Coping with heat and humidity is part of living in the Bluegrass, but we hope everyone will exercise heat safety as they explore The Parklands in the coming weeks. Use the following tips for a safe and enjoyable summertime visit.
- Wear loose, light-colored clothing.
- If possible, visit early and stay indoors during the hottest part of the day.
- When outdoors, take frequent breaks and try to avoid strenuous activity.
- Check for hot surfaces on playground equipment and benches before allowing young children to play or sit.
- Use the buddy system. Work out and explore with a partner or a group of friends.
- Drink plenty of water! Stay hydrated by filling your water bottle up at one of our trailheads.
- Consider exploring one of our more shaded areas and trails for refuge from the sun.
- Paw Paw and Hickory trails in Turkey Run Park are great for hiking and biking under the canopy of Turkey Run Forest. Check out Wild Hyacinth for a hike-only option.
- The Moss Gibbs Woodland Garden in Broad Run Park offers great, shaded pathways to explore this space that features towering trees, including the breathtaking Venerable Oak.
- The Riparian Ramble in Broad Run Park offers a shaded experience for hiking and biking right along Floyds Fork. Sycamore trail offers similar experiences in Beckley Creek Park.
- For those interested in a fully-accessible trail, park at North Beckley Paddling Access in Beckley Creek Park and head south on the Louisville Loop to see one of the most scenic and peaceful sections of the trail.
- Use the heat as an excuse to partake in a creekside excursion—paddling, fishing, or searching for fossils along Floyds Fork.
- Of course, there are always our tried and true spraygrounds in Beckley Creek and Broad Run parks—both great places to be on a hot summer day.
Stay safe, and enjoy the sunshine!