Picnic Brown-Forman Silo Center

A former seven-generation dairy farm has been retrofitted as a community gathering and event space thanks to a contribution by Brown-Forman Corporation. The farm’s former silo has been re-capped and outfitted with 109 stairs to become a 60' observatory tower and a destination along the Park Drive, Louisville Loop and a number of nearby trails. The former tobacco barn has been rebuilt into an open-air event barn called the Hockensmith Barn. The other farm buildings on the site have been retrofitted as picnic pavilions and shade shelters, all surrounding the 1 acre lawn made possible by Texas Roadhouse. A large trailhead greets you after parking, where you'll find bike racks, water fountains, restrooms, park maps, and seating overlooking the bottom lands. 

Silo Lookout - The farm’s former silo has been re-capped and outfitted with 109 stairs to become a 60' observatory tower and a destination along the Park Drive, Louisville Loop and a number of nearby trails. Climb to the top of the spiral staircase to peer out over Turkey Run Park. The climb to the top of the silo is strenuous! The spiral staircase includes 109 steps from the ground to the observation platform, equal to climbing a 6-story building. The narrow stairs have handrails, two-way traffic, and a landing every 16 steps. There is no air conditioning and no elevator in the Silo. It may be noisy, humid, slippery and dim inside. Visitors with heart, respiratory or other medical conditions, or who have trouble climbing stairs, should use their own discretion as to whether or not they climb the steps to the top of the silo. Should you choose to embark on the climb, please be courteous to others, and follow our Silo Lookout Rules.

Hockensmith Barn - a new barn built in the style and location of the original farm barn, this open-slat structure is now available for rent for private events and functions seating up to 250 people. It is open by appointment only. There is an adjacent lawn available for private ceremonies and tenting, if desired. Click here to learn more.

Farmer's Table- Gather with family and friends at the Farmer’s Table, a former feed shed turned sheltered picnic pavilion. Feast family-style at the long table built over the original feeding trough. This area is available on a first come, first serve basis in most cases, and seats approximately 40 people. 

Pignic Barn - Where better to "pig out" than in a re-purposed pig barn! Now you'll find picnic tables to seat up to 60 people. Knowing the barns history, can you guess why the floor surface is slightly sloped? The Pignic Barn is available for public use on a first come, first serve basis when not reserved through paid rental. 

The Farmyard Lawn - A 1-acre lawn at the center of the Brown-Forman Silo Center, open for picnicking, frisbee, or just relaxing after a long hike. The paved walk around the lawn is 0.14 miles. 

Check availability of these facilities and plan your event by contacting our Event Coordinators Toni and Caitlyn at (502) 584-0350 or events@21cparks.org.

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