Kentucky Tourism

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.

Wilderness Lake Trail

John James Audubon State Park

Henderson, Kentucky


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.

  • Length: 1 mi
  • 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]