Kentucky Tourism

John James Audubon Trails

Hiking Trail Rules and Guidelines

Facility & Trail Maps
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.

Woodpecker Trail

John James Audubon State Park

Henderson, Kentucky


Audubon State Park is home to seven species of woodpeckers. Many of these birds make use of the habitat surrounding the trail, and can often be seen in this area of the woods. Other wildlife may be spotted along the ridges and in the valleys nearby. To hike this path, you must access it from other trails. Begin your hike on Warbler Road by the Park Main Office/Welcome Center. Take the first left (a short gravel service road) to connect with Pawpaw Valley Trail, which descends to a lush valley. Turn right to cross the bridge and follow the long steady climb up Woodpecker Trail. The 0.4-mile trail ends at the top of the hill. You must choose a path of return: Looping back to the valley by turning left along Kentucky Coffeetree Trail, will lead you back to your starting point, for a total of about 1 mile. By turning right along Wilderness Lake Trail and another right onto Warbler Road, your steps will lead you to the Park Main Office/Welcome Center, for a total hike of about 0.9-miles.

  • Length: 0.4 mi
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Hiking

John James Audubon State Park
3100 US Highway 41 North
Henderson, KY 42420

Region: Western
County: Henderson
Phone: 270-826-2247
Email: [email protected]