Pope Lick Park features a variety of trails for beginners and experienced hikers alike. Due to the conservancy status of a portion of this park, excursion trails in Pope Lick Park are for hiking only. Bicycles are welcome on the paved Louisville Loop. Tailor your walk or hike by reviewing the Pope Lick Park map or trailhead to see suggested 1, 2, 3 and 4 mile walking loops.
Fitness Circle: A paved 0.7 mile Fitness Circle around the sports fields. It’s a great place to walk a dog or watch the friendly competition on the fields.
Prairie Preserve Trail: 1.15 mile easy hiking on this crushed stone excursion trail. Connect with the trail at the southeast corner of the Fitness Circle and follow it over the Pedestrian Bridge to the Prairie Preserve. This flat prairie stands in deep contrast to the neighboring Big Beech Woods. A great place to bird watch along your hike! (Trail is only partially open during construction of The Strand)
Big Beech Trail: 1.57 mile dirt trail through a beautiful forest boasting huge trees up to 200 years old! This medium difficulty hiking trail will make you feel like you’re miles away from the city. Due to the nature conservancy status of this area, no biking is permitted.
Louisville Loop: approximately 3 miles of the Louisville Loop stretch through Pope Lick Park. Beginning at Echo Trail and English Station, you can follow this paved, multi-recreational path through a forest and under the Pope Lick Train Trestle. On the other side of Taylorsville Rd. you may ride past the soccer fields, over the pedestrian bridge and into the Prairie Preserve. It will continue south into The Strand (a 4.7 mile scenic stretch of the Loop) to Turkey Run Park in the spring of 2016. Please be sure to use the restroom at the John Floyd Community Building in Pope Lick Park before heading out on The Strand, as it is about 6 miles to the next restroom and water fountain in Turkey Run Park.