Your Complete Guide To Hiking At Audubon State Park

John James Audubon State Park in Henderson is unique in many ways. While the park is completely submerged by nature, one thing that makes the park particularly special is its proximity to the city of Henderson. 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 outdoorsy weekend getaway, or a quick afternoon getaway to the woods, there are trails to fit your schedule and your skill level at the award-winning John James Audubon State Park.

First things, first: The Trails.

Museum Trail (2.5 miles) Difficulty: Easy

3100 US Highway 41 North
Henderson, KY
Trailhead located behind Audubon museum, mostly paved surface.

Kentucky Coffee Tree Trail (0.5 miles) Difficulty: Moderate

3100 US Highway 41 North
Henderson, KY
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
Begin by walking on Warbler Rd., see seven 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
Paved road, serves as location for many trailheads/trail endings, named for the 20 species of Warblers 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
Begins at set of steps off main office parking lot, trail winds and joins Warbler Rd., relatively easy.

Wilderness Lake Trail (1 mile) Difficulty: Moderate

3100 US Highway 41 North
Henderson, KY
Begins off Warbler Rd., travels around Wilderness Lake-a state nature preserve, follows ridge line before descending to lake by way of steep stairway, various wildflowers and wildlife, trail is hilly at times.

Scenic Overlook Trail (0.22 miles)

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

Back Country Trail (1.6 miles) Difficulty: Moderate

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

Eagle Glen Pet Trail (0.9 miles) Difficulty: Advanced

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

Audubon Wetlands Trail (1 mile) Difficulty: Easy
781 Wolf Hills Rd.
Henderson, KY
Short trail loop that features a wide wooden boardwalk that spans about .25 of a mile.

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But let’s not forget: The Rules.

The Kentucky State Parks system has rules in place to protect the 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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