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Frederick Law Olmsted believed parks would educate and civilize citizens, that they would provide physical and spiritual blessings to people from tenements and sweatships as well as those from expensive mansions. He believed all people would meet and mingle in parks, thus overcoming the barriers of class and wealth. He believed in the power of parks to elevate humankind.
At the heart of the park is an old-growth forest that blankets the knob’s steep hillsides with a great variety of rare plants and animals. The circulation through the park includes a network of pedestrian paths, bridle trails, and circuit drives. The lands were set aside as a preserve and developed for access and enjoyment with the forests remaining essentially intact.
Located at: 5216 New Cut Rd., 40214 (Taylor Boulevard and Southern Parkway)
Overlook Access: The road to the top of the park may be used by pedestrians and cyclists daily throughout the year. It’s open to motorists from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from April through October.
Size: 725.85 acres
1080 Amphitheater Rd.
Iroquois Golf Course
1501 Rundill Road, 40214
Biking – Road
Bikeway and walking paths
Disc golf course
Fishing lake (catch/release only; currently closed for EPA restoration project)
Horse riding trails
Playground/splash play area, handicapped accessible
Walking Paths (1.6 miles and 3.2 miles)