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Spencer County, Ky: Escape to nature

In 2019 the LG&E and KU Foundation awarded “Plant for the Planet” grants to 25 organizations statewide, including Friends of Taylorsville Lake State Park, a nonprofit group of volunteers who work tirelessly to protect the park and the natural wonders in and around the lake, like 24 miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding. The Friends planted 15 trees throughout the camping area of the park in the spring.

Taylorsville Lake is 18.5 miles long. The annual Taylorsville Lake Paddle Battle, hosted by Taylorsville-Spencer County Tourist, Recreation & Convention Commission, has grown exponentially since it began in 2015. Now an event in the Kentucky Waterman Series, the June weekend features chip timing for those racing in canoes, kayaks and standup paddleboards.

County Seat: Taylorsville; Matthew Douglas, mayor; taylorsville.ky.gov

Estimated 2019 population: 18,794

No. of households: 6,678

Median household income: $68,916

Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce: Stacey Koon, president; spencercountykychamber.com

Taylorsville-Spencer County Recreation, Tourist & Convention Commission: Stacey Koon, chair; visittaylorsville.com

Judge-Executive: John Riley; spencercountyky.gov