Beargrass Creek Nature Preserve in Louisville - A 41-acre urban forest with over 2 miles of hiking trails located across from the Louisville Zoo at 3745 Illinois Avenue. For more information, check the Beargrass Creek website.
Bernheim Forest - Bernheim Forest is located 25 miles south of Louisville and 4 miles south of Shepherdsville in Bullitt and Nelson counties. From Shepherdsville, travel 4 miles south on KY 61 and 2 miles east on KY 245 (click here for additional information, & here to see the Bernheim bird list).
Falls of the Ohio - From I-65 at Louisville, take exit 0 on the Indiana side and follow signs to Falls of the Ohio State Park. Best viewing is with a spotting scope from the State Park overlook; also walk downstream to view additional exposed rock shelves. For more information, check the Falls of the Ohio website.
Jefferson County Memorial Forest - The Forest has over 30 miles of hiking trails and is located in Jefferson County off the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265) and I-65. The address is: 11311 Mitchell Hill Road, Fairdale, KY 40118. Phone # (502) 368-5404. For more information, check the Jefferson County Memorial Forest webpage.
Kentucky State Parks near I-65 - Barren River Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Green River Lake, Lake Cumberland, Rough River Dam, and others. For more information, check the Kentucky State Parks website.
Knobs Loop Trail - includes Taylorsville Lake, Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, & Vernon Douglas Nature Preserve. For more information, check the Knobs Loop Trail website.
Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area - Otter Creek Park is located 25 miles southwest of Louisville and can be reached by traveling from Louisville on US 31W and US 60 to Muldraugh, then going west on KY 1368 for 4 miles. For more information, check the Otter Creek website.
Transient Lakes in Warren County - Chaney Lake can be reached by driving south on US 31W from the junction of US 31W, US 68, & US 231 on the south side of Bowling Green, KY. Travel 8 miles, then turn right on a gravel road & travel another half mile to the lake. To find McElroy Lake, continue south on US 31W for another 2 miles (to Woodburn, KY), then go left on KY 240 for 1/3 mile, turn left again on KY 884 and travel 2.6 miles to the lake. For more information, check the Transient Lakes page.