Louisville’s Iroquois Park grew from a vision of forested hillsides, exhilarating views of open spaces and native plants transformed into a recreational paradise for Louisvillians. The visionary was Frederick Law Olmstead, known as the Father of American Landscape Architecture. More than 100 years later, it stands as testament to his genius.
Iroquois Park, just four miles south of downtown Louisville, boasts an amphitheater, which accommodates 2,407 people, a golf course, tennis and basketball courts, and a state-of-the-art playground. Many other recreational opportunities exist for the entire family.
Spectacular doesn’t begin to describe this 10,000-year-old forest. The spring forest displays flowering redbuds and dogwoods. Summer trees shade visitors with rich, green canopies. Yellows, golds, oranges and reds liven up the fall. In the still winter forest, sparkling white snow covers the trees and ground. The many Northern Cardinals, Kentucky’s state bird, perch on silvery branches decked-out in cloaks of red-velvet and black-velvet top-hats.
A drive on the one mile winding, Uphill Road ends at the scenic summit. A stunning view of downtown Louisville is visible from this highest point in the city. For walkers 2.5 miles of unpaved trails wind through the forest up to the summit.
The southern area of Louisville is home to Iroquois Park. An exit off the Watterson Expressway (I-264) at Taylor Boulevard South leads to the park entrance.
In the beginning, Louisvillians described this garden of Eden as Louisville’s Yellowstone. Visitors to the park are indebted to Frederick Law Olmsted. The renaissance man’s philosophy of preserving America’s forests and landscapes for everyone to enjoy continues on today and tomorrow.