You might want to wait for a break in this cold spell, but fall is usually the perfect time to hike outside. And Oldham County, just outside Louisville city limits, has some great options for you.
This is great for those of you who want to be out of town and enjoy a little nature before winter hits.
Creasy Mahan Nature Reserve
12501 Harmony Highway
This nature reserve features over 9 miles of wooded trails winding through open grassland, four year-round springs, waterfalls, a frog pond and a 5-acre woodland garden. They also offer many guided hikes with naturalist Jacob Crider and events such as a Fall Birding Hike on October 22 from 10am-12pm; and the annual Grants Giving Timed 5k and Family 3k on November 6, 1-4pm
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
6220 Old LaGrange Street
The Yew Dell Botanical Gardens have over a mile of woodland walks, three ponds, wildlife and manicured gardens. While there, don’t forget to explore the arboretum, castle, secret garden and magical fairy houses. Upcoming outdoor events include in-person workshops such as Trainee Plant Walk and Arboretum Ramble October 22, 1-2pm Theodore Klein, the inventor of Yew Dell, loved to “hike” in the woods. Join the staff at Yew Dell for this final event as they highlight some of their favorite things on a leisurely stroll through the Arboretum.
Morgan Conservation Park
1200 Kentucky 524
La Grange, Kentucky
Oldham County Parks & Rec has some great trails to traverse. Discover hidden treasures in nature like fossils and look for animal tracks while surrounded by vibrant fall colors by taking a hike through Morgan Conservation Park. There are over 4 miles of trails throughout the park. You’ll find waterfalls, geological outcrops, and even an old cemetery from the mid-19th century that’s home to members of the Abbott family, one of the first families to settle in the county.
Briar Hill Park
7400 E Orchard Grass Blvd.
Briar Hill Park, also part of OC Parks & Rec, covers 120 acres with numerous hiking trails. The South Fork of Harrod’s Creek meanders through this park and eventually joins the Ohio River. Take time to view the stream ecology of the creek while stopping along the trail, noting the water species and habitats found there, as well as the abundant wildlife.
Wendell Moore Park
1551 N. Freeway 393
La Grange, Kentucky
Wendell Moore Park covers 107 acres with a walking trail that makes a 1.9 mile loop around the park. Enjoy the autumn landscape while fishing or having a picnic. It also has a two-mile dog park for man’s best friend. Upcoming outdoor events include the 360° Chiropractic Turkey Trotter 5 Miler on November 19th. The race starts at 8am
The maple park
6826 West State Highway 22
Several of OC Parks & Rec’s parks have paved walking trails, as does The Maples Park. This is a 55 acre park owned by the City of Crestwood where you will find 2 loop trails – a paved trail and a mulch covered trail. The park hosts events such as the upcoming South Oldham Rotary Scavenger Hunt on November 5 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. This family-friendly scavenger hunt includes at least 10 stops sponsored by local businesses.
312 Mount Mercy Drive
Peewee Valley, Kentucky
Central Park in the quaint town of Pewee Valley was made famous by Annie Fellows Johnston’s The Little Colonel book series. A walking trail is located behind City Hall and the park marks the site of the historic Confederate home. This will be the location of the CASA Superhero 5k Run/Walk presented by South Oldham Rotary on November 12th at 10:00am. Participants are encouraged to wear their best superhero costume. Prizes will be awarded.
Oldham County Lewis & Clark Trail
Wendell Moore Park, Maples Park, Central Park
The Oldham County Lewis & Clark Trail is the county’s newest trail, which includes the above three parks plus Schamback Park in Westport, Longfield Farm and the Creasy Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen. You must drive the section of US Hwy 42 until you arrive at one of the 6 stops where you can hop off and explore your local area like Lewis & Clark. All of the sites on the L&C Trail tie Oldham County to the two explorers in some way. Enjoy learning about L&C by visiting these Oldham County attractions and completing the Junior Explorer booklet to receive your official Junior Explorer pin.
BATA children’s adventure trail
Trailhead at the intersection of Hwy 329 and Hwy 1694
The Brownsboro Alliance just created a new BATA Kids Adventure Trail. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Louisville, the Brownsboro Trails offer hiking and horseback riding in the rustic, unspoilt charm of the Brownsboro community. Nature lovers will enjoy the fresh air and tranquil woods of Oldham County as they connect with nature along this 14-mile trail system. Trails explore land connecting old roadbeds of a historic Old Stagecoach Road and also provide unique access to the University of Louisville Bird Sanctuary. The trails consist of three loops in and back from a trailhead at the intersection of Highway 329 and Highway 1694. The new BATA Kids Adventure Trail is a section designed specifically for families and younger hikers. Because the trails traverse private property, membership fees are required to protect both landowners and users of the trails and to support trail development and ongoing maintenance.
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