Walking & Hiking

Walking, hiking and running are some of the most accessible activities for improving your health, exploring the park, and experiencing nature. Whether you like to walk on paved, dirt or stone surfaces, just one or over 10 miles—we can show you the way.

Take a look at the trails identified on our park maps. Each is labeled by trail type, difficulty and length. Use this information to determine your best route. And keep in mind, oftentimes you can jump from one trail to another for a longer, more diverse excursion.

Parklands Explorer

Parklands Explorer: Pathways to Wellness, presented by Trilogy Health Services and The Bufford Family Foundation, invites community members of all ages and abilities to join Parklands Interpretive Rangers on the second Saturday of each month to traverse a new hiking trail and delve into a related educational topic. During warmer months, arrive at 9 a.m. for bonus wellness activites, such as Yoga, Tai Chi and meditation.

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The Strand Trailhead

The Strand trailhead provides improved accessibility to a beautiful, nearly 5-mile stretch of the Louisville Loop and Floyds Fork that was once only accessible by foot, bike or boat.

Cliffside Center

Cliffside Center is a community park similar in design to Creekside Center in Beckley Creek Park.

Louisville Loop

The Louisville Loop is the 100-mile multi-recreational non-motorized path planned to encircle the city and link neighborhoods to parks and civic attractions. 19 miles of the Loop are in The Parklands.

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Humana Grand Allee

Cross the Thornton Bridge and enter the Humana Grand Allee, pronounced al·lée, designed to be the “Best Walk in Louisville.”

Trails - Beckley Creek Park

Beckley Creek Park’s diverse trails have something for everyone.

Trails - Pope Lick Park

Pope Lick Park features a variety of trails for beginners and experienced hikers alike.

Special Places - The Strand

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.

Trails - Turkey Run Park

Enjoy The Parklands most extensive system of trails in Turkey Run Park.

Brown-Forman Silo Center

A former seven-generation dairy farm retrofitted as a community gathering and event space thanks to a contribution by Brown-Forman.

Sky Dome

Sky Dome is named for the sky and meadow views on one of the highest hillsides in The Parklands. The view northward is spectacular, especially in the winter when the trees are bare.

The Greensward

Encompassing a total of 15 acres, The Greensward offers the perfect area to set up a picnic, fly a kite or to play ball or catch.

Limestone Gorge

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.

Highland Crossing

This elevated area over 70 feet above Floyds Fork Valley, is a great location to observe the surrounding topography.

Trails - Broad Run Park

From fully-accessible paved trails to progressively difficult natural surface trails, Broad Run Park trails offer something for everyone.

Moss Gibbs Woodland Garden

A hillside in Broad Run Park with the perfect angle of sunlight, ideal soils and centuries of growth now being preserved as a Woodland Garden. Now Open!

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We are a donor-supported public park We count on you!

$271,868 To Date
$3,000,000 2020 Goal

Being a donor-supported public park means we rely on donations, not tax dollars, for annual operations each year. Because of your generosity, we are able to maintain, program, and further develop this extraordinary public space without charging an entry fee. Together we work to enhance quality of life and help our community and economy grow in ways that are healthy, sustainable, and enjoyable for people of all ages. Help us reach our goal of sustaining The Parklands by becoming a Member today. Members make it happen!

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