In the News
David Mattingly of Wave 3 News features Louisville Keep Your Fork's efforts to protect the Floyds Fork watershed
Eastwood neighbors gather to discuss future developments within the Floyds Fork floodplain
Editor’s note: This is the fourth article in an occasional series profiling the river basins of Kentucky.
The Salt River is 150 miles long and flows into the Ohio River south of Louisville.
The river basin is the fifth largest in the state, and drains about 2,920 square miles in six north-central Kentucky counties.
This article discusses the impact of Floyds Fork on the Salt River.
The Parklands of Floyds Fork is only about 20 miles outside of downtown Louisville, but it feels like you’re in an entirely different world.
Wild Hyacinth Trail
Luscious ferns line this loop, along with trees and shallow streams with limestone rock formations that you can totally walk around and look at. This trail really has all the pretty features that make a hike great – enjoy it!
Moss Gibbs Woodland Garden Trail
The trail runs alongside Floyds Fork, the main river that runs through the Parklands, with stunning views of the water, which you can also hike down to if you like.
Valley of the Giants Trail
...head into a lush forest where the trail runs along Floyd’s Fork where you’ll have great views of the water and get to see all those gorgeous giant Sycamores up close.
The Garden Club of America announced the Parklands as the 2022 recipient of the Cynthia Pratt Laughlin Medal. The medal recognizes leaders and organizations for outstanding achievement in environmental protection and maintenance of the quality of life. The award has been given out each year since 1980.
In 2017, James Bruggers of the Courier Journal, wrote a fabulous article on the effect of dense development around Floyds Fork.
"One of the surest ways to kill a stream is to build a city around it. Replacing forests and fields with asphalt and roofing prevents rain from naturally filtering into the ground."
The City of Louisville has done this before with Beargrass Creek as it flows through concrete channels.
Floyds Fork isn't just "moving water", it's teaming with LIFE. What generation wants to own the responsibility for the death of this natural inheritance?