A crowd gathers at Kentucky's Downing Museum at Baker Arboretum

Parks, Arboretums & Botanical Gardens

Kentucky Parks, Arboretums & Botanical Gardens

Kentucky is a state with natural beauty at every turn. Find a field full of flowers or a tree-lined trail and enjoy nature’s finest work at our arboretums and botanical gardens.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont (just outside Louisville) is a sprawling natural space with expansive hiking and biking trails. Fishing, bird-watching and geocaching are also popular within the park. The Arboretum in Lexington spans 100 gorgeous acres and is operated by the University of Kentucky, with guided tours offered May-September and self-guided tours available year round. 

Green River Park & Arboretum occupies a scenic spot on the banks of the Green River in charming Munfordville, and offers many family-friendly features including a playground, trails, campground and boat launch. The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden is the jewel of Owensboro, with several distinct gardens, a butterfly garden and manicured grounds that double as a wedding venue. And in Paris, the stunning Nannine Clay Wallis House & Arboretum is home to the Garden Club of Kentucky. 

You’ll find more beautiful surroundings at Jacob Vanmeter Trail and Arboretum, Jeffers Bend Environmental Center and Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, which has received national recognition as a center for sustainable gardening.

City & Local Parks in Kentucky

Communities throughout Kentucky are home to a number of local park systems. From expansive destinations like the Parklands of Floyds Fork in Louisville, to quiet creekside spots with picnic benches and playgrounds, you’ll find plenty of places to stop, play and soak in the scenery.

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