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.

Weather Conditions

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.

King Benson Trail

John James Audubon State Park

Henderson, Kentucky


King Benson Trail is named for a former naturalist that worked at Audubon State Park. This relatively easy 0.3-mile trail has illustrated interpretive signs that refer to the natural history of the Park, as well as the artwork of John James Audubon. From the trail map kiosk at the end of the Main Office/Welcome Center parking lot, follow the series of steps to the right and climb to the top of a grassy knoll. King Benson Trail then descends into a peaceful, forested valley filled with tall Tulip Trees, young Pawpaw Trees, and plenty of Spicebush. Once the trail emerges from the valley and joins Warbler Road, hikers will take a left and follow the road back to the parking area, or will choose to embark upon other trails.

  • Length: 0.3 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]