Your Complete Guide To Hiking At Audubon State Park

John James Audubon State Park in Henderson in unique in many ways – but one thing that makes it particularly special is its proximity to a city, but the feeling of being submerged in nature. The 700-acre park sits directly off of busy Highway 41, but once you’ve entered the park the hustle and bustle of the highway is but an afterthought.

Many who visit the park come for the great selection of hiking trails, ranging from the more difficult Eagle Glen Pet Trail to the easier loops near the museum. A map of all of the trails is available for download here.  Whether you’re looking for an outdoor-sy weekend getaway, or a quick thing to do, there are trails to fit your schedule, and your skill level.

First things, first: The Trails.

Museum Trail (2.5 miles)    Difficulty: Easy

3100 US Highway 41 North
Henderson, KY
.25 mile loop, trailhead located behind Audubon museum, mostly paved surface, easy

Kentucky Coffee Tree Trail (0.5 miles)    Difficulty: Moderate

3100 US Highway 41 North
Henderson, KY
.5 mile, begins with Museum Trail, Coffee Tree Trail breaks off to the right into lush valley, trail ends on hilltop, hikers may make loop with woodpecker trail, trail is hilly

Woodpecker Trail (0.4 miles)    Difficulty: Easy

3100 US Highway 41 North
Henderson, KY
.4 mile trail, begin by walking on Warbler Rd., see 7 species of woodpecker, descends into valley, cross bridge and begin steady climb up hill, may return to museum by traveling back to Coffee Tree Trail

Warbler Road (0.7 miles)    Difficulty: Easy

3100 US Highway 41 North
Henderson, KY
.7 mile, paved road, serves as location for many trailheads/ trail endings, named for the 20 species of Warblerrs migrate to park during spring and summer, begins at main office parking lot

King Benson Trail (0.3 miles)    Difficulty: Easy

3100 US Highway 41 North
Henderson, KY
.3 mile, begins at set of steps off main office parking lot, trail winds and joins Warbler Rd., relatively easy

Wilderness Lake Trail (1 miles)

3100 US Highway 41 North
Henderson, KY
1 mile, begins off Warbler Rd., travels around Wilderness Lake-a state nature preserve, follows ridgeline before descending to lake by way of steep stairway, see a good representation of wildlife and wildflowers

Scenic Overlook Trail (0.22 miles)

3100 US Highway 41 North
Henderson, KY
.22 mile, diverges from Wilderness Lake Trail at CCC shelter, good view of lake from above

Back Country Trail (1.6 miles)

3100 US Highway 41 North
Henderson, KY
1.6 miles, accessed through Warbler Rd. and Wilderness Lake Trail, travels over hilly terrain in northern section of Nataure Preserve

Eagle Glen Pet Trail (0.9 miles) Difficulty: Advanced

3100 US Highway 41 North
Henderson, KY
.9 mile, only trail that allows leashed pets, begins in museum parking lot, difficult due hilly terrain and amount of steps

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But let’s not forget: The Rules.

The Kentucky State Parks system has rules in place to protect natural habitat, animals – and you!
• Please stay on designated trail.
• Trails are open from sunrise to sunset
• Do not hike alone.
• Proper footwear recommended. This helps preserve the trail’s natural resources.
• Be sure to carry out any items, including garbage, that you carry in with you.
The following activities are prohibited on the hiking trails, unless otherwise noted:
• Motorized vehicles
• ATV’s
• Campfires
• Horseback Riding
• Alcoholic Beverages
• Rappelling and rock climbing
• Hunting or disturbing wildlife
• Collecting or digging for artifacts
• Picking flowers or harming plants
• Carving or damaging rock formations and trees
• Pets are allowed on Eagle Glen Pet Trail (must be on leash)

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