Nestled within the south side of Louisville, Kentucky, is the neighborhood of Kenwood Hill. The neighborhood extends to Kenwood Drive on the north, Palatka Road on the south, New Cut Road on the west, and Southside Drive and Alvina Way on the east. Kenwood Hill is in the 40214 zip code area, within Jefferson County. Communities near Kenwood Hill include Iroquois, Southland Park, and Auburndale.
The name “Kenwood Hill” refers to a distinctive hill (formerly known as Sunshine Hill and Cox’s Knob) that Native Americans used to look for buffalo. The neighborhood became known as Kenwood Hill when it was purchased by a development company in 1890. More affluent residents of Louisville built summer homes in this area, but the first subdivision wasn’t developed until the early 1940s. Interestingly, Kenwood Hill was once home to Mildred and Patty Hill; most won’t recognize the names of this composing duo, but you have likely sung their work – the “Happy Birthday” song – on more than one occasion. Today, the Kenwood Hill community remains largely residential.
One of the most significant attractions near Kenwood Hill is Iroquois Park, which shares the neighborhood’s western boundary and is easily within walking distance. This scenic park spans more than 725 acres and offers a long list of amenities and facilities. Kenwood Hill residents come here to tee off at the Iroquois Golf Course or take in a concert at the Iroquois Amphitheater – an open-air facility that seats more than 2,400 people. Other amenities offered here include playgrounds, walking/biking trails, picnic areas with grills and shelters, disc golf course, basketball courts, and archery range, among many others.
Another significant feature of the Kenwood Hill neighborhood is its proximity to the Louisville International Airport, which is situated within a few miles northeast of the community.