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Sports & Outdoor Activities

Louisville Metro has 122 city parks covering more than 13,000 acres (53 km2). The Louisville Waterfront Park is prominently located on the banks of the Ohio River near downtown and features large open areas, which often hold free concerts and other festivals. The Big Four Bridge, a former railroad bridge spanning 547 feet (167 m) but is now a pedestrian bridge connecting Waterfront Park with Jeffersonville, Indiana's waterfront park, fully opened in May 2014 with the completion of Jeffersonville's ramp. Cherokee Park, one of the most visited parks in the nation, features a 2.6-mile (4.2 km) mixed-use loop and many well-known landscaping and architectural features including the Hogan's Fountain Pavilion. Other notable parks in the system include Iroquois Park, Shawnee Park, Seneca Park and Central Park.

Further from the downtown area is the Jefferson Memorial Forest, which at 6,218 acres (25.16 km2) is the largest municipal urban forest in the United States. The forest is designated as a National Audubon Society wildlife refuge and offers over 30 miles (48 km) of various hiking trails.

College sports are popular in the Louisville area. The Louisville Cardinals have competed as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), since joining that league in July 2014. College basketball is particularly popular. The Louisville Cardinals's Freedom Hall averaged sellouts for 10 straight years and the downtown KFC Yum! Center following suit with regular sellouts. The Louisville Cardinals football team—which had produced successful NFL. The University of Louisville baseball team advanced to the College World Series in Omaha in 2007, 2013, and 2014, as one of the final eight teams to compete for the national championship.

Louisville is also the home of Valhalla Golf Club which hosted the 1996, 2000 and 2014 PGA Championships, the 2004 Senior PGA Championship and the 2008 Ryder Cup. It is also home to David Armstrong Extreme Park (formerly Louisville Extreme Park), which skateboarder Tony Hawk has called one of his top five skate parks.

Louisville has the added distinction of being the only city in the world that is the birthplace of four heavyweight boxing champions: Marvin Hart, Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Ellis and Greg Page.

A section of the Louisville Loop bike and pedestrian trail - Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area is another large park in nearby Brandenburg, Kentucky. The park's namesake, Otter Creek, winds along the eastern side of the park. The park is a popular mountain biking destination, with trails maintained by a local mountain bike organization.

Louisville Sports & Outdoor Activities

Big Four Bridge

The Big Four Bridge is a six-span former railroad truss bridge that crosses the Ohio River, connecting Louisville, Kentucky, and Jeffersonville, Indiana. It was completed in 1895, and updated in 1929. The largest single span is 547 feet (167 m), with the entire bridge spanning 2,525 feet (770 m). It took its name from the defunct Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway, which was nicknamed the "Big Four Railroad". It is now a converted pedestrian and bicycle bridge from Louisville into Jeffersonville, Indiana. Access to the Big Four Bridge is limited to pedestrian and bicycle use. A pedestrian ramp on the Kentucky side was opened in 2013. In 2014, the Louisville and Jeffersonville ramps were opened for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Cardinal Stadium

The Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at the University of Louisville solidified its reputation as a premier college football facility and extrordinary community asset.  The dramatic expansion increases the stadium capacity to 55,000 seats and provides exciting, state of the art features for fans of every type. New premium seating includes the PNC Club and loge area with capacity of 1750.  Three bars service the luxury club space, accessed easily from the seating, and the loge offers an expansive view of the football field from inside comfort.  The addition also provides 33 new luxury suites with stairways and a balcony overlooking the PNC Club.  Suites and the PNC Club are serviced by five elevators. These new features join the other amenities that garnered a reputation for Papa John's Cardinal Stadium as an outstanding venue since its opening in 1998.  The Brown and Williamson Club provides a flexible upscale space for private and community gatherings of all types from wedding receptions to trade shows and expos.  Along with the 29 original luxury suites and all-chairback seating, the original stadium encompasses 1800 premium club seats.  Papa John's Cardinal Stadium sets the standard for fan friendly university athletic facilities.

David Armstrong Extreme Park

The Louisville Extreme Park [David Armstrong Extreme Park] is one of the nation's best skate parks, with awesome features, including a 24 foot full-pipe! The park offers a great balance of street-style, transition style and vert. The public skate park is owned by Louisville Metro Government and operated by Metro Parks. The park, completed in April 2002, includes 40,000 square feet of outdoor concrete skating surface and a wooden vert ramp, along with restrooms. The park is open 24 hours a day. The Louisville Extreme Park provides skateboarding, in-line skating and biking opportunities for people of all ages and skill levels. Centrally located downtown near Waterfront Park and Slugger Field, the skatepark is accessible from all parts of the community by bus and car, or by self-powered means via the RiverWalk and connecting multi-use paths! The park was designed with the input of a local task force.

E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park

E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park is the ideal urban location with a park setting for any gathering. Teambuilding and recreation activities can be planned and several meeting space options are available. Located at 3000 Freys Hill Road, Louisville, KY 40241. Activities include public swim, water aerobics, lap swim, and more! 

Jefferson Memorial Forest

The Jefferson Memorial Forest is a forest located in southwest Louisville, Kentucky, in the Knobs Region of Kentucky. At 6,500 acres (26 km2), it is the largest municipal urban forest in the United States. The forest was established as a tribute to Kentucky's veterans, and was designated as a National Audubon Society wildlife refuge. The forest offers over 35 miles (50 km) of various hiking trails, including several which offer views of downtown Louisville. Several discrete usage areas are featured, including the Tom Wallace Recreation Area, with the 7-acre (28,000 m2) Tom Wallace Lake; the Paul Yost Recreation Area, and the Horine Conference Center. Camping and fishing are both permitted. Tom Wallace Lake is stocked with trout and catfish once a year. Tom Wallace Recreation Area features various handicapped-accessible facilities, including a fishing dock and a 1,560-foot (480 m)-long natural trail, the Tuliptree Trail. The Horine Conference Center is a popular field trip destination for Louisville schools. A hiking trail, the Siltstone Trail, traverses much of the forest from east to west. There are several local hiking trails, in addition. Horine also features many hiking trails and both the Paul Yost and Tom Wallace Recreation Areas have horse trails. No mountain biking is permitted in the Forest at this time, but the low traffic roads and hilly terrain afford road cyclists many challenging routes through the Forest and surrounding areas.

Louisville Bats

The Louisville Bats are an American minor league professional baseball franchise based in Louisville, Kentucky. The Bats are the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

Louisville City FC

Louisville City FC is an American professional soccer club based in Louisville, Kentucky. The team plays in the United Soccer League, which is currently the third tier of the American soccer pyramid.

Louisville Sports Academy

Louisville Sports Academy - LSA is Louisville’s leader for tennis, fitness and multi-sports. Operating 2 state of the art facilities, Springhurst and Old Henry Rd locations, we provide our athletes and members with welcoming and comfortable environments that promote health and wellness. Our “Love Sports? We Do!” philosophy is reflected in clubs that are state-of-the-art, yet affordable, and offer the best facilities for and every sport, fitness experience, or sports program.

Louisville Waterfront Park

Louisville Waterfront Park is an 85-acre (340,000 m2)[1] municipal park adjacent to the downtown area of Louisville, Kentucky and the Ohio River. Specifically, it is adjacent to Louisville's wharf and Riverfront Plaza/Belvedere, which are situated to the west of the park. The Waterfront Park offers free wireless Internet access. Currently, this is the largest public park in the nation to offer such access. The park is packed each year during Thunder over Louisville, a major fireworks exhibition which occurs on the Ohio right in front of the park. The western half of the park features linear fountains, not officially intended for swimming but nevertheless quite popular for that purpose. Further east, there are two expansive lawns, bisected by the interstate, and a small series of docks for boats. Nearby are the Children's Play Area and the Adventure Playground. If completed, the pedestrian walkway and ramp will be on the eastern end of the park. The park is heavily used on a daily basis, and averages more than 1.5 million visitors per year. It is a popular home to free and pay concerts and festivals, especially in the summer. Waterfront Park connects to the Riverwalk via the Belvedere, and may eventually be part of an effort to create a long mixed use trail around the entire city of Louisville.

Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Park

Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area, owned and operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, is another large park in nearby Brandenburg, Kentucky. The park's namesake, Otter Creek, winds along the eastern side of the park. A scenic bend in the Ohio River, which divides Kentucky from Indiana, can be seen from northern overlooks within the park. The park is a popular mountain biking destination, with trails maintained by a local mountain bike organization. In development is the City of Parks, a project to create a 110-mile (180 km) continuous paved pedestrian and biking trail called the Louisville Loop around Louisville Metro while also adding a large amount of park land. Current plans call for making approximately 4,000 acres (16 km2) of the Floyds Fork flood plain in eastern Jefferson County into a new park system called The Parklands of Floyds Fork, expanding area in the Jefferson Memorial Forest, and adding riverfront land and wharfs along the Riverwalk and Levee Trail, both completed segments of the Louisville Loop.

River City Sports Arena

River City Sports Arena has been open since 1991. A professional sport facility that caters to INDOOR league play, camps, clinics, and events. Main sports are Lacrosse and Soccer, but also offer other sports, such as Field Hockey, Football, Baseball, Frisbee, and more! 

Valhalla Golf Club

Louisville is also the home of Valhalla Golf Club which hosted the 1996, 2000 and 2014 PGA Championships, the 2004 Senior PGA Championship and the 2008 Ryder Cup. Remarkable in its history, Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, is where the greats of the game have played. Valhalla has been home to the Ryder Cup, three PGA Championships and two Senior PGA Championships. The prestigious member experience at Valhalla includes world-class golf, premium PGA instruction, a 15-acre practice facility, and concierge-level customer service.

YUM Center

The KFC Yum! Center is a multi-purpose sports arena in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky. It is named after the KFC restaurant chain and Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC. Adjacent to the Ohio River waterfront, it is located on Main Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets. The arena is part of a $450 million project that includes a 975-car parking structure and floodwall. The Louisville Cardinals men's and women's basketball teams from the University of Louisville are the primary tenants of the arena complex. The U of L women's volleyball team began using the arena as a part-time home in 2011, and made the arena its main home in 2012. With 22,090 seats for basketball, it is the second-largest college arena by seating capacity in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, behind Rupp Arena at the University of Kentucky, and the third-largest in the United States, behind the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University and Rupp Arena. The arena's current attendance record is 22,815, set March 9, 2013 against Notre Dame. Since its opening, the KFC Yum! Center has been a frequent spot for major concerts!

We invite you to visit Louisville and explore our sports and recreation offerings.