For my weekend hike, I decided to give a favorite Louisville location a shot - Iroquois Park. It’s a huge park and trails run wild all the way from the bottom to the top of Iroquois hill, leaving a huge region to be explored. Before the hike I wanted to be sure to check out the top of the hill, and I’m glad I did - it’s a pretty place to visit if you haven’t.
Not only is the top of Iroquois hill a pretty place to reflect on nature, but the vast majority of the action is down near the bottom of the park. Families congregate near the playgrounds and picnic areas, leaving the top of the hill quiet and sparsely populated. There are a few scenic overlooks as well, and despite the fact that they’re a bit overgrown it’s still neat to get a look at the city from one of the highest spots in town.
The trails stretch for miles - I have no idea how far the go, as most of them wrap around the hill in the convoluted way that trails flow. I parked near the amphitheater and set off into the woods with my girlfriend and my dog, and we didn’t hike nearly far enough to get an idea of the whole trail network. They portion we walked intertwined with the disc golf course, and was also populated be a few horses (which my dog fell in love with and insisted we followed!) and fellow hikers. There were some serious patches of poison ivy, and a disappointing lack of signage pointing to any particular trails or loops.
The lack of labeling was a bit disappointing - the only trail we saw that was named was closed, and the rest seemed to just snake their way through the park. The map we printed from the park service also seemed a bit off - we entered the trail at what was clearly an entrance point, but which wasn’t marked in the appropriate place at all. Coupled with the fact that the trails never seemed to stray too far from the road, and it was a somewhat disappointing experience.
I had hoped that finding another nearby trail network (aside from Cherokee Park) would be easy, but I wasn’t exactly right. While Iroquois Park wasn’t a bad hike, I could have done with a better map and a little less poison ivy. All in all, a good place to go if you can’t get out of town for a day.
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