The Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve offers people of all ages a retreat from the surrounding urban areas. This 41-acre urban forest provides critical greenspace and recreation opportunities in the city. The only urban nature preserve owned by the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, the Preserve offers:
Over 2 miles of hiking trails
A diversity of plants, including 180 species of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers
Over 150 species of resident and migratory birds documented
At least 30 butterfly species observed
Amazing wildlife viewing opportunities
For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, the following are NOT permitted in the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve:
Camping or fires
Fishing or hunting
Any person in violation of these regulations may be liable for a civil penalty of $1,000 per day and possible criminal prosecution as provided for in KRS 224.
Thank you for helping to protect local wildlife!
Louisville Nature Center manages Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve under an agreement with the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission. Our management goals include preserving biodiversity, restoring habitat quality and maintaining safe trail conditions.
Banner photo by Jeff Mattingly