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Louisville – Cherokee/Seneca Park

Listed on the national historic register, Cherokee and Seneca Parks are located in the heart of the city and serve as the center piece of outdoor activity for the metro area.  Louisville along with Boston, New York and Milwaukee are the only cities in the U.S. that house complete park systems designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture.

Cherokee Park’s trail sections are separated by short road segments but can all be linked together to form a loop. Trails in Cherokee are best suited to intermediate level riders as there are some technical sections due to the combination narrow tread width, roots, rocks and short steep climbs.  These trails are great for training and improving your bike skills, it’s been said if you can ride Cherokee you can ride just about anywhere.

The Wilderness Loop at Seneca is 2.2 miles with some very technical sections and short but steep climbs. After a lap at Wilderness most trail users will also take the opportunity to hit the golf course loop before moving on to Cherokee Park which can make for a solid 10 mile loop, not bad for a park located in the center of metro Louisville!

Common starting points are the Wilderness Loop, Big Rock, Frisbee Field, and Hogan’s Fountain.  There are restrooms and water available at Hogan’s Fountain, water at Frisbee Field, see map below.

Kymba currently has a standing trail work day on the first Saturday of every month, please check our event calendar or the meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/Louisville-Mountainbikers/ for more information on time and location.

Trails are heavily used by hikers, runners, cyclists, and families all year long so as always, please remember to practice good trail etiquette when you encounter folks on this trail system we have the privilege to ride.

For more information on Olmsted Parks including how to volunteer directly with them please visit http://www.olmstedparks.org/

Directions: Enter Starting Address

Click the map for a larger, printable version
or view the interactive map at kybiketrails

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