Named after internationally-recognized wildlife artist and naturalist John James Audubon, this much-loved state park is a favorite destination for visitors from all over Kentucky and even further afield. Located in Henderson, John James Audubon State Park offers a scenic campground, hiking trails, nature center, museum and a huge range of outdoor activities to enjoy.
The most interesting feature of the park for many visitors is the museum dedicated to the lives and work of John James Audubon and his family. It features three galleries and more than 200 objects on display, but an admission fee applies.
The museum building also houses the Audubon State Park Nature Center, which features a wildlife observation room, the Audubon Theater, and the Discovery & Learning Center where educational programs are conducted. Admission to this attraction is free.
If you'd rather spend time in the great outdoors, John James Audubon State Park boasts a golf course, fishing spots, tennis courts, bird watching opportunities and paddle boat rentals.
There are several hiking trails on offer, providing more than six miles of track, but only one of those trails is open to pets. This pet-friendly track is known as the Eagle Glen Pet Trail, and it allows your leashed pet to join you on a 0.9-mile hike through wooded hills.
Throughout the park, you'll need to keep your pet on a leash and under your control at all times. Making sure to clean up after your pet and prevent them from becoming a nuisance to other campers is also essential.
Speaking of camping, pets are welcome on the more than 80 campsites available in the park. The campground is open from April 1 to November 12, but please note that it is closed during 2018 for construction work.
John James Audubon State Park combines historical and cultural attractions with unspoilt natural beauty, making it well worth a visit for any dog lover.