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Top Parks in Louisville, Ky 

Tom Sawyer

On 550 acres, the amazing State Park is located near Springhurst subdivisions, Indian Springs and White Blossom. It’s also minutes from one of the oldest cities in Louisville, Anchorage. The park is one of the largest parks in the city and includes an activities center that includes a gymnasium with badminton, basketball and volleyball courts. It also includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool. It also includes twelve tennis courts, 14 soccer fields, 3 softball fields, trails, dog parks and a BMX track. This is the perfect place to spend most of the day enjoying a beautiful day and having a picnic!


Waterfront Park

Waterfront, located in Downtown Louisville is a beautiful park and hosts many amazing events! At 55 acres this amazing park has free wireless internet access. It’s currently the only public park in the nation that offers wireless access. Two of the biggest events Waterfront hosts is Thunder over Louisville which is the kickoff event to the Kentucky Derby and Forecastle. The park has on average more than $1.5 million visitors per year due its gorgeous landscaping and view of the Ohio River.

Jefferson Memorial Forest

Located in Southwest Louisville on 6,500 acres, Jefferson Memorial Forest was first established as a tribute to Kentucky veterans and is considered a National Audubon Society wildlife refuge. The park has over 35 miles of hiking trails, camping spots and fishing areas. There are over 50 types of trees growing in the forest including 10 species of oaks, wildflowers and 17 species of ferns! This park is recommended for those who love hiking while enjoying the beautiful nature scene. Neighborhoods located nearby is Hollyvilla  and Prairie Village.

Iroquois Park

This 739 acre park is located just south of Downtown Louisville. It is one of the most gorgeous parks due to its rolling hills and city views. It features an amphitheater, basketball courts, golf course, disc golf and riding stable. Each year, Iroquois Park hosts one of the biggest Halloween events called the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular that displays beautifully carved pumpkins, carved by local Louisville artists. Checkout the beautiful neighborhood of Beechmont

Seneca Park

Residing in the Seneca Gardens neighborhood, Seneca Park is host to many sporting events in the area. It includes a golf course, trails, mountain bike trails, tennis courts and playgrounds. Seneca Park has 500,000 visitors annually and is tied for the 69th most popular municipal park in the U.S. This park is most beautiful during the changing seasons of Spring and Fall. This is a staple park you have to see when you’re in Louisville! Nearby neighborhoods include Highlands Douglass and Kingsley!

Beckley Creek Park

Newly developed park, Beckley Creek is the all-inclusive park experience. At this park, you can host events in their facilities, walk and hike, take the family to the playgrounds or spraygrounds, fish, bike, kayak or take your pup to the dog park located in the park. This gorgeous park also hosts several weddings a year. Nearby neighborhoods include Shakes Run and Bradford Commons

Big Rock Park/Cherokee Park

At 409 acres, Cherokee Park is one of the oldest parks in Louisville and located right in the middle of a neighborhood. It has a 2.4 mile scenic loop that features rolling hills, open meadows and wooded areas that are just breathtaking. The park was originally developed as a 4,000 military land grant given in 1773. Big Rock Park is also located in Cherokee. Big Rock, named after a large rock that sits in Beargrass Creek is large enough for families to have picnics on it and take in the beautiful views. Many gorgeous neighborhoods are located near Cherokee Park including Cherokee Triangle, Bonnycastle and Cherokee Gardens

Jeffersontown Veterans Park

Sitting on 25 acres, the Jeffersontown Veterans Park is the only park in Kentucky dedicated solely to veterans. 6,000 brick pavers along with 3,000 engraved pavers make up the “Walk of Veterans.” The pavers are available for inscription to honor veterans. Ceremonies are held every Veterans and Memorial Day. The park also features an M-60A tank, navel guns and a 60ft bronze flagpole. This park is family friendly with a softball complex, basketball courts, pavilions, playgrounds and restrooms. Nearby neighborhoods include Landherr Estates, SpringviewSaratoga Woods and Stone Lakes!

Bernheim Forest

Not located in Louisville, but worth mentioning is Bernheim Forest. It’s about 25 miles south of Louisville in the city of Clermont. There are over 35 miles of hiking trails and scenic roads. This dog friendly park offers memberships that include year-round admission and discounts on educational programs. For non-members, admission is free on weekdays, but an admission fee is charged on weekends. Recently,  Homes nearby are located in beautiful Shepherdsville.


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