John James Audubon State Park is a state park located in Henderson, Kentucky. The park was named after the American naturalist John James Audubon and dedicated on April 13, 1940. It is one of two nature preserves in the city, along with Breaks Interstate Park.The park contains an exhibit featuring local wildlife as well as a museum with interactive displays about the life and times of famed ornithologist John James Audubon (1810-1903).
Located within the park are three separate trails for hiking, including the Audubon Trail which runs 3/4 of a mile through forest and prairie. There are also over 40 miles (64km) of mountain bike trails, 10 miles (16km) of equestrian trails, and 6 miles (9.7km) of trail for horseback riding available. A new facility called “Hawk Ridge Campground” opened at the park in 2016; it has 50 sites, modern restrooms, hot showers, and water hookups. The campground opens mid-April through mid-October.
To help fund a backlog of deferred maintenance and park improvements, the state implemented an entrance fee for this park. The fees, charged per vehicle, start at $12 per day for a single-day or $8 for residents with an KY license plate or Oklahoma plate. Fees are waived for honorably discharged veterans and Oklahoma residents age 62 & older and their spouses. Passes good for three days or a week are also available; annual passes good at all 22 state parks charging fees are offered at a cost of $75 for out-of-state visitors or $60 for Oklahoma residents.
- mountain biking
- picnicking facilities