Welcome to E. P. Tom Sawyer State Park, one of 52 Kentucky State Parks. E. P. Tom Sawyer State Park is named for Erbon Powers Tom Sawyer. He was born in Metcalfe County, Kentucky on November 18, 1915. He spent his life serving the public. He was a Naval Officer in World War II; a University of Louisville Law School graduate; and Jefferson County Judge Executive. He died tragically in an automobile accident on September 23, 1969. He is survived by his two daughters, Linda and Diane (anchor for ABCs flagship broadcast World News), and his wife, Jean. E. P. Tom Sawyer State Park was once a farm worked by the former, much larger Central State Hospital. Many remnants, such as barns and cemeteries, still remain on park property. Governor Louie B. Nunn dedicated the park in the fall of 1971. By May of 1975, the park recreation building and pool were officially opened with the assistance of matching funds from a Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant. E. P. Tom Sawyer State Park is a continually evolving facility. Over the years, the parks Foundation Board, with the help of a Bingham Family Fund grant, has planted and cared for hundreds of trees. This project transformed the once barren fields into what we see today. The population in Eastern Jefferson County has boomed in recent years, and thousands of people enjoy the facilities, programs, and beauty of nature here every day. E. P. Tom Sawyer State Park is part of one of the nations finest state park systems. We welcome you to explore our Unbridled Spirit.
Besides the main trail, there are a lot of little deer path trails that wind and twist into this park. Plenty of questionable turns to make but always fun to free the maze. Cave is cool, and at dusk, the deer are plenty.
Nicer than I expected, though a little more crowded than I'd really like. There are some unmarked junctions than can make it easy to get turned around, but you're in a suburban area so there's no real danger of getting hopelessly lost. Nice Sunday afternoon walk for me and the dogs.
Nice small trai; good quick get-a-way. If starting from the Hurstbourne Trail head, there's 2 places about half way where the path becomes part of a light graveled road and it's not clear which way to turn? Turn left on both. Like a NASCAR race track, always turn left. :)