Picnic Limestone Gorge

This geologic treasure is sure to be a favorite spot amongst Broad Run Park visitors. 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.

To step into Limestone Gorge is to step into the past. This small streambed in the northeast corner of Broad Run Park shows off the Rowland Member—one of seven geological layers that can be found in Broad Run Park. The soft shale layers have eroded away in the streambed forming a series of waterfalls fed by rain and nearby springs that appear in the winter and spring months. Surrounding the streambed are patches of old growth trees featuring centuries old chinkapin oaks and American beech trees that predate the settlement of the area.

Hop off the paved Loop for a scenic hike along the Limestone Gorge Trail, a 1.44-mile, Hike-Only, More Difficult soft-surface trail suitable for those looking for a bit of a challenge. 

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