Iroquois Park


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Fred's Facts

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.

Acquired in 1888 and noted by early park users as Louisville’s own “Yellowstone”, the Olmsted designs take advantage of the rugged terrain and the drama of the mature woodlands and scenic overlooks.

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.

Park Details

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

Iroquois Amphitheater
1080 Amphitheater Rd.

Iroquois Golf Course
1501 Rundill Road, 40214

Archery range
Basketball (2)
Biking – Road
Bikeway and walking paths
Disc golf course
Fishing lake (catch/release only; currently closed for EPA restoration project)
Hiking trails
Horse riding trails
Horseshoe pits
Picnic shelters
Picnic tables
Playground/splash play area, handicapped accessible
Scenic overlooks
Tennis (4)
Walking Paths (1.6 miles and 3.2 miles)

Park Maps

Street map
Park Map

Master Plan

Iroquois Master Plan