Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana Guide Book

by Valerie Askren (Menasha Ridge Press)
Five-Star Trails Louisville and Southern Indiana  by  Valerie Askren

240pp/maps/desc/pics
ISBN: 9780897326254

Known as the City of Parks, Louisville has long valued the natural landscape and the provisioning of outdoor recreation. In 1891 Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, was commissioned to develop an extensive park system for Louisville that eventually included 18 parks and 6 interconnecting parkways. Since that time, Louisville has continued to invest resources to build a first-class park system. Nestled within the Ohio Valley, and bordered by the knobs region to the south and the heavily forested areas of Indiana to the north, Louisville lies at the heart of an endless array of hiking opportunities.

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Trails from the "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 37.
... Preview: The White Oak Nature Trail at Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve lies near the heart of Louisville and within easy reach of every child in Jefferson County. Take your kids (or someone else’s) to ex ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Buechel, KY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Pack the kids in the backseat, tuck Grandma in the front, and head out for a fabulous day of family fun—the 14,000-acre Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest has something for everyone. The following ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Belmont, KY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: The Millennium Trail is the Big Kahuna of all hiking trails at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. Only fit, experienced hikers should attempt this trail—if you’re looking for an excellent workout ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Belmont, KY - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.5
... Preview: Are your little natives restless? Or perhaps the grandparents are in town and you’re looking for a way to entertain them for a few hours? Then consider Blackacre State Nature Preserve and Historic Hom ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Jeffersontown, KY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1 miles
... Preview: This wooded trail crosses 14 footbridges to traverse 5 miles of creekside and ridgetop trail in Indiana’s second-oldest state park, which covers nearly 6,000 acres, including a 230-acre lake. In addit ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Versailles, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: Cherokee Park—part of one of only four city-park systems in the United States created by Frederick Law Olmsted—is a jewel in the rough. Designed by Olmsted and his firm in 1891, it’s among Louisville’ ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Saint Matthews, KY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
... Preview: Within Clifty Falls State Park, the 178-acre Clifty Canyon Nature Preserve presents southern Indiana at its finest. This loop trail, which takes in views of all three of the preserve’s waterfalls, fol ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Madison, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
... Preview: While Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve may be quiet during the week, most weekends are filled with activity, laughter, and fun. The staff provides a welcome that’s warm enough to melt the fleece on your ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Goshen, KY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: This park hits on all cylinders. Hiking without getting your boots muddy. Creeks disappearing underground and popping out of caves. Wildflowers. Hot showers. Kids having a blast. With the possible exc ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Mitchell, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
... Preview: Just outside Louisville, this hidden gem provides a quick respite from the city. Dropping from a height of 40 feet, Fairmount Falls is frequently touted as “Louisville’s tallest natural waterfall” (th ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Mount Washington, KY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1 miles
... Preview: The paved Levee Trail is perfect for an after-work power walk, a sprint with the jogging stroller, or a leisurely saunter on a Sunday afternoon. The 2-mile (one-way) trail connects East Riverside Driv ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Clarksville, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Fort Duffield offers panoramic views of the Ohio River Valley, the best-preserved earthen fortification in Kentucky, and 10 miles of nationally renowned mountain-biking trails. On reenactment weekends ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
West Point, KY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
... Preview: The Goose Creek Loop lies within the well-loved E. P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, in northeastern Jefferson County. The trail winds around much of the 550-acre park, across open fields, and through light ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Middletown, KY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
... Preview: Hemlock Cliffs is one of the most spectacular natural areas in southern Indiana. The trail quickly takes you into a magical world of rock houses (natural rock shelters), filtered sunlight, verdant fer ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
English, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: The Indian Creek Overlook Trail is a section of the 24-mile Adventure Hiking Trail (AHT), which traverses the far southeastern portion of Harrison-Crawford State Forest. The trail passes through sceni ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Blue River, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
... Preview: Iroquois Park is truly urban, completely surrounded by residential and commercial districts in southwest Louisville. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, it’s among the 18 parks and 6 interconnecting pa ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Shively, KY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
... Preview: In less time than it takes to drive the Henry Watterson Expressway, you could be hiking a beautiful trail in southern Jeff erson County, complete with scenic overlooks, native hardwoods, and meanderin ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Valley Station, KY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.3
... Preview: Yost Ridge and Mitchell Hill Lake lie within the Paul Yost Recreation Area and the adjacent Horine Reservation, both part of the Jeff erson Memorial Forest, just southwest of Louisville. Th e trail le ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Fairdale, KY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.3
... Preview: The Mogan Ridge East Trail lies at the southern end of Hoosier National Forest, just north of the Ohio River and west of Louisville. The hike can easily be shortened if you want a little less mileage. ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Derby, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.2
... Preview: Mount St. Francis Sanctuary, just 20 minutes northwest of downtown Louisville, is the perfect place for an after-work stroll or a weekend hike with the family. Next to the Mount St. Francis Retreat Ce ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana"
Mount Saint Francis, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8