Feast in the open air! You can find quiet places to picnic at Broad Run Valley, Limestone Gorge, Big Vista Overlook and Cliffside Center. The Woodland Pavilion and Redbud Shelter, both near Cliffside Center, are available for reservation. All other picnic areas are available on a first come, first serve basis. No matter what type of picnic you’re planning, we’ve got the spot for you.
Broad Run Valley Kiosk Picnic Area: located near the Broad Run Valley trail kiosk near the northern gateway off of Broad Run Road, this small picnic area is perfect for a quick picnic before heading out for a walk or ride on the Loop.
Limestone Gorge: A small parking lot in Highland Crossing offers access to picnic tables and the Louisville Loop. 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. Hop off the paved Loop for a scenic hike along the 1.25-mile Limestone Gorge Trail, a Hike-Only, More Difficult soft-surface trail suitable for those looking for a bit of a challenge. (The Limestone Gorge Trail is currently scheduled to open after April 15, but visitors can still visit the gorge via the Louisville Loop.)
Big Vista Overlook: The highest point of Broad Run Park at approximately 650 feet above sea level, this overlook offers an amazing view of the valley below. From this spot, visitors can see all the way to the Brown-Forman Silo Center in Turkey Run Park. Those looking to reconnect with nature can discover clues in the landscape, observing where both man and nature have made their marks. A small parking lot offers access to picnic tables where visitors can enjoy the amazing view!
Woodland Pavilion: The Woodland Pavilion in Broad Run Park is similar to, but larger than, the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC Pavilion in Beckley Creek Park - an incredibly popular picnic and event site for families, schools, and corporations alike. The pavilion accommodates both casual use and reserved events, and has its own restrooms and lawn. The Woodland Pavilion stands near the Cliffside Playground and Sprayground, as well as The Greensward and Greensward Trail.
Picnic Tables at the Cliffside Playground and Sprayground: If you’re grabbing a quick snack during a day of climbing and splashing in the playground and sprayground area, there are many tables available under the cover of the shade structures. But you’ll want to come early because the tables go fast.
Redbud Shelter: For smaller gatherings, including birthday parties, visitors can reserve the Redbud Shelter conveniently located next to the Cliffside Playground & Sprayground. For rental information contact call 502-584-0350.
Large Group Use
Large groups (any group or activity over 50 participants) wishing to use The Parklands for activities in unreserved areas must submit a group use permit application. This permit allows The Parklands to prepare for, and balance, the needs of large groups with those of drop-in individual, small group, and family visitors. This also will allow The Parklands to ensure that the carrying capacity of particular park amenities is not overwhelmed due to popularity. This permit does not apply for reservable amenities such as the PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Pavilion, Gheens Foundation Lodge, Woodland Pavilion, Redbud Shelter or other amenity in the current reservation system. Larger groups, or requests for busy days may require the activity to be slotted into the existing special events policy and process.
Click here to fill out our event hosting form.Permit applications will be reviewed individually and approved/denied based on the criteria on the individual application. Permit applications should be submitted no less than one week prior to the desired event date. Permits may not guarantee space availability. Groups failing to secure a permit may be asked to leave the park. Parklands staff stand ready to help groups through this new process, and believe it will make for a better park experience for event hosts, participants, and others enjoying our parks.