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Schoolchildren experience nature at Beargrass Creek SNP ~ photo by Louisville Nature Center staff

Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserves


Location: Jefferson County
Size: 41 acres
Access: Open to the publicOpen to Public

* Louisville Nature Center
Purchased with Assistance of: 
Land & Water Conservation Fund

Dedicated Feb. 17, 1982, Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve is a 41-acre second growth woodland in Jefferson County. Located in close proximity to Joe Creason Park  and the Louisville Zoological Gardens, this urban green space is a popular birding area and offers passive recreation and nature education in the midst of downtown Louisville. The preserve is co-managed with the Louisville Nature Center and is also a Watchable Wildlife Site

  • Features - wooded tract in urban Louisville, diversity of migrant birds
  • Access - one mile of easy trails on ridgetop and bottomland
  • Facilities - nature center and restrooms
  • Parking - abundant
  • Activities - birding, hiking, nature study, etc.
  • Directions - Jefferson County. From the Watterson Expressway (I-264), take Exit 14 to Poplar Level Road North. Take Poplar Level Road to Trevilian Way (1.0 mile). Turn Right on to Trevilian Way and go 0.2 mile to Illinois Avenue. Turn Left on to Illinois Avenue. Take Illinois Avenue to the LNC parking lot on your right (0.2 mile)

Upcoming Events:
Preregistration is required for all events unless otherwise stated. Please contact the Louisville Nature Center by calling 502-458-1328 or via e-mail at to register or for more information. To see a full listing of events visit