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Following is a list of parks, forests and nature preserves in the Louisville metropolitan area.

Iroquois park
View of Downtown Louisville from the overlook atop Iroquois Park.

Louisville Metro (Jefferson County)

Frederick Law Olmsted Parks

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The Jefferson Memorial Forest is the largest municipal urban forest in the United States.

The Frederick Law Olmsted Parks (formerly called the Olmsted Park System) in Louisville was the last of five such systems designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. All of the parks in this system are managed by Louisville Metro Parks.

Other parks
Central Park Sentier
Walking trails in Central Park, located in the Old Louisville neighborhood.
  • Boone Square
  • Central Park
  • Chickasaw Park
  • Seneca Park
  • Algonquin Parkway
  • Eastern Parkway
  • Northwestern Parkway
  • Southern Parkway
  • Southwestern Parkway

Other parks managed by Louisville Metro Parks

  • David Armstrong Extreme Park
  • George Rogers Clark Park
  • Joe Creason Park
  • Eastwood Park
  • Farman Park
  • Gnadinger Park
  • Jefferson Memorial Forest – Largest municipal urban forest in the U.S., operated as a park by Metro Parks
  • Liberty Bell Playground
  • Locust Grove – Historic home and residence of George Rogers Clark
  • Louisville Champions Park (Future)
  • Nightingale Park
  • Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing – Historic home and river landing

Parks not managed by Louisville Metro Parks

Louisville Waterfront Park, once an industrial wasteland, Louisville's reclaimed waterfront now features trees and walking paths
  • Auburn Park (Jeffersontown)
  • Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve
  • Blackacre Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead
  • Bowling Park (St. Matthews)
  • Brown Park (St. Matthews)
  • Dayton Avenue Park (St. Matthews)
  • Arthur K. Draut Park (St. Matthews)
  • Fort Nelson Park
  • Founder's Square
  • Garvin Brown Nature Preserve
  • Harrods Creek Park (Prospect)
  • Jefferson Square
  • Louisville Waterfront Park
  • The Parklands of Floyds Fork:
    • Beckley Creek Park
    • Pope Lick Park
    • Broad Run Park
    • The Strand
    • Turkey Run Park
  • Riverfront Plaza/Belvedere
  • Robison Park (Lyndon)
  • St. Matthews Park/Community Center
  • E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park
  • Shively Park (Shively)
  • Six Mile Island State Nature Preserve
  • Skyview Park (Jeffersontown)
  • Veterans Memorial Park (Jeffersontown)
  • Warwick Park (St. Matthews)

Kentucky metropolitan counties outside Jefferson

Bernheim Sign
Sign at the entrance of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, 25 miles south of Louisville.


  • Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest


  • Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area — Operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources


  • Bardstown Community Park
  • Dean Watts Park (Bardstown)
  • My Old Kentucky Home State Park
  • Jones Avenue Park (Bardstown)
  • Woodson/Rogers Park (Bardstown)


  • John T. Walsh Park (La Grange)
  • Wendell Moore Park (Buckner)
  • Wilborn Park (La Grange)
  • Yew Dell Gardens (Crestwood)
  • Creasy Mahan Nature Preserve (Goshen)
  • Community Convention and Aquatic Center (Buckner)



  • Taylorsville Lake State Park — includes Taylorsville Lake, which extends into Nelson and Anderson Counties.


Indiana metropolitan counties

Postcard of a scene from Cherokee Park at the base of Baringer Hill, early 20th century.


Jeffersonville parks and recreation
  • Bob Hedge Park
  • Colston Park
  • Connie Seller Park
  • Highland Park
  • John Wilcoxson Park
  • Lansden Park
  • Lottie Oglesby Park
  • Meijer Little League Fields
  • Oak Park
  • Optimist Park
  • Port Fulton Park
  • Shannon Memorial Park
  • Shirley Hall Park
  • Vissing Park
  • Warder Park
  • Wathen Park
Clarksville parks and recreation
  • Ashland Park
  • Beechwood Park
  • Cedar Park
  • Colgate Park
  • Gaskell Park
  • Lapping Park
  • Little League Park
  • Midway Park
  • Moser Park
  • Parkwood Park
  • Ray Lawrence Park
Others and state parks
  • Perrin Park — Privately owned; located in Jeffersonville
  • Charlestown State Park
  • Clark State Forest
  • Falls of the Ohio State Park


  • Buffalo Trace Park
  • Harrison-Crawford State Forest
  • Hayswood Nature Reserve
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