What is the Louisville Loop?
The Louisville Loop is the 100-mile multirecreational non-motorized path planned to encircle the city and link neighborhoods to parks and civic attractions, creating transportation alternatives and recreation opportunities. As part of this project, 21st Century Parks built 19 miles of the Louisville Loop through The Parklands of Floyds Fork. Metro Louisville is responsible for construction and funding of the other 81 miles. Learn more about the Louisville Loop project and construction progress at www.LouisvilleLoop.org.
What Role will the Louisville Loop Play in The Parklands?
One of the guiding principles of The Parklands Master Plan is connectivity. The Louisville Loop ensures physical connectivity throughout the park from north to south, and guides users through a variety of landscapes from forests and creeks to agricultural fields. Check out The Parklands map to get a good idea of what you might see along your Louisville Loop route.
You may walk, skip, run, bike, skate or anything else nonmotorized over this paved, approximately 12’ wide Loop. Within The Parklands the Loop has been designed to take you through a variety of environments—past sports fields, through forests, along the creek and agricultural fields—and it’s all graded for ADA accessibility. So put on your walking, running or biking shoes and get moving on the Louisville Loop!
How much of the Louisville Loop is open in The Parklands?
The Parklands section of the Loop begins at the William F. Miles Trailhead near Shelbyville Road (mile 74 within the planned 100-mile route) and continues for 19 miles to Bardstown Road (near mile marker 55).
Recommended Access Points:
William F. Miles Trailhead: From this parking lot you may walk two miles along the Loop to the Egg Lawn and Creekside Center. You will head down a hill to Floyds Fork, where the Loop takes you alongside the creek, under the shade of a riparian forest, over a bridge and out to the Egg Lawn. After this 2-mile trek you may choose to cross the Thornton Bridge and continue on to the Humana Grand Allee.
Egg Lawn: Park near the Egg Lawn and take the Loop through the Humana Grand Allee, Distillery Bend, and then up the hill and through the tunnel to English Station Rd. Continuing on the Loop past English Station will take you through the windy woods of Trestle Point to Taylorsville Rd.
Distillery Bend Trailhead: At the southern end of Beckley Creek Park, you may choose to park and walk north toward the Humana Grand Allee and over the bridge to Creekside Center. Alternatively, you may walk south, up the hill (and under the road). Here you will cross English Station Rd. to take the Loop through the woods of Trestle Point. The trail continues under the train trestle and under Taylorsville Road, connecting with the Louisville Loop in Pope Lick Park.
Pope Lick Park Trailhead: From this parking area you may walk over two miles, past John Floyd Fields and over the Pedestrian Bridge to the Big Beech Woods and Prairie Preserve. Pope Lick Park is also the northern gateway to The Strand- a 4.7-mile stretch through riparian forest, agricultural fields and featuring special areas such as Catfish Bend and The Palisades. Just make sure you use the facilities at John Floyd Community Building before entering The Strand, as it is about 6 miles to the next restroom and water fountain in Turkey Run Park.
Seaton Valley Trailhead: Just inside the Turkey Run Park entrance off of Seatonville Road, you will find a parking area and Trailhead with access to the more than 3 miles of Loop located in Turkey Run Park. You may also use this parking area to access the southern portion of The Strand- a scenic stretch of the Loop, which connects Turkey Run to Pope Lick Park. Please be sure to use the restroom at the Seaton Valley Trailhead before heading out on The Strand, as it is about 6 miles to the next restroom and water fountain in Pope Lick Park (at the John Floyd Community Building). This section of the Loop is beautiful as it winds along Floyds Fork, through riparian forest, pastures, and agricultural fields from neighboring farms.
Brown-Forman Silo Center: Access the Loop from this parking area and trailhead, and then take it to connect with more backwoods soft-surface trails if you'd like. This access is best reached by entering the park off Broad Run Road. Continue to travel south, beyond Broad Run Road into Broad Run Park, and the most southern Parklands entrance at Bardstown Road.
Broad Run Valley Kiosk: This parking lot located at the northern end of Broad Run Park, just off of Broad Run Road, is a great starting point if you are looking for a more challenging hike or ride through forested hills. Travel the full 3.8 miles to the John and Annette Schnatter Bridge in near Bardstown Road, or stop at one of several locations inbetween.
Limestone Gorge: Begin and end your ride at this beautiful pedestrian bridge over a large gorge that sometimes doubles as a rushing waterfall. Whether you choose to go north into Turkey Run Park, or south into Broad Run Park, you will face challenging hills, but the views along this winding portion of the Loop are well worth it!
Big Vista Overlook: Start your trip with a view from the highest point of Broad Run Park, overlooking Broad Run Valley. From here, travel south through the future Woodland Garden or north toward Limestone Gorge and Turkey Run Park.
Cliffside Trailhead: This flatter portion of Louisville Loop from Cliffside Trailhead to the John and Annette Schnatter Bridge near Bardstown Road, is a great section to see the park while remaining close to the fun of Cliffside Playground & Sprayground. Use this parking lot to travel north if you are looking for more of a challenge.
Bike Repair Stations
Thanks to a donation from Scheller's Fitness & Cycling, we have 6 bike repair stations available along the Louisville Loop in The Parklands for your use. Find them at William F. Miles Trailhead, right inside Shelbyville Rd.; Pope Lick Trailhead, just off of Taylorsville Rd.; Seaton Valley Trailhead, off of Seatonville Rd.; on the Louisville Loop between Brown-Forman Silo Center and the Bike Park; and Broad Run Valley Trailhead, at the Broad Run Road entrance of Broad Run Park.
Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak of Kentucky now offers bike rentals, giving Parklands visitors an opportunity to see even more of the trails and areas that comprise the nearly 4,000 acres of our park system. Rentals available, weather permitting, April-October. Beginning April 1, 2017, bike rentals will be offered out of the John Floyd Community Building in Pope Lick Park, 4002 South Pope Lick Road. For more information on prices, hours and availability, please contact Blue Moon at 502-753-9942 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parklands Members enjoy $1 discount on bike rentals per hour. Learn more about becoming a Parklands member here.