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.

Scenic Overlook Trail

John James Audubon State Park

Henderson, Kentucky


The Scenic Overlook Trail is a short trail of 0.22-miles that diverges from the Wilderness Lake Trail at the Civilian Conservation Corps stone shelter. This trail descends slowly through the Nature Preserve forest to a rewarding view of Wilderness Lake from above. Many turtles can be observed sunning themselves upon logs in the water. The Kingfisher’s rattling call can often be heard in this area of the lake, and other water-loving birds may be spotted as well. Hikers will have to return using the same route.

  • Length: 0.22 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]