Profile of Iroquois Park in Louisville

Iroquois Amphitheater
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First planned as a "scenic reservation" by Frederick Law Olmstead, Iroquois Park in Louisville is known for its panoramic views, its large open-air amphitheater, and its golf course. There is automobile access to overlook views via Uppill Road during certain times of the year, but foot and bicycle access to the top of Iroquois Park is accessible year-round, making this particular park attractive to hikers, runners, and snow-going adventurers even in colder calendar months. The park is spawning at 739-acres and offers various amenities that provide diversified outdoor recreation.

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Location:

Iroquois Park
5214 New Cut Road
Louisville, KY 40214
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Overlook Access Hours:

While pedestrians and bicyclists are able to access the overlook paths and roads year-round, automobiles are only able to access the roadways to the top of Iroquois Park hill from April 1st to October 28th of each year. Even during its open season, cars are only allowed on the Iroquois Park roadways from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Popular Park Features:

  • Iroquois Ampitheater
  • Iroquois Golf Course
  • Overlook View of Louisville
  • Frisbee Golf Course
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hiking, Biking, and Walking Trails and Roadways

Other Features:

  • Archery Range
  • Basketball Courts
  • Picnic Shelters, Tables, and Grills
  • Playgrounds and Water-Play Areas
  • Tennis Courts

Interested in learning more? 

Read The Origins of Louisville’s Olmsted Parks & Parkways, a comprehensive history of Louisville's park system. Find it at one of the Carmichael's Bookstores around town.

You can read The Origins of Louisville’s Olmsted Parks & Parkways straight through, though the temptation to flip to each section that calls out your neighborhood, interest or background is fierce. Admittedly, I found the urge too strong to resist. And although each section is presented in chronological order, history has a way of folding in on itself. A reader can peruse the chapter on baseball clubs in 1874, then flip back to estates and pleasure gardens of the 1850s, taking in quotes from papers of the day and historical facts along the way.

In fact, the coffee table design of the hardback lends itself to being picked up for attention-grabbing bits of Louisville lore whenever the mood strikes.

Samuel W. Thomas, Ph.D., a researcher, lecturer, author and expert on Louisville, wrote The Origins of Louisville’s Olmsted Parks & Parkways. With over 40 years of research on the subject, along with having served as the first director of Historic Locust Grove, a Jefferson County Archivist and head of The Courier-Journal & Times book publishing department, it is difficult to imagine anyone else with the same breadth of knowledge.