Yellow Creek Park

in Owensboro Ky








Summer Hours:
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
(April 1st through October 30th)

Winter Hours:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
To make shelter, ball diamond,
or program reservations please call 685-6142.



Nestled along the wooded banks of Yellow Creek at Thruston, Kentucky. Yellow Creek Park provides a picturesque multi-faceted 119 1/2 acres of recreational and leisure challenges. The acreage features hiking trails, multi-purpose sports areas, a one room refurbished African American school house. As well as a look-out tower, a swinging bridge, outdoor pavilions with playground equipment, restrooms and an area: of historic artifacts as depicted in our picnic tables and rustic seating. These tables are made of huge Limestone blocks that were quarried long before the Civil War.

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Directions: Map to Yellow Creek Park
Trail Map: Map of Yellow Creek Trails

See Also:
  • Ben Hawes State Park

  • Panther Creek Park

  • Yellow Creek Website

  • Mosquito Prevention


  • Habitat and trail info: The park also boasts two reconstructed covered bridges over Yellow Creek, a restored iron bridge circa 1800's that once spanned Panther Creek. This bridge serves as an elegant entrance to a 51 1/2 acre nature explorer's dream. Either with a friend or by yourself for a quiet moment, the sights and sounds of nature surround you. Our winding trails are color coded and take you through an upland forest of oak, hickory, scotch pine, and red maple. Vines such as Virginia Creeper and Bitter Sweet grow in profusion. The cascading waterfall makes this park appealing to photographers, and the romancing freshwater lake, despite its small size, is home to a surprising variety of plants and animals.

    Wildlife Viewing Opportunities: Bird watching and identification, walks, astronomy, wildlife programs, or learning about butterflies, bees, or frogs, all help you appreciate the great out-of-doors.

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