John James Audubon State Park

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John James Audubon State Park

Kentucky

(270) 826-2247

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Overview

Along the banks of the Ohio River just north of Henderson, KY, John James Audubon State Park houses the world's largest collection of Audubon's art and offers exhibits on the artist's life.

Here, nearly two centuries ago, John James Audubon, renowned naturalist and artist, came with his family to operate a small mercantile business and to explore the surrounding wilderness in search of wild birds to study and sketch.

Map of John James Audubon (KY)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.881284, -87.563774

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Activities

  • Boating

    Enjoy a day on the lake with either a two or four-seat pedal boats. Pedal boat rental available daily Memorial Day-Labor Day. Open most weekends in September.

  • Bird Watching

    In winter the park plays host to seven woodpecker species, waterfowl, sparrows, and mixed flocks. Occasionally buteos, accipiters, and owls can be seen or heard. During spring, summer, and fall, warblers and other neotropical migrants can be seen. Audubon State Park co-hosts the Ohio Valley Birding Festival and is perfect for all bird watching and activity levels. From late winter through summer, don't miss the Bald Eagles and Great Blue Heron raising their young north of the park on Stratman Road. Wilderness Lake Trail is an excellent trail for woodpeckers, warblers and waterfowl. The Recreation Lake shoreline provides desirable edge space for fishing species like Great Blue Heron, Green Heron and Belted Kingfishers. Throughout the park, you may see numerous bluebird nest boxes. These are perfect photo opportunities for Eastern Bluebirds, Carolina Wrens, Carolina Chickadees, and occasionally Tree Swallows and Prothonotary Warblers. During the spring and summer, these nesting boxes are hotspots for viewing courtship and nesting activities.

  • Camping

    Surround yourself with unspoiled, natural beauty in the 69-site campground. A central service building has showers and rest rooms. Picnic tables, grills and a playground are also available in the camping area. Pets are allowed if restrained. The campground will close for the season on November 30th, 2009.

  • Fishing

    Cast away your cares at Audubon. The fishermen in your family can cast for largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish from the banks of the 28-acre lake.

  • Golfing

    Fore! On the nine-hole golf course you can enjoy beautiful scenery as well as a challenging game. A pro shop with rental clubs, riding carts, and pull carts, caters to the golfer's every need. Open year round, weather permitting

  • Hiking

    Whether you're out for a leisurely stroll or really want to work up a sweat, you're sure to find the 6.5 miles of trails at Audubon State Park to your liking. Trails wind through the nature preserve with variations in difficulty and length, including 2.7 miles of back-country hiking. The Eagle Glen Pet Trail is a one-mile trail where dogs on leashes are allowed with their owners.

  • Historic Sites

    The museum interprets Audubon's life through his art and personal memorabilia, framed within a timeline of world events. Enjoy year-round, interpretive programs under the direction of a full-time naturalist and museum educator. Closed Mon - Wed, Jan 1 - Mar 15

  • Picnicking

    Four picnic shelters (one with restrooms), offer tables, grills and a playground for the perfect family outing. Shelters may be reserved up to one year in advance.

  • RVing

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Tennis

    You will "love" the game "advantage" of a tennis court at Audubon. The outdoor court is open March-October.

Directions

Driving

The park is located on US 41 in the northern outskirts of Henderson, half a mile south of the US 41 bridge over the Ohio River.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(270) 826-2247

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