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McConnell Springs

416 Rebmann Lane, Lexington, KY
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Ranked #20 of 58 Attractions in Lexington
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Traveler Description: Known as the "Birthplace of Lexington", a nice walking trail leads to a breathtaking natural spring where Lexington was named in 1775. The campsite... more »
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Lexington, Kentucky
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63 reviews 63 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Although this park is located in an industrial part of the city, there is a lot to see and learn while visiting. The nature center is very informative and staffed with great people. Walking the trails and looking at the historic foundations and champion tree were an unforgettable experience.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I stumbled on this park/trail one day while driving around. I live in the area this park is in and ever thought about visiting. It is hidden behind various construction sites/companies but is placed perfectly. It's not too big of a park but I personally think it's the perfect size. You could easily spend a couple of hours here. Parking... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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40 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

McConnell Springs is a nice, small area for hiking to see the springs, the original water source for the settlement of Lexington, since there's no river or lake in town.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This out of the way, but still in Lexington treasure is not only believed to be the origin of Lexington, but is a wonderful wooded place to walk (very easy walking trails), picnic and get information on nature. My husband and I visit there at least once a year.

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Georgetown, Kentucky
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Went with my wife and 6 y.o. one Saturday, found this a great place full of history. The paved walking trail is good, and the unpaved ones have a solid wood chip trail so it was not slippery even though the ground was wet from rain earlier. Worth seeing "the boils," especially after a rain. The nature center was also... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

We were visiting from NC. We have a mixed group of abilities...which makes longer hikes difficult. This was so beautiful, and is a hidden gem. My 70 year old mother, 10 year old special needs child, and all of the rest of us enjoyed this equally. There are great bathrooms, an indoor nature center, numerous picnic areas, and plenty of... More

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Home Sweet Home
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Very nice to go for a short stroll around the woods and relax while you listen to some of the birds and animals there. It has a historic feel to it (being the historic site it is), and lots of information about native/invasive plants. The Blue Hole looks like something that belongs in a fairy tale because of it's hues... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I have lived in Lexington for over 25 years and have always heard of McConnell springs and visited this March. I was very disappointed! There is really nothing to see here. There is a walking trail and a spring. The spring is small. maybe with some donations this could be worthwhile. Many other nice places to visit in the bluegrass... More

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Oxford
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This park is part of Lexington's history. The visitors center has restrooms and is air conditioned. The trails are easy to follow and there are lots of informative markers to highlight historical areas. It was a worth the trip to learn more about the beginnings of the city of Lexington. It was also great to get a little exercise while... More

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Somerset, Kentucky
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Until this week I had never heard of McConnell Springs. It is located in the heart of Lexington's industrial area. If you or your family enjoy nature preserves, this is the place to be. We called ahead to see if they could accomodate our group of 23 "tweens" and 4 adults. They were not only welcoming, but provided us with... More

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