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1862’s Battle of Perryville was the most important Civil War engagement fought in Kentucky; some historians believe it was as decisive as any fought during the Civil War. Take a self-guided Perryville Battlefield Walking Tour, or visit in October for the world-famous annual reenactment. The battlefield is not only a significant historic landmark but also a scenic and relaxing hiking spot. Pick up a map at the museum to navigate over 20 miles of self-guided trails, each with interpretive signs explaining the history, geography, and wildlife of the region. As you walk through the same beautiful Bluegrass woodlands that the soldiers of Perryville saw a century and a half ago, you’ll be walking back into the past while experiencing the timeless beauty of nature.