Bird watching hotspots

Lexington is home to a variety species of birds. Here are the best locations around our city to bird watch.

Lexington Cemetery

This is one of the best places in Lexington to see and hear spring and fall migrating birds. The 170-acre historic cemetery has a park-like setting of mature deciduous and coniferous trees. Birders have been lucky to see pine siskins and crossbills here. The eBird tally for the cemetery is 150 species. Do not park in the parking lot it is reserved for the cemetery’s offices.

833 West Main St.
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 255-5522

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, year-round

McConnell Springs Park

The 26-acre natural area park has 2-miles of easy trails. It is mostly forested with a small meadow area and wetland. This is a good park to view migrant song birds in the spring and fall. The eBird tally for the park is 146 species.

416 Rebmann Lane
Lexington, KY 40504
(859) 225-4073

Hours: Dawn to Dusk, year-round

The Arboretum

The State Botanical Garden of Kentucky has a nice mix of forest, meadow and garden habitats. Bird viewing is good year-round. In the spring and fall many migratory song birds can be spotted. The arboretum boasts 2 miles of easy trails. 

500 Alumni Dr.
Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 257-6955

Hours: Dawn to Dusk, year-round

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Raven Run is comprised of over 700 acres that include forest, meadow and stream-side habitats. The park is a good place to see and hear speciality warblers, like the prairie warbler. The Henslow sparrow also nests in the large meadow areas. Raven Run is also known for its exceptional spring wildflowers. The eBird tally of this park is 132 species.

3885 Raven Run Way
Lexington, KY 40515
(859) 272-6105

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, year-round

Jacobson Park

This 216-acre park includes open grass areas, small forested areas and reservoir habitats. The heavily used park provides year-round birding opportunities and is good place to see and hear spring and fall migrants, winter waterfowl, as well as birds of prey such as bald eagle and osprey. The eBird tally of this park is 187 species.

4001 Athen-Boonsboro Rd.
Lexington, KY 40509

Hours: Dawn to Dusk, year-round

Lexington Reservoirs 2 & 3

The reservoirs are considered the best location for winter waterfowl viewing in Lexington. You can view the reservoirs from Lakeshore Drive.

Lakeshore Dr.
Lexington, KY 40502

Hours: Dawn to Dusk, year-round

Veterans Park

This 235-acre park has open grass, forested and stream-side habitats as well as ball fields and playgrounds. Spring and fall migrants as well as year-round residents can be found at this multi-use park.

650 Southpoint Dr.
Lexington, KY 40515

Hours: Dawn to Dusk, year round

Spindletop Research Farm

This University of Kentucky 2,000-acre research farm is a good location to see grasshopper sparrows and bobolinks during breeding season as well as rail species during migration. The eBird tally for the research farm is 160 species.

Turner Place
Lexington, KY 40511 (entrance across Newtown Pk. from McDonald’s on Stanton Way)

Hours: Monday – Friday, daytime

Hisle Park

The 280-acre former farm has mostly open grass habitat with a few small woodlots and farm ponds. A variety of grassland sparrows as well as bobolinks can be seen here.

3601 Briar Hill Rd
Lexington, Kentucky 40516

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, year-round