There is no shortage of fantastic hikes in Louisville! Most Louisville hiking trails are in their own park systems, each of which has a myriad of hiking trails to choose from.
The central feature of the park is a fully paved 2.4-mile scenic loop that you can either walk or drive. But we suggest that you head off the paved path and into the forest on the Cherokee Park Trail, where you’ll find a meandering loop that takes you through the true heart of Cherokee Park.
Located just 30 minutes from downtown Louisville, a visit to Jefferson Memorial feels like stepping out of the city and into undisturbed nature.
Harrods Creek is located in a subdivision called Hunting Creek, which is about 20 minutes from downtown in the suburb of Prospect.
This park is only about 20 miles outside of downtown Louisville, but it feels like you’re in an entirely different world. And I should mention that though I say “park”, the Parklands is actually 4 separate parks situated over a whopping 4000 acres.
Tucked away in Broadrun Park is the Moss Gibbs Woodland Garden Trail, an easy hike that packs in a lot of flora in a small amount of space.
Located in Charlestown, Indiana about 30 minutes away from downtown Louisville, this park is one of the best places near Louisville to hike.
Deam Lake’s main draw is its sandy beach and swimming area, since it’s the closest beach to Lousiville, but in the cooler months it’s also a fantastic place to hike.