Free Walking Tours

Iroquois Park Walking Tours

Join Park Steward and Certified Tour Guide Denise Davis on a series of three walking tours in Iroquois Park – once described as Louisville’s “Yellowstone” offered through the month of July. Tours in Iroquois Park run on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 – 11:30.

Come to all three for a better glimpse into this park’s rich and layered history, where you’ll immerse yourself in the landscape while learning about everything from the illegal purchase of the “Burnt Knob” by Mayor Jacob, to the role the park played in segregation and re-integration of the park system, and finally enjoy park’s unparalleled view of the city from the North Overlook that has inspired artists for over a century.

Each tour is free to the public and lasts 90 minutes. Click on one of the links below to learn more and reserve your spot on Eventbrite.

🕤: Wednesday, 7/3 & Saturday, 7/6 | 9:30 AM

📍 Meeting Location: Southern Scenic Overlook

On this tour, guests will learn about Mayor Jacob’s original (and illegal) purchase of “Burnt Knob” for the city, Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision and design for Louisville’s own “Yellowstone,” and the geological reality that has always affected the experience of our wondrous park. We will begin at the Southern Scenic Overlook, explore the southern part of the loop atop the knob, with a brief venturing into Summit Field.

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🕤: Wednesday, 7/10 & Saturday, 7/13 | 9:30 AM

📍 Meeting location: Play-All Playground (near Amphitheater)

Constructed in the 19th century, Iroquois Park experienced many changes as Louisville and its people entered and progressed through the 20th century. It is here that the incident which unfortunately led to our parks being officially segregated for over thirty years took place. It’s also here that, decades later, the first all-accessible playground was built in our city. Come hear about and see the physical and social changes present in this beautiful park’s history.

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🕤: Wednesday, 7/17 & Saturday, 7/20 | 9:30 AM

📍Meeting Location: Northern Overlook

On this tour, enter into a landscape that has inspired artists. Explore areas around the recently-renovated Northern Overlook, discuss the powerful draw of nature and its effects on us and the environment, and learn what it takes to restore, enhance and forever protect such magnificence in our midst.

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Shelby Park Walking Tour

🕤: Wednesday, 7/24 & Saturday, 7/27 | 9:30 AM

📍 Meeting Location: In front of Carnegie Library

Designed by the Olmsted Firm in 1907, this historic 16-acre neighborhood park was at one time one of the busiest and most popular parks in Louisville. You’ll learn interesting details about the Carnegie library, three different swimming pools and a prize-winning toy orchestra, and much more. (Did you know the first public use of a phonograph in Louisville was at Shelby Park?

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Fred Facts
The 1974 tornado destroyed eighty percent of Cherokee Park’s hardwood trees and galvanized new support for restoring the parks.

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