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John James Audubon Trails

Hiking Trail Rules and Guidelines

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Locate trails and more on John James Audubon's facility map, or use their interactive adventure map.


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To enhance the visitor’s outdoor recreation experience, John James Audubon State Park has 6 miles of hiking trails to explore. From easy to moderate in difficulty, from paved passageways to rugged hills and walking paths, there is a trail to please everyone. Most of Audubon’s trail system is within a dedicated Kentucky State Nature Preserve, meaning our pristine forest has been recognized for its natural significance and is protected by law for scientific and educational purposes. When you come to enjoy the natural beauty of the trails, please help us protect our woods for future generations by adhering to Park and Preserve rules.

Hiking Trail Rules and Guidelines

John James Audubon State Park trails are open to the public from sun up until sun down. Hikes should be planned accordingly.

Please be advised that pets and bicycles are not allowed within the Nature Preserve. Hikers with pets should use the Eagle Glenn Pet Trail located at the front of the park. Bicyclists should remain on paved park roads.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Wilderness Lake Trail (1 miles)    Difficulty:

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
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Scenic Overlook Trail (0.22 miles)    Difficulty:

3100 US Highway 41 North
Henderson, KY

.22 mile, diverges from Wilderness Lake Trail at CCC shelter, good view of lake from above
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Back Country Trail (1.6 miles)    Difficulty:

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
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Eagle Glen Pet Trail (0.9 miles)    Difficulty:

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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