McConnell Springs and a few other local (and some far, when I had the time to drive+explore) parks, trails and other nature sanctuaries have helped me stay sane after moving from the county of small town Kentucky to middle of suburbia in Lexington. If you are in the area, McConnell Springs is awesome for little kids. Forms with details on scavenger hunt are kept up front. It helped keep my friend's kids engaged. Perfect if you don't have a ton of time and just need to see some trees.

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2 months ago

Boasting one of Central Kentucky only public access "Blue Holes", this short and sweet preserve is in b the heart of downtown Lexington, Ky, and is easily wheelchair and impaired accessible with exception of small segments. It has one of the nicest hands on nature centers with live critters indoors that my family has ever been to. Can be a quick trip, or you could spend a couple hours with small children there. Really enjoyed it with 4 small children.

2 months ago

a nice, easy, short walk in the woods very nice facility and close to Lexington

The trails are rather short, but the springs and history more than make up for lack of long distance hiking. Very nice signage, visitors center, and though short, the trails are beautiful. Well worth a visit!

I love these trails , it's Soo peaceful

I love these trails , it's so peaceful

6 months ago

Nice little park for all ages nestled in downtown Lexington. I will definitely be taking my 2 yr old grandson.

very nice

Great little park in city limits with a couple Bur Oaks, birding opportunities and well-maintained trails.


I have been on this trail twice and had two different experiences. The first time was right after a heavy rain, so the spring water wasn't the clear blue color that it was the second time I went. I love how close to the city it is. Learning about the aquifers before hitting the trail makes it a tad more interesting.

Not a hike at all - more like a walking trail. Suitable for family of all ages. I would go back - but not like Natural Bridge by any means - but if your looking for an easy relaxing walk - nice place. Nice nature center there for the kids, and picnic area. If your looking for an all day outing with some challenging hiking - this isn't the place. If your looking for a relaxing walk in nature close to town and not have to travel far - this maybe the place.

nice little trail in metropolitan Lexington. sinkholes are unique

Saturday, October 08, 2016

beautiful trail, we'll maintained. definitely kid friendly just look out for posing ivy

Monday, October 03, 2016

Great trail

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Such a nice surprise to find in Lexington. I wouldn't really call the blue hole a lame though.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fun simple walk/hike and so close to home! Saw lots of critters. Will be beautiful in the fall. Best kept secret in Lexington!

Monday, July 11, 2016

It would be nice if dogs were allowed since it's so close to home. Clean and quiet while still being in a city. Once you're inside the trail, you can't even tell you're actually still in Lexington. Super easy, saw a lot of children enjoying time with their families

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Pretty neat little trail. Its great for the kids, especially if you have little ones in a stroller and you can't take them on more advanced trails.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

An island of nature in the midst of the city. McConnell Springs in a very nice find, a place to get away from the city without even leaving. The trails are a mixture of paved and hard pack with mulch. The main attractions are accessible by wheel chair (Blue Hole and McConnell Springs). There are a couple of neat features about this site, including it's historical significance to Lexington, and Geological layout. Great education center on site with exhibits, as well as historical displays on the exterior of early cabin types.

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