E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park
- Water Recreation
- Wildlife Viewing
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A 539-acre oasis on the outskirts of Louisville, the rolling fields that were once farmland are now the site of some of the finest indoor and outdoor recreation facilities in Kentucky. Stop by for a swim, play a round of tennis or bring your pet to the dog park!
Hours of OperationPark Grounds
Open all year.
Park is closed daily from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Pool & Splash Pad **CLOSED FOR WINTER SEASON!
Call the pool house for more information: 502-429-7270
Olympic-sized swimming pool, diving board, splash pad, concession stand
(Updated May 10, 2019)
- Ages 13 & up: $7.00
- Ages 3-12: $5.00
- Ages 2 & under: FREE
Meetings, Weddings, Pool Parties
With more than 5,720 square footage of space, the Sawyer Hayes Community Center can entertain up to 200 people depending on your event. Poolside birthday parties are available Memorial Day through Labor Day. Call us at 502-429-7270 for information on hosting your birthday party at our pool! For more information about hosting a group or wedding CLICK HERE.
Things to Do
On Saturday, April 10, 2004, the Louisville Dog Run Association and Kentucky Department of Parks opened the Sawyer Dog Park. Sawyer Dog Park was the first official off-leash dog park in our community.
Sawyer Dog Park is located in the northeast corner of the park property across Freys Hill Road from the main park entrance. The park spans across approximately six acres and is divided into three two-acre areas: one for small dogs (dogs under 30 pounds) and two for all dogs. Membership to the Louisville Dog Run Association is required to enter the dog park. For more information on the Louisville Dog Run Association, please visit www.louisvilledogs.com.
The Louisville Astronomical Society (LAS), established in 1933, is dedicated to promoting astronomy to the people of Greater Louisville. LAS created an astronomy center right here at the park where they host free monthly Star Parties. You can gaze through their telescopes at the planets and stars or bring your own for a lesson. The facilities include a classroom where LAS conducts space programs for all ages. They are also available for group events. For Star Party dates and other information, visit their website, http://louisville-astro.org.
Irish Classic 10K and the Goose Creek 5K. Registration is currently open!
Register online for the Irish Classic 10K registration here: http://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Parks/IrishClassic.
For the 5K registration go to: http://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Parks/GS5K.
Orienteering is a sport in woods navigation where a person uses a map and compass to complete a course. It can be done by yourself or with your family. It is a great way to spend part of the day discovering new parts of the park! E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park offers a 4.2 km permanent orienteering course featuring 10 controls (check points) in a mixed forest and park-like setting.
The range has target distances of 10, 20, 30, and 40 yards and 10 and 15 meters. It is free and open to the public. Only field tipped arrows are allowed to be used at the Archery Range. Group archery lessons are available for your scout troop, civic organization, or business. Lessons are offered in Spring & Fall. Our instructors are National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Certified. Call for information about leagues and tournaments! Contact the Recreation Department at 502-429-7270 for more information, pricing, and availability.
The Activities Building has a large gym with four badminton/pickleball courts. The space is available for Badminton use Wednesday 6pm-8pm and Sunday 12pm- 2pm. Participants need to bring their own equipment. Fee is $3.00/player cash only. For rental information, please contact the Recreation Office at 502-429-7270.
We have a full court outdoor basketball court across the road from the Activities Building open from dawn to dusk. Our gymnasium is available for rent at a cost of $70.00/hr. Call the Recreation Office at 502-429-7270 for more information on basketball and gym rental opportunities.
Many of our year round residents are easily found throughout the winter months, including chickadees, nuthatches, wrens, cardinals, sparrows, robins, and woodpeckers. The neotropical migrants are found in the park during the spring and summer. A special treat is to hear and possibly see the mating flights of the American Woodcock. Simply go out at dusk any evening in March near one of the brushy fields (by Hurstbourne parking lot is best)and you will start to hear the single raspy “peent” calls of the staging males. Suddenly, a male takes flight while giving a continuous series of chirps and twitters as it climbs in a large spiral to a height of several hundred feet. It will return in a series of swooping dives, still chirping away, to land within a few feet of where it started. This show will repeat for about half an hour after dusk. And come see our watchable wildlife at the new bird blind. Some of the more common birds you will see are cardinals, tufted titmice, robins, chickadees, and Carolina wrens. Bring your list of birds or get a bird list from the Recreation Office.
The park features a BMX track that is considered one of the best in the country and hosts the National BMX Grand Championships every Labor Day Weekend. All riders must wear protective gear and comply with park and track rules. Derby City BMX holds races here Wednesdays and Saturdays from early spring through the fall months. The track is open from March 1 - October 31 and is open to the public when races are not being held. There is a fee for racing. Visit www.derbycitybmx.org.
The Tom Sawyer Community Gardens have grown to 155 garden plots. These gardens are available to the public at a cost of $40 for a 20’ x 20’ plot or $15 for a raised bed for the season. One garden plot per family. Gardening is an excellent way for exercise, eating healthy, socializing, and learning. For more information, please call the Recreation Office at 502-429-7270.
The 1-mile fitness trail is a crushed limestone, level grade trail with 10 exercise stations. The 1.25- mile Goose Creek nature trail meanders through open meadow habitat to a semi-wooded area along Goose Creek. The loop trail is an easy grade trail. This trail is only open to hikers. Bicycles are not allowed on the trail. There is an additional trail near Shelter 3 which leads to the park’s vernal pond. Please visit the Recreation Office for an informational guide to the vernal pond. All trails are open year-round. Please stay on main trails to reduce erosion problems in the park.
Model Airplane Flying
Also of interest is a radio-controlled airfield. The runway (400 feet long, 35 feet wide) may be used by all pilot members of the River City Remote Controllers. Open 10 AM to dusk daily, except for dates reserved for contests. Open year-round. Membership is required before using the airfield. For more information call 502-930-5753 or CLICK HERE!
Pickleball programming times and days are as follows; Open play for all play levels hosted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Beginners only session offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Seasonal open play Pickleball session which runs March through October on Monday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Each program costs $3.00/player cash only, paddles and balls are provided for use for those who may not have their own.
There are three picnic shelters for public use. This area is a first come first serve basis, unless marked as reserved.
- Shelter 1 is located near the main parking lot next to the playground. Included with the rental are a sand volley ball court and horse shoe pits. It has two attached restrooms, grill and space to accommodate 100 people.
- Shelter 2 is located near the main parking lot to the right of the Activities Building. It has a grill, portable restrooms, and space to accommodate up to 80-100 people. It also includes a sand volley ball court and horse shoe pits.
- Shelter 3 is located near the Sawyer Hayes Center on the back of the park. It has indoor restrooms and space to accommodate up to 50 people.
The park has two playgrounds. One near Picnic shelter number 1, and another near the dog park.
The park has 14 soccer fields. Leagues and clinics are offered for various ages and levels of competition on these fields. Fall and Spring Leagues are run by the Sawyer Youth Soccer Association. For information regarding registration visit their website at http://www.sawyeryouthsoccer.com
For League and rental info, please call Derby City Sports at 502-773-7920
The park's 12 tennis courts are open 7 a.m. to dusk daily and open to the public. Court Rentals: courts can be rented for a fee up to six months in advance. Please contact the Recreation Office at 502-429-7270 for more information, pricing & availability.