McConnell Springs Trail

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McConnell Springs Trail is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lexington, Kentucky that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
19 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

A visit to McConnell Springs today exposes the visitor to a seemingly natural landscape, with springs bubbling to the surface and the dense tree canopy; a closer look reveals remnants of stone fence and foundations that hint at the cultural past of the place. Come travel through time and learn what McConnell Springs has been and how it came to be what it is today.

15 days ago

Very nice and easy trail good for kids. it has nice features to exlplore

18 days ago

Semi-tame deer are often found in the area.

walking
30 days ago

It’s a nice, paved walking path with plenty of trees and natural sounds. If you live in the Lexington area and are in need of a quick escape from all of its bustle, this place is a perfect fit. It’s also very child friendly. My kids loved the turtle ponds!

hiking
2 months ago

Small loop. Well maintained. Perfect for small children.

hiking
4 months ago

Short and easy walk. A little muddy the day that we went, but still a cool little spot. We got to see some deer hanging out nearby, which was cool. I’m excited to go back again when the weather is nicer!

walking
4 months ago

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.

nature trips
7 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.

walking
7 months ago

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

10 months ago

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!

10 months ago

I love these trails , it's Soo peaceful

10 months ago

I love these trails , it's so peaceful

walking
11 months ago

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

Saturday, July 01, 2017

very nice

Sunday, June 04, 2017

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

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Beautiful!!

walking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

nice little trail in metropolitan Lexington. sinkholes are unique

hiking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

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

Monday, October 03, 2016

Great trail

walking
Thursday, September 22, 2016

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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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