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Trumpeter Swan ~ painting by John James Audubon (The Birds of America 1838)

John James Audubon SPNP

Location: Henderson County
Size: 339 acres
Access: Open to the publicOpen to Public

Kentucky Department of Parks
Kentucky Department of Parks
Purchased with Assistance of:  
* Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund

Link to Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund
Located within John James Audubon State Park in Henderson County, the John James Audubon State Park Nature Preserve protects a mature mixed hardwood forest. More than 300 acres of the park was originally set aside as a bird sanctuary and memorial to the distinguished naturalist, John James Audubon. This area was dedicated Sept. 19, 1979. Today a total of 339 acres are dedicated. Rich displays of spring wildflowers and loess bluffs overlooking the Ohio River are some of the features to explore.

  • Features - old growth trees, lake, spring wildflowers
  • Access - 5.5 miles of trail over uneven terrain, moderate
  • Facilities - state park
  • Parking - abundant
  • Activities - hiking, nature study, birding, etc.
  • Directions - Henderson County. From the junction of U.S. 60 and U.S. 41 in Henderson, follow U.S. 41 north for 1.7 miles to the John James Audubon State Park entrance.

State nature preserves located within Kentucky state parks are special places with different management priorities. While the parks are there primarily for public recreation, the acreage that has been dedicated as a nature preserve is set aside for the rare, threatened or endangered species and communities that occur there. KSNPC is focused on management for these species and communities while providing opportunities for scientific research and nonconsumptive recreation. For information concerning use of state park facilities, programs and recreation opportunities please visit the John James Audubon State Park Web site.