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Paddling

Take me to the river.

Winding through upland meadows and farm fields and bottomland forests, Floyds Fork empties into the Salt River, which flows another 25 miles until it drains into the Ohio River. Located along Floyds Fork between Shelbyville Road and Bardstown Road, The Parklands offers some of the best paddling access in the area.

Go with the flow.

The Parklands will be protected in perpetuity for future generations, with much of its lands remaining undeveloped and wild — including miles of restored wetlands and stream banks. Paddling is one of the best ways to explore this river ecosystem, and you can access the creek from seven designated points throughout The Parklands. See the top right-hand corner of the page for CFS real-time creek flow, or visit the American Whitewater guide to streams and water levels for more information. And learn more about each paddling access below.

Paddling Access

    • Fishing
    • Paddling
    • 2 Mi
    • 1 Hr
    Fishing Spot, Floyds Fork, Paddling Access

    North Beckley Paddling Access to Creekside

    Beckley Creek Park

    • Fishing
    • Paddling
    • 4.4 Mi
    • 2.25 Hr
    Fishing Spot, Floyds Fork, Paddling Access

    Creekside Paddling Access to Fisherville

    Beckley Creek Park, Pope Lick Park

    • Fishing
    • Paddling
    • 4.3 Mi
    • 2 Hr
    Fishing Spot, Floyds Fork, Paddling Access

    Fisherville Paddling Access to Cane Run

    Pope Lick Park, The Strand

    • Fishing
    • Paddling
    • 3 Mi
    • 1.25 Hr
    Fishing Spot, Floyds Fork, Paddling Access

    Cane Run Paddling Access to Seaton Valley

    The Strand, Turkey Run Park

    • Fishing
    • Paddling
    • 3.5 Mi
    • 1.5 Hr
    Fishing Spot, Floyds Fork, Paddling Access

    Seaton Valley Paddling Access to Broad Run Valley

    Broad Run Park, Turkey Run Park

    • Fishing
    • Paddling
    • 2.5 Mi
    • 1.25 Hr
    Fishing Spot, Floyds Fork, Paddling Access

    Broad Run Valley Paddling Access to Cliffside

    Broad Run Park

    • Biking
    • Fishing
    • Paddling
    • Walking
    Fishing Spot, Floyds Fork, Louisville Loop, Paddling Access

    Cliffside Paddling Access

    Broad Run Park

Paddling Resources

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Paddling Map with Route Information

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Route Descriptions

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Blue Moon Rental Price List

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Recommendations for a Great Paddling Experience

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Kentucky Afield Floyds Fork Guide North

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Kentucky Afield Floyds Fork Guide South

Rentals

Visitors are welcome to paddle their own canoes and kayaks, but if you need to rent equipment, call Blue Moon Canoe and Kayak, located in the John Floyd Community Building in Pope Lick Park. One of the most grueling parts of paddling is trekking back to where you’ve parked after you’ve paddled downstream, but fear not: Blue Moon provides a shuttle service that picks you up anywhere along Floyds Fork in The Parklands and transports you back to your vehicle. They also advise where you should paddle when the water gets low. Weather permitting, rentals are available from April–October. (Parklands Members receive a 10% discount.)

Events

There’s always something happening at The Parklands. Check out our upcoming events.

    • Fishing
    • Paddling

    Virtual Park Roots: Fossils of Floyds Fork*

    Beckley Creek Park, Broad Run Park, Pope Lick Park, The Strand, Turkey Run Park

Rise to the occasion.

There’s always something happening at The Parklands. Check out our upcoming events.

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Maps + Directions

Get on the beaten track.

Our park system is nearly five times as large as New York’s Central Park, so you may need some help finding your way around. Chart your course with our interactive map.