17 Best Hikes in Louisville, Kentucky (& Nearby)

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Are you looking for a great outdoor adventure in Louisville? From beautiful creek-side paths to elevated trails, this guide offers 17 hikes that are perfect for all experience levels.

The Parklands is actually four separate parks situated over a whopping 4000 acres. It's enormous!

The Parklands of Floyds Fork

Local favorite Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is just about 30 miles down 65 south, and is home to 16,137 acres of pristine woodland beauty with 40 miles of trails!

Bernheim Forest

This park is one of the best places near Louisville to hike, with over 15,000-acres right on the Ohio river, meaning some of the trails have killer river views!

Charlestown State Park

Harrods Creek is located in a subdivision called Hunting Creek, which is about 20 minutes from downtown in the suburb of Prospect.

Harrods Creek Park

The lake is the place to take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch! Snag a picnic table and enjoy.

Yost Ridge Trail to Mitchell Lake Trail

Located just 30 minutes from downtown Louisville and still within Louisville's borders, a visit to Jefferson Memorial feels like stepping out of the city and into undisturbed nature.

Jefferson Memorial Forest

The central feature of the park is a fully paved 2.4-mile scenic loop that you can either walk or drive. (The secret is to keep turning left to stay in the park, and turn right to exit!).

Cherokee Park

Yellow Leaves
Jump Rope

Head to our Louisville travel blog to learn more about the hiking trails!