Cherokee Park

Designed in 1891 by Olmsted to be a place where one could experience scenery and take in the refreshment offered by the landscape.

It is characterized by long winding roads opening to beautiful vistas, and large open spaces set in the valley of Beargrass Creek. The gently rolling slopes extending uphill from the creek were shaped from pasture lands to contain individual shade trees and tree groves. Woodland areas were incorporated into the design and edge plantings were added to soften the transition from open space to woodland.

Cherokee Park’s main feature is the 2.4-mile Scenic Loop, with separate lanes for vehicle traffic (one-way) and recreational users. One of the original parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the park provides a pastoral setting amid rolling hills, open meadows and woodlands of the Beargrass Creek valley.

For vehicles on the Scenic Loop (or recreational users moving in the direction of vehicle traffic), the secret to navigating the park is to keep turning left to stay in the park, or keep turning right to leave the park.

Key Features & Amenities

  • Archery
  • Ballfield
  • Basketball
  • Biking - Mountain
  • Biking - Road
  • Dog Run
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Grill
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historical Property
  • Horse Riding Trails
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Multi-purpose Field
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Table
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Running
  • Sledding
  • Sprayground
  • Tennis
  • Walking
  • Wedding/Reception Site
Fred Facts
The 1974 tornado destroyed eighty percent of Cherokee Park’s hardwood trees, and galvanized new support for restoring the parks.

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