TOP 10 Places to Hike in Louisville

Places to Hike in LouisvilleAre you a an avid hiker or just looking to get outdoors? Louisville offers many hiking options! We gathered our favorite places in and around Louisville to hike for all skill levels - get outdoors!

Jefferson Memorial Forest

Choose from 9 trails ranging from intermediate to difficult, Stiltstone Trail is a highly rated trail among many. Red Trail, Yost Ridge Trail, Scotts Gap Trail, Blue Trail, and Holsclaw Hill Loop are among the others in Jefferson Memorial Forest.

Bernheim Forest

With 13 trails, there’s a hike for every skill level. Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a 15,625 acre arboretum, forest, and nature preserve located in Clermont, Kentucky. Bernheim was founded in 1929 by Isaac Wolfe Bernheim, a German immigrant and successful brewer whose whiskey distillery business established the I.W. Harper brand. Don’t miss the The Giants constructed by Danish artist, Thomas Dambo, using recycled wood from the region. The Giants are within walking distance of each other; it's an approximately 2-mile loop to see all three.  

Broad Run Park

Also a part of the Louisville Loop, Broad Run Park includes 2 additional trails – Limestone Gorge Trail and Karst Climb Trail. Both trails are intermediate skill level, short distanced hikes less than 2 miles and are highly rated according to 

Cherokee Park

Easily accessible, Cherokee Park includes two main loops and trails can be chosen point-to-point on much of the loop. Cherokee Park Loop is 5 miles while Cherokee Park Scenic Loop is 2.5 miles around.  

Harrods Creek Park

This is a hidden jewel in the Hunting Creek neighborhood. It's great for hiking with fun singletrack and a mile of wide grass trail. There's lots of natural beauty, and the trails are very well maintained. This particular hike utilizes both loops at Harrods Creek Park, and you can easily add on another loop or two if you are looking for a longer outing.

Tioga Falls

Tioga Falls Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near West Point, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Beckley Creek Park 

Beckley Creek Park has 3 trails consisting of 5 miles: Black Willow Trails, Valley of the Giants and Coppiced Woods Trail. Beckley Creek Park is also included in the notable Louisville Loop; This wide multi-use trail travels through 19-miles of The Parklands of Floyd Forks connecting various trail users with recreation and non-motorized commuting opportunities. When completed, the entire Louisville Loop will create a 100-mile long paved loop around the city. 

Charlestown State Park

With 7 trails to choose from in Charlestown State Park, 5 are moderate difficulty in ranging from 1.3 to 2.6 miles and from 449 to 685 feet above sea level. 

Clifty Falls

Looking for a great trail in Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, views trails, waterfall trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Clifty Falls State Park ranging from 0.8 to 7 miles and from 797 to 826 feet above sea level. 

Mount Saint Francis

Mount Saint Francis Loop Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Floyds Knobs, Indiana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Hiking is a great way to explore the area. Enjoy this time of year! 

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