Wilderness Lake Trail

Park Activities

  • Hiking
Wilderness Lake Trail
John James Audubon State Park
3100 US Hwy 41
Henderson, KY 42420
Henderson, KY
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(1 MILE)

Wilderness Lake Trail boasts a beautiful 13-acre lake nestled deep within the Nature Preserve. To hike this one-mile trail, begin at the Main Office/Welcome Center parking area and proceed about 0.3-mile along Warbler Road. Turn left at the Wilderness Lake trailhead and walk 0.1-miles. Upon arriving at an intersection of three trails, veer to the right. After a short downward traverse, the trail will turn left at a stone shelter that was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and recently restored through an Eagle Scout Project. You will follow a ridge, eventually descending toward the lake using a steep staircase, and will emerge upon a grassy levee. The trail continues across several bridges as it follows the lake perimeter, providing a good opportunity for wildlife-viewing. A variety of birds including Great Blue Herons, Green Herons and Belted Kingfishers can be observed along the bank as well as other wildlife including White-tailed Deer, beaver, turtles, fish, and frogs. The trail is also one of the best in the Park for observing a diversity of spring wildflowers. Near the end of this trail, there will be a steady incline leading back to Warbler Road. Follow the road back to the parking area. Total combined hiking distance is about 2 miles.
Trail Details
  • Length (mi.): 1
  • Difficulty: Moderate