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McConnell Springs, Lexington

4.6
#4 of 10 in Historic Sites in Lexington
McConnell Springs is a twenty-six acre natural areas park located at the historic springs where the city of Lexington, Kentucky was named.
McConnell Springs is historically and environmentally significant to this area. The central historic event which marks McConnell Springs place in history is the naming of Lexington. William McConnell and his party of kinsmen and companion surveyors, explorers and would-be settlers established a small camp in this area in June 1775. The group named their camp "Lexington" in honor of one of the first battles of the American Revolutionary War in Lexington, Massachusetts. Four years later this name was adopted when founding their town. In the ensuing years the McConnell property changed hands several times with remnants of past use still visible throughout the park - including stone fences, a barn foundation, a small rock quarry, remains of an old dam and the foundation of an old creamery.
The most significant environmental feature is a complex system of sinking springs. McConnell Springs is the only known site in Fayette County that has a series of artesian springs that come to the surface, go underground, reappear, flow on the surface and go back underground only to surface again a couple miles away.
McConnell Springs has two miles of trails, with a half-mile paved loop which makes the park accessible to most visitors, as well as an education center.
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  • We didn’t walk far but did enjoy what we saw! Free admission and a nice place to spend with family! We will return again so we can see more on the nature patch ! It is a true gem  more »
  • McConnell Springs is a bit off the beaten path in a commercial area. It's a hidden gem and very peaceful inside with picnic tables, nice trails, ducks and wildlife, and ponds.  more »
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  • McConnell springs park in the middle of Lexington Kentucky is a jewel. Multiple springs, multiple walking paths, and beautiful trees. If you ever want to visit Lexington this park should be on the list to visit. Very secluded and relaxing and the spring water is beautiful. One of the springs is 15 feet deep. Also has a visited center and education area for kids to learn about animals and trees. This park will be on my list to walk and hike on a regular basis.
  • This is a beautiful place to visit, take pictures, learn some history, and just experience nature in the middle of Lexington. There are a few spots where you are aware of the outside world (glimpses of buildings through the trees, the smell of asphalt from a nearby company), but it's mostly secluded and a very peaceful place. Even brought little kids (5 and 3, plus the 9 month old in a stroller - paved pathway!), the trail is short and not at all difficult.

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