Our community’s focus on creating top-quality parks earned us Indiana’s top award in 2019. We’re home to nine parks that range from small neighborhood play areas with basketball courts and safe playgrounds, all the way up to beautiful Lapping Park’s 332 acres (including an 18-hole golf course and disc golf). There’s also Clarksville Cove, our family aquatic center with swimming pools, water slides and splash pads.
Youth sports are big here. How big? Clarksville’s seven-field Youth Baseball/Softball complex is widely regarded as one of the finest in Indiana. We’re particularly proud of Challenger Field, designed for children who have physical or mental disabilities. While the bigger kids play ball, the little ones will enjoy two adjacent playgrounds while you keep an eye on everything from the half-mile walking path around the complex.
Like Clarksville, our parks are growing. The River Heritage Conservancy is currently developing Origin Park, which will fill 400 acres with greenspace, an Adventure Center, and miles of hiking and biking trails. We’ve also been working with our neighbors in Jeffersonville and New Albany to develop the Ohio River Greenway, a 7.5-mile path that lets hikers, bikers and runners bask in stunning views of the river and Louisville’s skyline and connects with our own 1.9-mile Discovery rail-trail.
Serious bikers and hikers will be excited to hear about the Louisville Loop, a 100-mile trail system that will eventually encircle the city, link existing parks, and connect with the Ohio River Greenway via the historic Big Four Pedestrian Bridge that crosses the Ohio River.
And we can’t forget a local treasure — the Falls of the Ohio State Park. Besides having the world’s largest exposed Devonian fossil bed, the park has hiking and biking trails and is the perfect spot for canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, fishing, birding and more. No matter what you’re after, good times begin here!