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Old 10-04-2015, 10:43 AM
 
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Curious if there are many hiking trails near Louisville? Thank you!
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Old 10-04-2015, 04:13 PM
 
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Cherokee Park, Joe Creason, Bernhiem Forest(sp?) . . . there are quite a few
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Old 10-04-2015, 07:41 PM
 
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thank you! Not from the area & possibly relocating to Louisville. Great news!!!
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Old 10-05-2015, 05:51 AM
 
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For a metro not in mountains Louisville has great hiking options. Literally 100+ miles of trails within 45 miles of downtown. SW Jefferson Co south of the Snyder has Jefferson Memorial Forest which has many trails in the 5 mile range. Bernheim Forest near Bardstown is great. Southern Indiana has many, including the 50 mile long Knobstone.
New parks ringing east of Louisville have been and are being built and most have a couple miles of hiking / nature trails.

The terrain is rolling forested hills. Elevation change will never be more than 300 feet and is usually more around 100/200 ft. But it's great to have them so close you can go after work and great prep for the bigger trails in Appalachia. Just a couple hours east of here and you have the trails in the mountains.
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Old 10-06-2015, 07:13 AM
 
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I've hiked mountains out West that were less challenging than the Knobstone. It's a great trail with some amazing views.
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Louisville KY
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I believe iriquois, and Tom Sawyer may have some as well.
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:18 AM
 
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Not super close to Louisville but Clifty Falls over in Madison, IN is very nice and the town is great.
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:44 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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I believe iriquois, and Tom Sawyer may have some as well.
Most larger parks have nature trails of some kind. Most are around 1 mile. EP Sawyer has a couple miles worth (used to walk it several times a week before I moved to NA). As someone into hiking I make a distinction between nature trails and real hiking, that both are fine and Louisville has them in abundance. If I won the lottery and spent every day hiking it would take a few years to hit all the trails within an hour or downtown, and more are being built constantly. And if you want real mountain hiking you're just a few hours to Red River Gorge, Sheltowee Trace, Cumberland Gap, etc.
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Old 10-06-2015, 05:40 PM
 
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For a metro not in mountains Louisville has great hiking options. Literally 100+ miles of trails within 45 miles of downtown. SW Jefferson Co south of the Snyder has Jefferson Memorial Forest which has many trails in the 5 mile range. Bernheim Forest near Bardstown is great. Southern Indiana has many, including the 50 mile long Knobstone.
New parks ringing east of Louisville have been and are being built and most have a couple miles of hiking / nature trails.
These are all great options. Charlestown State park in Indiana is also close by and there are several other hikes within an hours drive as well. Lots of outdoor opportunities in the area.
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Old 10-07-2015, 06:45 PM
 
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Most larger parks have nature trails of some kind. Most are around 1 mile. EP Sawyer has a couple miles worth (used to walk it several times a week before I moved to NA). As someone into hiking I make a distinction between nature trails and real hiking, that both are fine and Louisville has them in abundance. If I won the lottery and spent every day hiking it would take a few years to hit all the trails within an hour or downtown, and more are being built constantly. And if you want real mountain hiking you're just a few hours to Red River Gorge, Sheltowee Trace, Cumberland Gap, etc.
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These are all great options. Charlestown State park in Indiana is also close by and there are several other hikes within an hours drive as well. Lots of outdoor opportunities in the area.
This a HUGE reason I love Louisville so much. You have an urban/hip/arts/music/culture cool city, but 1/2 hour out, and you can be in major nature! It's a little like New England in that respect. You can find total desolation if you want . . .
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