John James Audubon State Park in Henderson Kentucky was dedicated in 1934 and constructed by the Civil Conservation Corps beginning in 1938. It was created to preserve the legacy of John James Audubon, probably Henderson’s most famous resident. Audubon moved to Henderson in 1810 to open a store and mill. Unfortunately, this venture was a financial failure. But after this he turned full time to ornithology and art, through which he left his legacy.
Though 700 acres in size, John James Audubon State Park is essentially an urban state park. It is just off Highway 41 in Henderson, which has just enough traffic to make crossing it…. interesting. At over 18,000 lbs, you don’t just give it the gas. You can even see alternate accommodations from the campground:
But it is surprisingly quiet. There is some traffic noise, but not much. The sites are not large, but they still have plenty of room. The park roads are easily navigable as well, basically a single loop through the campground.
In addition to the campground, there are also cabins that may be rented.
While the park offers several playgrounds, tennis court, paddle boats, birding, fishing and a 9-hole golf course, the main attraction for us is the Audubon museum.
As you can see, it is housed in this incredibly cool building built by the WPA in 1938. The collection contains numerous prints, some of the few remaining engraving plates, several full folios and several items from his life. For any lover of his work, this museum is definitely worth a visit. The museum does not allow photography, so the best we can show you is the entrance.
The museum also houses a gift shop, bird viewing area and a discovery center for the children.
Back at the park, Kathryn found it interesting to watch this bi-colored squirrel.
And here are some more pictures of the park.