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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

Prohibited Activities

For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, the following are NOT permitted in the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve:

  • Walking Dogs


  • Camping or fires

  • Fishing or hunting

  • Collecting

  • Littering

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