McConnell Springs – a Lexington Treasure

We love being outdoors in nature. There’s just nothing better than enjoying time with family while hiking on a gentle trail through the woods. We have lived in the Lexington area for many years and have visited McConnell Springs many times. This is a hidden treasure in the heart of downtown Lexington that we have come to love. And the price is FREE!

McConnell Springs

If you don’t know what you are looking for, you’ll miss the McConnell Springs Nature Center and hiking trail with beautiful pieces of stone walls and natural springs. It’s not hard to find, but it’s definitely hidden in between businesses and industrial work sites in downtown Lexington. But there are lots of signs directing you the Center.

There is a Nature Education Center with books, puppets, turtles, posters, and chairs where you can view the local birds and wildlife.

McConnell Springs Nature Center
McConnell Springs Nature Center

A visit to McConnell Springs today exposes the visitor to a seemingly natural landscape, with springs bubbling to the surface and the dense tree canopy; a closer look reveals remnants of stone fence and foundations that hint at the cultural past of the place. Come travel through time and learn what McConnell Springs has been and how it came to be what it is today.

A very easy walkway takes you through the woods past the Blue Hole and Boils Springs. Along the path are some beautiful stone fences and picturesque photo ops!

McConnell Springs Nature Center Trails

Just look how little the kids were on one of our many visits with grandparents! So much fun to have a place that you can visit many times with family and see pictures as the kids grow!

McConnell Springs

Wetland Area

One of the beautiful places to go look for turtles and frogs is the Wetlands Area. Depending on when you go, the water will be green and still or a beautiful pool of blue.

McConnell Springs Wetlands

We have been many times in the last few years and always make sure we have our camera. You just never know what you’re going to see.

My husband and I each have our own camera. It is an ongoing contest to see who can capture the best image for the trip. On one of our hikes, I caught this picture of a dragonfly in the wildflowers. Not to be outdone, he saw the reflection in the water. I think we both are winners!

McConnell Springs


McConnell Springs


Find McConnell Springs, Lexington KY

Loated off Old Frankfort Pike inside New Circle Road
416 Rebmann Lane
Lexington, KY

Open Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

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Have you ever visited McConnell Springs? I’d love to hear about your visit! Feel free to post pictures if you have any you want to share!

Looking for more things to see and do near Lexington?
Don’t miss the Amazing Abraham Lincoln Street Art while you are downtown! Find this amazing art work at 203-225 Water St, Lexington on the back of the Kentucky Theatre building!

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