John James Audubon State Park

in Henderson Ky

  • This state park in Henderson is the site of the largest art collection of internationally known wildlife artist, John James Audubon. Many other nature-related artworks are periodically on display at the museum. John James Audubon, the first artist or ornithologist to depict life-size birds and animals in their natural surroundings, lived in Henderson for several years. He valued Henderson because of its position on the Mississippi flyway, a bird migration route. The park preserves the peaceful woods where the famed naturalist walked as he observed the subjects of his paintings.

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    Directions: Map to John James Audubon State Park
    Trail Map: Map of Audubon Hiking Trails
    Trail Map: Three Mile Backcountry Loop
    Trail Map: Park Map

    See Also:
  • Audubon Park Home Page

  • Henderson, Ky Website


  • Downtown Henderson Project

  • Habitat and trail info: There are 7 miles of walking trails made up of upland and bottomland hardwood forests and lakes. The trails vary in difficulty and length.

    Wildlife Viewing Opportunities: The hiking trails provide a perfect opportunity to observe over 20 species of warblers that settle at Audubon in the springtime. Belted kingfisher, green heron, woodpeckers, prothonotary warbler and many other waterfowl may also be observed.

    Audubon State Park Monarch butterfly tagging
    Sloughs Wildlife Management Area

    During mid-September, monarch butterflies are passing through this area on their journey south in search of warmer weather and more favorable wintering grounds. At the end of their journey they'll congregate almost exclusively on 12 mountain peaks located just west of Mexico City, Mexico. There, nearly all of the living North American monarch butterflies come together for a breathtaking spectacle as the Mexican trees and shrubs literally drip with these colorful creatures. Although monarchs migrate every year, there is still so much we still don?t know about these magnificent insects. Monarch Watch, an educational outreach organization, developed the tagging stickers to track the monarch's journey progression and to answer some of the mysteries surrounding these unique butterflies. The sticker tags, placed on a monarch?s hindwing, each have a unique identification number, a reporting e-mail address and phone number so that tagged butterflies can be reported as recovered.

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