John James Audubon State Park
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Introduction

Beautiful 724-acre John James Audubon State Park is located just south of the Ohio river in western Kentucky. This park preserves the tranquil woods where John James Audubon walked as he studied the birds so lovingly captured in his paintings. Guests to the park will delight in the outdoor activities available to them here as well as the John James Audubon Museum and Nature Center located within the park. Guest are invited to enjoy this lovely outdoor space camping, playing golf, swimming, fishing, hiking, playing tennis, picnicking, playgrounds, and boating. Visitors are also encouraged to spend some time in the Audubon Museum and Nature Center when the they need a break from all the outdoor fun available to them.

At John James Audubon State Park, you'll find several lodging options available. The park maintains one-bedroom cabins and one two-bedroom cabin. Those interested in camping will find 71 campsites for RVs and trailers and 17 tent camping sites. The RV sites can accommodate RV’s up to 53 feet in length. All RV/trailer campsites have electric hookups. Guests will find that all campsites have a table, fire ring, and grill. The campground has paved roads and campsite parking pads, heated restrooms with flush toilets, hot showers, a dump station and playground.

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Transportation in John James Audubon State Park

Driving

The park's address is:

3100 US HWY 41 N.

Henderson, KY 42419

It is located on US 41 in the northern outskirts of Henderson. Take Alt-41 North leaving Henderson. Alter approximately two-and-a-half-miles, you will see the park on the right side of the road. The park is located directly opposite the Audubon Chrysler Center.

Parking

Guests to the park will find parking available within the campground at camp sites and near the playground. There are also parking spots available within the camp near the Back Country Trail head and near the museum.

Public Transport

There is no access to public transportation within the park

Campgrounds and parking in John James Audubon State Park

Campsites in John James Audubon State Park

Reservations camping

John James Audubon State Park

Guests to lovely wooded 724-acre John James Audubon State Park will find some variety in lodging offered here. The park maintains a campground with 71 campsites for RVs and trailers and 17 tent camping sites. The RV sites can accommodate RV’s up to 53 feet in length. All RV/trailer campsites have electric hookups. Guests will find that campsites have a table, fire ring, and grill. The campground has paved roads and campsite parking pads, heated restrooms with flush toilets, hot showers, a dump station and playground. The campground host has wood and ice available for purchase.

The park also offers lodging in five 1-bedroom cottages and one 2-bedroom cottage. Each of the 1-bedroom cottages has a king-sized bed, a pull-out sleeper sofa, a living room with a fireplace, a full kitchen, and a bathroom. The fireplaces are open October 1st – April 15th. The 2-bedroom cottages have 4 queen sized beds, 2 bathrooms, a living room, and a full kitchen. Cottages come with tableware, cooking utensils and linens provided. Cottages are available for late afternoon check-in. Check out is 10AM.Pets are welcome in the campground but must be maintained on a leash.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in John James Audubon State Park

In-Season

Golf

Take an afternoon to hit the links surrounded by the natural beauty of this stunning state park. The park maintains a traditionally designed course. The course was carved out of the woods and offers heavily tree-lined fairways. The signature hole here is #1. This is a 331-yard, par 4 hole sitting atop the second-highest hill in Henderson County. Guests will find a full-service pro shop, golf cars, pull carts, and clubs available within the park. Those of all ages and abilities are invited to give the course a try. The course offers three tee boxes to challenge all skill levels.

Fishing and Boating

Spend some time enjoying the lovely 28-acre lake maintained here. The family fishermen can cast for largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish from the lake banks. Those new to fishing may wish to check out free fishing gear available from the park staff.
However, be aware that a Kentucky Fishing License is required. For those who like fishing from the lake itself, the park offers pedal boats, canoes, fishing boats, and kayaks for rent. Boats can be located at the Recreation Lake boat dock Memorial Day through Labor Day. Guests should be aware that the Recreation Lake boat dock is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.

Hiking

Fans of walking will want to make sure they pack their hiking shoes. They will have the opportunity to walk in the same woods frequented by renowned artist John Audubon. Guests are invited to enjoy park trails ranging from 0.7 to three miles in distance. Trails guests will find within the park include:

The Museum Trail:

This is the shortest and easiest trail within the park. This quarter-mile looped trail provides information via interpretive signs. The Nature Center staff often utilize the trails amphitheater-style outdoor classroom for programming. Guests will find most of this trail is paved.

Kentucky Coffee Tree Trail:

This moderately difficult half-mile trail begins with the Museum Trail and breaks off to the right. Guests will find themselves walking through a lush valley. Guests may continue their hike with Woodpecker Trail.

Woodpecker Trail:

This easy .4-mile trail is home to many of the parks seven types of woodpeckers. Guests will often site woodpeckers and other wildlife along this trail.

Backcountry Trail:

This strenuous one-and-a-half-mile trail is more appropriate for experienced hikers. This trail guides guests over hilly terrain into the thick of the Nature Preserve. Guests will find a great deal of diversity in tree and wildlife species here. Expect a dazzling display of wildflowers her in the spring time. However, you should be mindful of exposed tree roots and the challenging inclines this trail provides.

Off-Season

Bird watching

As you might imagine, John James Audubon State Park is an exceptional place for bird watching. In winter the park is home to seven woodpecker species, and multiple waterfowl, sparrows, and mixed flocks. Guests to the park may occasionally sight, or at least hear, buteos, accipiters, and owls. From late winter through summer, guests can catch the Bald Eagles and Great Blue Heron raising their young north of the park on Stratman Road. The Wilderness Lake Trail is an excellent trail for viewing woodpeckers, warblers and waterfowl. The Recreation Lake shoreline provides the perfect terrain for fishing species like Great Blue Heron, Green Heron and Belted Kingfishers. Throughout the park, guests can see bluebird nest boxes. These offer perfect photo opportunities for Eastern Bluebirds, Carolina Wrens, Carolina Chickadees, and from time to time a Tree Swallow or Prothonotary Warbler.

John James Audubon Museum

Guests to the John James Audubon State Park will want to make sure they save time to visit the Audubon Museum here. The museum offers insight into the the life and work of John James Audubon. Information is also provided regarding Audubon’s family. The museum is divided into three galleries, with over 200 objects on display. Guests will find artifacts from Audubon’s Kentucky years, a complete set of his masterwork, The Birds of America, and many other original works of art on display here.

Nature Center

Those with a love of nature will want to make sure they take the time to explore the John James Audubon State Park Nature Center. The Nature Center, housed in the same building as the John James Audubon Museum, rests on the edge of the park’s beautiful nature preserve. The Nature Center invites you to explore the wildlife observation room, the Audubon Theater, and the Discovery & Learning Center. Staff engage guests in environmental and art education programs designed to increase their knowledge of the natural world around them. The art gallery in the downstairs Meeting Room often displays the work of local artists. Additionally, several hiking trails begin/end near the Nature Center.

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