McConnell Springs is the birthplace of Lexington and is a wonderful hidden gem. We have a 26-acre historic and natural city park right under our noses!

McConnell Springs is located just inside New Circle off Old Frankfort Pike. You turn on Rebmann Lane and follow the signs that weave through industrial lots before stumbling upon the visitor’s center and picnic area.

In June 1775, William McConnell and his fellow frontier explorers camped at a natural spring in the wilderness of the Virginia territory known as Kentucky. Word came from nearby Fort Boonesboro that the first battle of the American Revolution had been fought in Lexington, Massachusetts. In honor of the battle, the group named their future settlement “Lexington”.

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McConnell Springs welcomes visitors with an information center, complete with educational activities for children, tanks with live animals, and artifacts to touch. There is a staff working in the center available to answer questions. The center is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. The park is open from dawn to dusk every day.  To register for programs call 859-225-4073


Once you depart from the Visitor’s Center, there are 2 miles of trails, and many are paved. This makes it a perfect area for families with strollers or those requiring wheelchair accessibility. You can head back to “The Boils” and see a real spring in action (check it out after a good spring rain to guarantee it bubbles). Walk the trails and stop at a bench along the way to enjoy the sights and sounds, discover the remnants of the old buildings that were part of the original settlement, and check out the critters and insects that call the McConnell Springs’ pond home.

It’s a great place to pack a picnic and enjoy for a few hours. My boys love to wander the trails, stop by the pond and watch for a groundhog to pop up, and touch the cool water flowing through the streams.

Founders’ Day

Mark your calendar for the annual Founders’ Day Celebration planned each May. Experience life as it was in 1775. Enjoy demonstrations, educational activities, period music, storytelling and Native American Programs. It’s free!

Check out the Lex Fun 4 Kids Review of Founders Day!

Little Goblins Galore

2021 Event has been changed to the Jack-O-Lantern Trail!

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Another annual event is Little Goblins Galore. This Halloween event is $6 per child and includes great trick or treat fun throughout the park.

Kids get little treats, snacks, prizes, there are games to play, characters in costume, dancing, and more.

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To register for an event call 859-225-4073 or visit ONLINE
Registration typically opens 2 weeks prior to the event.

2021 Events



Owl Prowl – December 11, 2021  6 pm

McConnell Springs is home to several different owl species. Join us just before sunset as we hike around the park looking and listening for these nighttime birds. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for this hike. Bring binoculars and a flashlight or headlamp.

Parent’s Night Out – December 17, 2021  6 pm – 8: 30 pm

Parents can drop their kids, ages 6  – 11, off at McConnell Springs and enjoy a date night. Staff will have nature-related activities for the kids to enjoy including a hike, arts and crafts, games and hands-on activities. 

Children may be dropped off no earlier than 5:45 p.m. Pick-up will begin at 8:30 p.m. and all children must be picked up by 9 p.m. 

Junior Naturalist – Winter Solstice – December 18, 2021 10 am & 1 pm

This free program includes a theme-related craft and is designed for youth K – 5th grade. This session’s focus is on the Winter Solstice.  This event is free but pre-registration is requested.

January 2022

New Year’s Day Hike – January 1, 2022  2 pm

Guided walk through McConnell Springs to discuss and identify the wild flowers that are currently growing in the park.


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