Nature and Bird Lover's Paradise
- John James Audubon State Park was established on October 3, 1934. The Park includes 692 acres of breath-taking beauty. Since it’s a Heaven on Earth for birds, it only stands to reason that it’s also a Heaven on Earth for bird lovers.
- The park is located on a MAJOR bird migratory route, so bird lovers of all levels will enjoy an ever-changing, colorful variety of feathered park residents.
- A bird checklist is available in the beautiful Welcome Center. Over 160 birds are listed – which will give you some idea of the great number of birds that enjoy the park.
- The Audubon Museum and Nature Center (pictured above) is an absolutely gorgeous French chateau. Birds nest in the niches of the tower. The entire setting is like something out of a fairy tale.
- The Museum and guest cottages, by one of the park’s small lakes, were built in 1938. Cobbled courtyards, retaining walls, and park office buildings match the main building’s beautiful architecture.
- A life-size diorama in the museum shows one of the greatest artists of all time, John James Audubon, at work.
- Audubon family possessions in the museum include a silver service that Audubon bought for his wife, Lucy, to replace one they’d had to sell during a financially difficult time.
- There’s a large, circular viewing room in the Nature Center with big, beautiful plate glass windows for viewing birds at the many feeding stations. The Nature Center comprises three areas: a wildlife Observation Room, a Discovery Center with hands-on exhibits, and the Learning Center.
- There are nine trails of varying length at Audubon. Click here for a description of each trail.
- Not only can you fish for largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish from the banks of the 28-acre lake, you can even get free fishing gear to do so!
- Read more about John James Audubon State Park on the Kentucky State Park’s Official Website. You’ll find events, contact information, park history, and more.
- See Pictures of John James Audubon State Park (including the trails, Welcome Center, and Museum & Nature Center) in Genuine Kentucky’s photo albums.
The trails at John James Audubon State Park are some of the most beautiful trails we’ve ever seen.