For over 15 years, I’ve called Kentucky home and have lived in this region my entire life. My personal Kentucky bucket list grows on a weekly basis as I discover even more to love about this state. The back roads and small towns between Lexington, Frankfort, and Louisville are some of my favorite areas of Kentucky, so when a brand new attraction opened in Versailles, I knew I had to check it out. If you follow along with things to do in Kentucky, chances are you’ve heard of the opening of Rail Explorers USA in the Bluegrass. We booked an evening tour for our family of four and it was such a unique, memorable night out together. I’m excited to share our experience and everything you need to know before you ride the rails with Rail Explorers USA in Kentucky.


I’m so grateful to have crossed “rail biking in Kentucky” off of my bucket list. I am not at all surprised that Rail Explorers is booked out through the rest of the 2023 season. Right now, the last ride is scheduled for the end of October, but they will start back up again in May of 2024! Definitely keep an eye on the Rail Explorers social media and website for future bookings, but the 2024 schedule will open up on the site by February 1st. The staff also mentioned that you can call the day of and see if there happen to be any cancellations. This is rare, but maybe worth a try! The phone number is 1-877-833-8588.

If you have any other questions about Rail Explorers, the FAQ section on the site is very helpful!

If you want to make an overnight out of your visit to Rail Explorers, there are many charming places to stay in Versailles. Here’s an adorable option in downtown Versailles, a few units within the inviting Woodford Hotel, or really live it up with a stay at The Kentucky Castle, which is just 12 minutes from the Bluegrass Railroad Museum.

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