Canoe Paddling Access - Broad Run Park

When the water level along Floyds Fork is right, it is a great place for families and individuals to canoe and kayak. In Broad Run Park there are two paddling accesses about a 2.5 miles apart. With the appropriate water level, a paddle from Broad Run Valley to Cliffside should take about 1 to 1.5 hours. This is an ideal paddle for an after-work adventure or for school trips.

Broad Run Valley Paddling Access - located off of Vista Valley Lane in the northern portion of Broad Run Park, this access to Floyds Fork offers paddlers a 2.5-mile float to Cliffside Paddling Access. This section of Floyds Fork is great for beginners looking for a quick, enjoyable paddle. The width of the creek in spots creates some possibilities to get stuck, so keep your eyes peeled to select the best route and avoid having to pull your boat through. On this paddle you can expect to find gorgeous cliff sides that can only be seen from Floyds Fork. There is plenty of wildlife in the dense vegetation of Broad Run Park and the Woodland Garden, providing an opportunity to see many species like Raccoons before the scurry up the hollowed out Sycamore Trees that line the side of the creek.

Cliffside Paddling Access - located near Bardstown Road, this paddling access is the second access in Broad Run Park and the final take out within The Parklands. While visitors can use this access to put in, please be advised that it is nearly 20 miles to the next take out downstream!

Check the top right of our web site for real-time creek flow, or click here for the American Whitewater guide to streams and water levels.

Click here for a map of paddling routes within The Parklands.


Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak of Kentucky offers canoe, kayak and paddleboard 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, 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

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Guided tours are available to large groups. Please send an e-mail to to schedule a guided tour.

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