Spring Trail Tips

Spring Trail Tips

Spring has finally arrived, the sun is out, and you are itching to get out for a scenic hike or ride out on the trails.


Springtime in the Ohio River Valley is known for week-long rain showers, and as we recently experienced, the occasional snow. Natural surface trails in The Parklands tend to stay muddy for most of the spring and fall, our rainiest seasons.

If you’re out on a trail, and there’s mud on your heels or wheels, please turn around! Staying off muddy trails helps to prevent ruts and permanent trail damage. It also helps to keep you safe from slipping.

Staying off natural trails after a long winter can be tough, but your cooperation will help keep them preserved and rideable for years to come.

A few tips for dealing with the rainy season:

Trails in the northern parks (Beckley Creek and Pope Lick) are older and more established, so they dry out much faster than those in the south. Also, consider exposure to sun. A shaded trail with lots of trees will take a bit longer to dry out than one that receives a lot of direct sunlight.

Remember to always be flexible. The Parklands covers nearly 4,000 acres, so while it might be sunny and dry in Beckley Creek, those dark clouds to the south could be heading to Turkey Run Park for an afternoon downpour. Keep an eye on the weather and be prepared to explore a paved trail or park road if trail conditions are too mucky.

If you just can’t stand being cooped up any longer, no problem! Check out our 20+ miles of paved trails, including 19 miles of the Louisville Loop. The shaded, hilly stretches in Turkey Run and Broad Run provide a scenic, forested backdrop for those who don’t mind a challenge. The Strand—located between Pope Lick and Turkey Run—gives riders a nice, secluded escape, and with only a few small hills, this section is accessible to beginners as well.

Trail Etiquette

Whether you are coming out to enjoy a hike or a bike ride, please make sure to follow park rules and show courtesy to others using the trails.

How you can help

By following park rules and practicing trail etiquette, you are helping to ensure a safe and fun experience for all visitors. With so much area to cover, we also look to our visitors to help be our eyes and ears. If you encounter significant trail damage, a downed tree or other issues while out exploring, please contact us at 502-584-0350.

The Parklands does not receive tax dollars to maintain our parks and trails, so we rely on donors to keep things running and FREE of charge, 365 days a year. If you enjoy hiking, running or riding the trails, we hope you’ll consider becoming a Parklands Member. Learn more about our Memberships and perks at

About the Author

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Anna Rosales-Crone

Anna Rosales-Crone was hired as Communications Coordinator in May of 2015 to help build park awareness through public relations and marketing. She will also support managing The Parklands brand, website and social media. She comes to us from the American Red Cross where she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for a year, promoting disaster preparedness. Following her year of service, she was hired as the chapter’s Communications Associate, growing the Louisville Area Chapter’s digital and social media presence while supporting public relations and marketing efforts. She provided public affairs support and guidance during major disaster operations. Anna is a graduate of the University of Evansville where she met her husband and the second love of her life—traveling. She also enjoys reading, baking, dancing, going to concerts and hanging out with her two cats. Contact me about: media relations, speaker requests, photo requests, website and social media.

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