John James Audubon State Park

Henderson, Kentucky 42420

John James Audubon State Park

John James Audubon State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike loops through a hardwood forest with lots of songbirds and a small lake. Naturalist John James Audubon (1785–1851), famous for his realistic paintings of birds, lived in Henderson for nine years, roaming the woods and sketching wildlife.

Born in what is now Haiti, the son of a French sea captain and his Creole mistress, Audubon came to Kentucky with a partner to establish a mercantile business. The enterprise proved successful, giving Audubon an opportunity to pursue his true passion, which was studying and painting birds."

John James Audubon State Park Trip Reports

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A nice day hike for families or cub scouts. Wilderness Lake is full of large turtles and bass swimming through the waters. Deer are also plentiful on the trail. The trail is easy to navigate with good signs all along the route. There are many small trails that intersect and you can legnthen or shorten the hike as you see fit.

Once finished with the hike, the John James Audubon Museum (air conditioned) is a nice place to relax and learn about this pioneering naturalist who made his home for ten years in Henderson, KY. They also have a small bird /wildlife sanctuary with an indoor viewing room which is great for birding and a small nature center with fun exhibits for kids. A great way to spend a few hours with your family.
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This is a trail I will repeatedly use. It is close to home, but more important it is varied enough to give a great experience in a short distance. Step onto the trail and it is hard to believe that a city is near. The trail winds up and down over ridges and through ravines. Most of the time, you are going up or down with only a few flat areas. There are wooden steps in a few vertical areas but they are too far apart for my short legs. The trail is extremely well marked with large cream-colored signs. The back country lake is tranquil and a good place to just relax, meditate and/or watch the wildlife.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Spring and Fall
John James Audubon State Park, (270) 826-2247
Local Contacts
USGS Evansville South (IN/KY)
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