Our community has two amazing parks systems, which are reflected not only in the sheer number of parks we have across our city and county (28!), but in the beautification, acreage and athletic and leisure opportunities they provide for visitors.
Whether it’s golf, disc golf, fishing, hiking or biking you’re looking to do in the great outdoors, Owensboro’s parks have you covered.
You can find one of the prettiest golf courses in the area at Ben Hawes State Park.
You can play some incredible games of disc golf at Yellow Creek and Panther Creek Parks.
For those who want to cast their line in the lake, you can fish at Waymond Morris Park, Yewell Heritage Park, Yellow Creek Park, Panther Creek Park and Horse Fork Creek Park.
Some of the best hiking and biking trails can be found at Ben Hawes. The Rudy Mines Mountain Bike Trails include 7.5 miles of easy-to-intermediate mountain bike trails within the 298-acre park. But you can also enjoy some easy-to-hike trails at Joe Ford Nature Park, the Adkisson Greenbelt, Yellow Creek Park, Panther Creek Park, Legion Park and Moreland Park.
For those bringing their fur babies on the trip, a brand-new dog park at Legion Park is the perfect atmosphere for dogs and humans alike! Castlen Dog Park has areas for bigger and smaller dogs to play and roam separately, and you can let your pups run off some steam from 5 a.m.-10 p.m. each day of the week!
And maybe most importantly of all for those travelling with children – you’ve got to know where the nearest playground is. Here in Owensboro, you can find playgrounds nearby almost everywhere you go! To make it a little easier to navigate, here’s a list of all the parks with a playground: