Within The Parklands of Floyds Fork, many treasures of the landscape and our natural history lie hidden. Naturalists have chosen over 100 “special places” within the park boundaries that we don’t want you to miss. Next time you’re exploring The Parklands, be sure to stop by and take a look at the nuanced landscape. Within it lies a world waiting to be discovered that will not only introduce or expand your knowledge and appreciate for local natural history, but leave you in awe of the remarkable resources including flora, fauna, history and culture that we have in our area.
Catfish Bend - Just before the Louisville Loop begins to climb up to Long Bridge--The Strand's appropriately named three-span bridge--an unusually deep hole at the bottom of Floyds Fork provides the perfect place for catfish to feed and rest. In the summer months, look for native gar sunning along the creek.
Walnut Grove - Just south of Catfish Bend and High Bridge, you might notice the perfect rows of trees visible from the Louisville Loop. Does this grove look natural to you? That’s right; the trees did not naturally grow in those rows. A small grove of trees was planted as an investment strategy by the property’s previous owners. A neat site in an otherwise unruly forest!
Mussel Bend - Floyds Fork's swift-flowing currents cut away at the outer banks and carry sediment downstream. Slower currents over shallow areas deposit the sediment on inner banks of the creek forming a gravel bar. The bedrock, made of limestone (the Grant Lake formation) and shale, erodes and releases fossils that the stream deposits on the gravel bars. The Grant Lake formation is filled with fossils, such as brachiopods, bryozoans, cephalopods, clams and gastropods, which have been deposited here in The Strand at Mussel Bend.
The Palisades - Hike, bike or float along these towering palisades--a gorgeous limestone cliff perhaps most breathtaking when viewed while paddling on Floyds Fork.