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Although captivated throughout his career by large, rural parks, during his later years Frederick Law Olmsted became intrigued by the social possibilities created by small urban spaces. Small neighborhood parks, playgrounds and squares might provide opportunities for respite from the congestion and noise of urban life.
It is characterized by long winding roads opening to beautiful vistas, and large open spaces set in the valley of Beargrass Creek. The gently rolling slopes extending uphill from the creek were shaped from pasture lands to contain individual shade trees and tree groves. Woodland areas were incorporated into the design and edge plantings were added to soften the transition from open space to woodland.
Cherokee Park’s main feature is the 2.4-mile Scenic Loop, with separate lanes for vehicle traffic (one-way) and recreational users. One of the original parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the park provides a pastoral setting amid rolling hills, open meadows and woodlands of the Beargrass Creek valley.
For vehicles on the Scenic Loop (or recreational users moving in the direction of vehicle traffic), the secret to navigating the park is to keep turning left to stay in the park, or keep turning right to leave the park.
Located at: 745 Cochran Hill Rd., 40206 (Willow Avenue and Cherokee Parkway)
Size: 389.13 acres
Cherokee Golf Course (9-hole)
2501 Alexander Road, 40204
Biking – Road
Dog Run (fenced off-leash area)
Hiking Trails–7 miles of natural trails
Horseshoe pit (2)
Mountain Biking Trails–5 miles of trails
Nettleroth Bird Sanctuary
Picnic Shelters (2)
Scenic Loop (2.4-mile multi-use path)
Soccer Field (1)
Walking Path (3)
We are please to bring you a Parkcast audio tour of Cherokee Park. The MP3 compatible tour is easy to download and will provide exciting information about Frederick Law Olmsted, park history, environmental impacts to the park and more.
There are three ways to download the Parkcast.
Download (iTunes must be installed. This will automatically add the first Parkcast file to your Podcast playlist. You must select “Get All” within iTunes to download the remaining 15 files.)
Download (13 MB)