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Camp Nelson

6614 Danville Road, Nicholasville, KY 40356, USA

Camp Nelson was a major Union supply depot for the armies of the Ohio and Cumberland. It supplied the Union invasion of Knoxville and the Battles of Saltville in southwest Virginia. It was also the third largest recruiting base for African-American soldiers in the United States, with more than ten thousand black soldiers recruited there. More than 400 acres of the 4,000-acre campsite have been purchased and are being preserved for interpretation. The white house that once served as the officers' quarters has been restored and now acts as a vistors center and museum. A 3-mile interpretive trail goes through the depot section and the northern line of fortifications.


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From I-75 take exit 110 (U.S. 60) west to New Circle Road (Kentucky 4) in Lexington. Follow Kentucky 4 east to the Nicholasville Road exit; take Nicholasville Road (U.S. 27) south approximately 10 miles to Nicholasville; proceed on the Nicholasville Bypass 5 miles south of the city. From U.S. 27 turn east (left) onto Kentucky 1268 and make an immediate right onto old U.S. 27. Proceed about 1 mile to Camp Nelson, which is on the left.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, information, handicapped access, gift shop, museum, archaeological lab, walking tour, trails, brochures

Available Interpretation

interpretive trails open every day from dawn to dusk

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Park Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 9:00AM - 5:00PM. White House Tours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00AM - 4:00PM.



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