Kentucky State Park: John James Audubon

3100 U.S. Hwy. 41N, Henderson, Kentucky This is a relatively small park of some 800 acres, but it contains a

John James Audubon State Park, Kentucky
The park’s Museum and Nature Center offers nature and art programs for school children and other groups throughout the year.

3100 U.S. Hwy. 41N, Henderson, Kentucky

This is a relatively small park of some 800 acres, but it contains a full range of camping and cottage facilities, a nine-hole golf course, several miles of hiking trails, a 325-acre nature preserve, and a lake with a boat-launching area. In addition, it is situated on one of the main migratory flyways and offers fine opportunities for observing many species of birds, especially the warblers that stop off here in the spring and fall.

The showpiece of the park is the John James Audubon Museum and Nature Center. The great painter of wildlife made his home in this area of Kentucky during the early 19th century, and it was here that he did much of the work from which his world-famous prints were made. The museum’s superb collection of original Audubon paintings, prints, and memorabilia is remarkably comprehensive. It includes not only the familiar pictures of birds and animals but also family portraits.

The building itself, financed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), was completed in 1938. The masonry structure, with its steep roofs and tower, suggests a French château. The Nature Center has a wildlife observatory and conducts environmental and art programs.

Park and museum open year-round except major holidays and Christmas week. Admission charged for museum.

www.parks.ky.gov

(270) 826-2247; Museum: (270) 827-1893

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest