SHELBYVILLE SHELBY CO PARKS & RECREATION    717 Burks Branch Road, Shelbyville, KY 40065    (502) 633-5059    Fax: (502) 633-7924
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Shelby Trails Park

5063 Aiken Road
Simpsonville, KY 40067 

This park is 462 acres.

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Class I Sand & River Sand for construction of outdoor horse arena
Round Pen Gates
Hay Rings
Cash donations for future park improvements
*All donations are tax deductible. 
Call Shawn Pickens for more information at 633-5059 or Clay Cottongim at 502-321-0612.


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Maps and Directions

Map of Trails

Directions to Shelby Trails Park:
Please insert Shelby Trails Park, 5063 Aiken Road, Simpsonville, KY 40067 into your GPS for best results.

From Shelbyville:
Take Smithfield/LaGrange Road (beside fairgrounds) to Aiken Road.  Turn left onto Aiken Road.  Go to the four-way stop and turn right.  Shelby Trails will be on the left in Todds Point. 

From Simpsonville:
Take Todds Point Road to four-way stop and turn left.  Shelby Trails will be on the left in Todds Point.

Rules & Regulations 

  • Park riding and foot traffic hours are dawn to dusk.
  • All animals shall enter the park with a current negative coggins and current health certificate.  Proof required upon registration.
  • Always sign in and out at the stables when arriving to ride at Shelby Trails Park.  This is for your safety and gives us a count for trail usage for future plans and funding.
  • Park your horse trailer and vehicles in parking lot area out in front of the stables.
  • Always ride with a partner. DO NOT RIDE ALONE for safety reasons.  Please carry a cell phone in case of an emergency.
  • Stay on mowed and /or marked trails in forested areas.
  • DO NOT RIDE in hay fields or native grass areas.
  • Watch for holes, dips and obstacles while riding.
  • Water troughs are available at the restroom building and Webb Road rest areas.
  • Ride at a slow pace so you become familiar with the park and surroundings.
  • Remember, Shelbyville-Shelby County Parks Board is not responsible for accidents or injury to you, your horse or personal property. State Recreation Law applies. This is a privilege to ride on park property. Do not abuse this privilege.
  • Pets must always be on a leash of 6 feet or less and under physical control while in the park.
  • No private individual is entitled to use the park for their own personal capital gain.  (Charging others for trail riding or lessons on park property)
  • No alcoholic beverages allowed.
  • No smoking in stables or on trails.
  • Speed limit 15MPH (Please watch for horses & pedestrians)
  • No ATVs or motorized bikes.
  • Reservations may be required.
  • Weight, age and height restrictions may apply.

History of Shelby Trails Park

It all began back in 2001 when Clay Cottongim, Director of Shelby County Parks, received a phone call from fellow State Parks friend, Cary Tichenor.  Tichenor informed Cottongim that Dr. Roger & Diane Shott of Anchorage, KY, wanted to give Kentucky State Parks a piece of land in western Shelby County.  The State Park Department was not interested in the land because it did not have any historical significance.  Clay then made a call to Mrs. Shott and was out riding the trails of the property within a week.  It has now become an annual event for Clay and the Shotts to have lunch, ride the trails, and discuss the dreams and plans for the Shott property.

Shelby Trails Park was officially deeded to Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks & Recreation on Tuesday, July 13, 2010.

This property consists of approximately 462 acres with about 80-85% being forested.  Trails have already been established by Mrs. Shott throughout the property.  There is also an indoor riding arena and a 7-8 stall stable on the property and Parks Department.  In 2012, 17 stalls were added to the exisiting stable.  Several other buildings exist on the property that will be used for storage and other future uses.  

The Shott's have requested that the property be left as natural as possible and utilized for an equestrian/nature preserve.  Clay Cottongim, Parks Director at the time, the Shotts, and River Fields, a conservation group that helps protect and preserve natural resources, teamed up in 2006-2007 to set guidelines on how the property can and will be utilized.  River Fields will make periodic inspections of the property to insure that Shelby Trails Park is being utilized in accordance with the Shott's wishes.

 Shelby Trails Park has areas which can be built on and areas which can not be disturbed.  Future plans for this park include: primitive camping, wrangler camp, various special events, nature classes/outings, and leasing the stables/riding arena to companies that specialize in riding lessons and trail rides.



Dr. Roger & Diane Shott, donors of Shelby Trails Park.
Pictured on the left are Diane & Dr. Roger Shott of Anchorage, KY who donated Shelby Trails Park in western Shelby County.