• Biking
  • Picnicking
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
Louisville Loop, Picnic Area

Distillery Bend

Beckley Creek Park

A few picnic tables are available at the Distillery Bend Trailhead, just inside the Echo Trail-South English Station Road entrance to Beckley Creek Park. From here, jump on the Louisville Loop or the Valley of the Giants Trails for a hike or a bike ride.

“Distillery Bend” is so named because a distillery was built on the site in 1933, after Prohibition was repealed. In 1968, a fire destroyed two of the warehouses. Flames shot 200 feet into the air, burning almost 5,000 barrels of whiskey and setting fields and woods and even the river ablaze. Today, all that’s left are remnants of the distillery dam on Floyds Fork where the water still bubbles and churns at its edges.