Walking & Hiking

Walking, hiking and running are some of the most accessible activities for improving your health, exploring the park, and experiencing nature. Whether you like to walk on paved, dirt or stone surfaces, just one or over 10 miles—we can show you the way.

Take a look at the trails identified on our park maps. Each is labeled by trail type, difficulty and length. Use this information to determine your best route. And keep in mind, oftentimes you can jump from one trail to another for a longer, more diverse excursion.

Parklands Explorer

With all four parks in The Parklands system now open, our 4,000-acre park system offers visitors 47 miles of hiking and biking trails to explore! Bust out those step counters and join us as we set out to conquer every trail on foot (and a few on two wheels!). Come out to see a new trail, revisit old favorites or challenge yourself to join us for every adventure (three each month). By the end of 2017, you’ll have racked up thousands of steps and countless views and memories! 

The Parklands Explorer program aims to promote exploration of the parks, community, and comradery among park users. Participation is free, we just ask that you bring a healthy sense of exploration and a good pair of boots! (Schedule also includes bike rides on the Louisville Loop through all four parks and The Strand!)

2017 Parklands Explorer Calendar


Cliffside Center

Cliffside Center is a community park similar in design to Creekside Center in Beckley Creek Park.

Louisville Loop

The Louisville Loop is the 100-mile multi-recreational non-motorized path planned to encircle the city and link neighborhoods to parks and civic attractions. 19 miles of the Loop are in The Parklands.

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Humana Grand Allee

Cross the Thornton Bridge and enter the Humana Grand Allee, pronounced al·lée, designed to be the “Best Walk in Louisville.”

Trails - Beckley Creek Park

Beckley Creek Park’s diverse trails have something for everyone.

Trails - Pope Lick Park

Pope Lick Park features a variety of trails for beginners and experienced hikers alike.

Special Places - The Strand

Within The Parklands of Floyds Fork, many treasures of the landscape and our natural history lie hidden. Naturalists have chosen over 100 “special places” within the park boundaries that we don’t want you to miss.

Trails - Turkey Run Park

Enjoy The Parklands most extensive system of trails in Turkey Run Park.

Brown-Forman Silo Center

A former seven-generation dairy farm retrofitted as a community gathering and event space thanks to a contribution by Brown-Forman.

Sky Dome

Sky Dome is named for the sky and meadow views on one of the highest hillsides in The Parklands. The view northward is spectacular, especially in the winter when the trees are bare.

The Greensward

Encompassing a total of 15 acres, The Greensward offers the perfect area to set up a picnic, fly a kite or to play ball or catch.

Limestone Gorge

Park and hike a short distance on the Louisville Loop to a beautiful pedestrian bridge over a large gorge that will sometimes double as a rushing waterfall.

Highland Crossing

This elevated area over 70 feet above Floyds Fork Valley, is a great location to observe the surrounding topography.

Trails - Broad Run Park

From fully-accessible paved trails to progressively difficult natural surface trails, Broad Run Park trails offer something for everyone.

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$1,350,000 To Date
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$2,300,000 2017 Goal

Being a donor-supported public park means we rely on donations, not tax dollars, for annual operations each year. Because of your generosity, we are able to maintain, program, and further develop this extraordinary public space without charging an entry fee. Together we work to enhance quality of life and help our community and economy grow in ways that are healthy, sustainable, and enjoyable for people of all ages. Help us reach our goal of sustaining The Parklands by becoming a Member today. Members make it happen!

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