Hiking in and around Louisville, KY

Fall is for Hiking in and around Louisville, KY!

It’s fall, my favorite season!  That means it’s time to get out your jackets, turn your clocks back, grab a cup of pumpkin spice coffee,  get out and enjoy the beauty that is nature. Fall is a great time to be outside, the temperatures are perfect-“hoodie weather”, you don’t need to carry your bug spray, and you can roll your windows down in your car and enjoy.  

If you live in Louisville Kentucky, the leaves in the fall are no doubt one of the most beautiful visions one can see.  The colors are so infinite, vibrant and mesmerizing, there is nothing quite like it.  Going for a hike is the best way to fully experience fall, and Louisville, KY has some great local hiking trails.  There are trails for everyone, whether you want to go a few miles down the road to Cherokee Park, or across town to the nation’s largest urban forest, Jefferson Memorial located close to South Louisville Homes and there are trails here for everyone.

Below is a list of trails around metro Louisville.  If you are looking for something close to home, hilly, paved, wooded, flat, close to lakes, creeks or waterfalls, there is something here for you.  All the trails do have one thing in common; they will leave you feeling relaxed, serene, peaceful, and connected to nature. It’s a great time to get out of  your Louisville Homes and experience some of the great aspects of living in Louisville.

Goose Creek Nature Trail in EP Tom Sawyer State Park This trail is great for a quick nature fix if you are running low on time.  Located in eastern Jefferson County, this hike is a 1.5 mile loop, is mostly flat, tree lined, and passes along Goose Creek.

Cull Hollow Trail in Bernheim Forest This 1.2 mile hike is not going to be a leisurely stroll through the woods.  The trail is a gradual climb for most of the hike through the beautiful hard wood forest of Bernheim.  Along the way you will pass rocky ledges and hillside, large stones, small waterfalls and possibly a deer or turkey.  

Cherokee Park Trails If you are looking for a short trail close to home check out Cherokee Park.  Cherokee offers a few short trails through the wooded areas of the park. Trailheads are located behind Hogan’s Fountain and along the sides of the road. These trails are great for mountain bikers too. The scenic loop is another option but is more of a walking trail.  

Charlestown State Park Trail #1 It’s worth going over the bridge to check out the trails in Charlestown State Park.  Trail #1 a moderate 2.2 mile round trip trail which offers some mild ups and downs with a few sinkholes along the way.  The trail follows Fourteen mile creek for .75 miles through a rocky forested area. 

Siltstone Trail in Jefferson Memorial Forest Jefferson Memorial Forest has over 30 miles of hiking trails all unique with varying degrees of difficulty.  Siltstone Trail is the longest and the most difficult, 13 miles round trip.  This hike is not for beginners, there is over 3,000 feet of climbing, with much of the trail being a ridge line hike.  The Siltstone Trial offers beautiful views of the Louisville skyline and is especially magical in the fall due to the entire hike being heavily wooded.  Follow the link for information on all Jefferson Memorial Forest Trails 

Blackacre Nature Preserve Explore the woodlands and meadows throughout the preserve on miles of beautiful trails. Leave your doggies at home for this hike as they are not allowed on the Blackacre trails. The Historic Homes on this property date back to the 1700's. The trails are open from 3 p.m. on weekdays and dawn to dusk on weekends.

The abundance of parks and recreation opportunities is one more reason to consider Louisville KY Real Estate

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