The refuge features five miles of nature trails and a 500-acre preserve for a wide variety of birds, plants and other wildlife. Also on site is Herrington Lake, the deepest lake in Kentucky, with plenty of boating opportunities and fishing spots to cast for bass, catfish and bluegill.
Parks in Boyle County provide residents and visitors with activities to enjoy all year, and Millennium Park in Danville is one of the biggest in the area. Millennium features baseball, football, soccer and softball fields along with a skate park, playgrounds, dog park, picnic areas, walking trails and a lake.
Henry Jackson Park in Danville has baseball fields and playgrounds and has undergone some recent improvements, including doubling the size of its paved walking trail to 1.2 miles, and adding nine holes to its disc golf course to make the venue a full 18-hole facility. At Cowan Street Park, an open field allows a variety of uses that include football, soccer and baseball practices, while a basketball court and playgrounds are also in the park.
Try hitting ‘em long and straight at two well-regarded courses in Boyle County that are open year round. Old Bridge Golf Club was constructed in 1989 and is a semi-private destination near the banks of Herrington Lake, with its 18 holes spanning 6,790 yards. Danville Country Club is a private facility that opened in 1924 and in 1998 added its clubhouse that holds a restaurant, card room, locker room and shower facilities for members. The club also has six lighted tennis courts and an Olympic-sized heated swimming pool.
Lightning Valley Motorsports Park
On U.S. 127 in Junction City, Lightning Valley Motorsports Park is a one-fifth-mile clay oval that is ideal for kart racing. It hosts numerous races, many of which have large purses, during a long season that stretches from mid-March to early November. Most action takes place on Saturday nights.