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Dedicated Feb. 17, 1982, Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve is a 41-acre second growth woodland in Jefferson County. Located in close proximity to Joe Creason Park  and the Louisville Zoological Gardens, this urban green space is a popular birding area and offers passive recreation and nature education in the midst of downtown Louisville. The preserve is co-managed with the Louisville Nature Center and is also a Watchable Wildlife Site

  • Features - wooded tract in urban Louisville, diversity of migrant birds
  • Hiking - one mile of easy trails on ridgetop and bottomland
  • Facilities - nature center and restrooms
  • Parking - abundant
  • Activities - birding, hiking, nature study, etc.


Upcoming Events:

 To see a full listing of events visit Please contact the Louisville Nature Center by calling 502-458-1328 or via e-mail to register or for more information.


Jefferson County. From the Watterson Expressway (I-264), take Exit 14 to Poplar Level Road North. Take Poplar Level Road to Trevilian Way (1.0 mile). Turn Right on to Trevilian Way and go 0.2 mile to Illinois Avenue. Turn Left on to Illinois Avenue. Take Illinois Avenue to the LNC parking lot on your right (0.2 mile)

Access Type: Open to Public
County: Jefferson
Region: Bluegrass Region
Size: 41
Owner: Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves
  • ​Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves
  • Louisville Nature Center
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Lat: 38.209225
Long: -85.710854
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