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The Kentuckiana region is blessed with the natural beauty of rolling hills, peaceful waterways, and lush trees, making the area's parks one of the biggest draws for residents and visitors. In just the Metro Louisville area alone, more than 120 public parks offer visitors a wide variety of outdoor experiences. To make things even more interesting, a number of Louisville's parks were designed and created by nationally-renowned landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead, who is most famous for creating Central Park in New York City. Olmstead's vision for Louisville's park systems was to bring nature into neighborhoods in a way that would shape the city's geography, social interactions, and economies - a vision that is still very prominent in the city's landscape today.

Outside Louisville's Metro Parks are even more options for people to play, grow, learn, and be healthy. Kentuckiana has a number of State and National parks that are a must-see for any nature lover. Some of these have a rich historic relevance while others that are simply striking with beauty.

Rustic campsites, multi-purpose trails for scenic hiking and biking, well-managed wildlife habitats, and sparkling lakes for boating and water sports encourage residents to relax and explore the beauty of the great outdoors. Kentuciana’s parks offer a variety of facilities and services to ensure year-round activities and adventures.



Major Parks in Louisville

Central Park
1340 S Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40208

Central Park is located in the heart of Old Louisville. Nestled in the middle of the largest collection of Victorian homes in the U.S. and the summer venue for free Kentucky Shakespeare Festival performances, Central Park offers a uniqueness that can make you almost step back in time, while also serving as an ideal place to relax or play all year round. 

Long Run Park
1605 Flat Rock Rd.
Louisville, KY 40245

Located in east Louisville, just past Middletown, Long Run Park offers a plethora of activities from fishing and golf to horseback riding and picnicking. Kids of all ages can also enjoy the well-kept playground and sprayground that are surrounded by shaded picnic and grilling areas.  

Shawnee Park
4501 W Broadway
Louisville, KY 40211

Shawnee Park is another Frederick Law Olmstead design that is perfect for picnics, sports, parades, and large public gatherings. The park includes a popular golf course, a state-of-the-art outdoor athletic complex and more. Louisville's RiverWalk Trail passes through Shawnee Park and extends across the city's waterfront.

Cherokee Park
745 Cochran Hill Rd.
Louisville, KY 40206

This nearly 400-acre park located in the Highlands area was one of the original parks designed by Frederick Law Oldstead. The park’s main feature is the 2.4-mile Scenic Loop which offers separate lanes for vehicle traffic and recreational users. Cherokee Park offers a wide variety of amenities and activities including archery, fishing, hiking & biking, a dog run, a golf course, and much more.

McNeely Lake Park
10500 Cedar Creek Rd.
Louisville, KY 40229

With over 760 acres, including a 46-acre fishing lake with a pier and boat ramp, McNeely Lake Park is one of the largest in the Louisville Metro Park system. The park also offers hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic shelters, a Korean War Memorial, and more. 

Waterfront Park
River Road
Louisville, KY 40202

Totaling 85 acres along the Ohio River, Waterfront Park is the "front door to Kentucky" and serves as a playground for 1.5 million people of all ages every year. 

Iroquois Park
5216 New Cut Rd.
Louisville, KY 40214

Frederick Law Olmsted planned Iroquois Park to be a "scenic reservation" of breathtaking views of the 10,000-year-old forest that serves as the park's focal point. The park, located in Southern Louisville, is home to a golf course and the Iroquois Amphitheatre, which accommodates over 2,300 people.

The Parklands of Floyds Fork

The Parklands of Floyds Fork is the city's newest park project that will include four major parks once completed. Beckley Creek Park, Pope Lick Park, Turkey Run Park, and Broad Run Park are all located in eastern and southern Louisville, along Floyds Fork Creek, and linked together by a park drive, urban trail system, and a remarkable water trail.


Louisville Extreme Park
531 Franklin St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Claimed to be one of the nation's best skate parks, Louisville Extreme Park is where skateboarders, in-line skaters, and bikers of all ages and skill levels can enjoy recreational time 24 hours a day. Centrally located in downtown Louisville, the skate park includes 40,000 square feet of outdoor skating surface with a 24-ft. full pipe, a wooden vert ramp, bowls & more.

Seneca Park
3151 Pee Wee Reese Rd.
Louisville, KY 40207

Seneca Park was Louisville's last park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead. With over 530 acres in in the heart of St. Matthews, Seneca Park includes various athletic fields, a golf course, a popular 1.2-mile walking path and 3.1-mile cross-country trail, and more.




Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
3380 Beaver Road
Union, KY 41091

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
5465 State Park Road
Jamestown, KY 42629

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
10299 Maysville Road
Carlisle, KY 40311

Lincoln Homestead State Park
5079 Lincoln Park Road
Springfield, KY 40069

Carter Caves State Resort Park
344 Caveland Drive
Olive Hill, KY 41164

My Old Kentucky Home
501 E. Stephen Foster Avenue
Bardstown, KY 40004

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
7351 Hwy. 90
Corbin, KY 40701

Natural Bridge State Resort Park
2135 Natural Bridge Road
Slade, KY 40376

E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park
3000 Freys Hill Road
Louisville, KY 40241

Nolin Lake State Park
2998 Brier Creek Road
Mammoth Cave, KY 42259

Fort Boonesborough State Park
4375 Boonesboro Road
Richmond, KY 40475

Old Fort Harrod State Park
100 S. College Street
Harrodsburg, KY 40330

General Butler State Resort Park
1608 Hwy. 227
Carrollton, KY 41008

Rough River Dam State Resort Park
450 Lodge Road
Falls Of Rough, KY 40119

Green River Lake State Park
179 Park Office Road
Campbellsville, KY 42718

Taylorsville Lake State Park
1320 Park Road
Mt Eden, KY 40046


Charlestown State Park
12500 Indiana 6
Charlestown, IN 47111

Falls of the Ohio State Park
201 W. Riverside Drive
Clarksville, IN 47129

Clark State Forest
Henryville, IN 47126
(812) 294-4306

Hardy Lake
5620 N. Hardy Lake Road
Scottsburg, IN 47170

Clifty Falls
2221 Clifty Drive
Madison, IN 47250

O'Bannon Woods State Park
7234 Old Forest Road SW
Corydon, IN 47112

Deam Lake State Recreation Area
1217 Deam Lake Road
Borden, IN 47106

Spring Mill State Park
3333 State Road 60 E.
Mitchell, IN 47446


Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve
Louisville, KY 40213

Hidden Hill Nursey & Sculpture Garden
1011 Utica Charlestown Rd
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
2499 Clermont Rd
Clermont, KY 40110

Louisville Nature Center
3745 Illinois Ave
Louisville, KY 40213

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
12501 Harmony Landing Road,
Goshen, KY 40026

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
6220 Old LaGrange Rd
Crestwood, KY 40014


Best Vineyards
8373 Morgan's Lane SE
Elizabeth, IN 47117

Indian Creek Winery
6491 County Line Road
Georgetown, IN 47122

Smith-Berry Vineyard & Winery
855 Drennon Road
Campbellsburg, KY 40011

Broad Run Vineyards
10601 Broad Run Road
Louisville, KY 40299

Lanthier Winery
123 Mill Street
Madison, IN 47250

Stumler's Restraurant & Orchard
10924 St Johns Rd
Borden, IN 47106

Brooks Hill Winery
2746 Brooks Hill Road
Brooks, KY 40109

Madison Vineyards
1456 E. 400 North
Madison, IN 47250

Talon Winery
400 Gordon Lane
Shelbyville, KY 40065

Chateau de Pique Winery
6361 N County Rd 760 E
Seymour, IN 47274

MillaNova Winery
744 Gentry Lane
Mt Washington, KY 40047

Turtle Run Winery
940 St. Peters Church Road
Corydon, IN 47112

Forest Edge Winery
1910 Clermont Road
Shepherdsville, KY 40165

Old 502 Winery
116 S. 10th Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery
340 Meyer Drive
Shepherdsville, KY 40165

Huber's Orchard & Winery
19816 Huber Road
Starlight, IN 47106

Scout Mountain Winery
2145 Scout Mountain Rd NW
Corydon, IN 47112