Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park is dedicated to preservation, commemoration, and interpretation the birth and early years of our 16th President. The site contains two units located within 10 miles of each other. The Birthplace Unit represents Lincoln's humble beginnings with a cabin enshrined within a Memorial Building. The Boyhood Home Unit at Knob Creek was home to the Lincoln family during his formative years.
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park was established by the Lincoln Farm Association in the early 1900s. The site was donated to the federal government and became a national park on July 17, 1916.
The Boyhood Home Unit at Knob Creek was established November 6, 2001, and was purchased by the Preservation of Lincoln's Kentucky Heritage Inc. and donated to the National Park Service in 2001.
When to Visit:
Spring is a great time to visit the park. Summers can be hot and humid, while winters are moderately cold with variable precipitation. If you plan a visit during fall or winter, be sure to wear some layers and good walking shoes.
If you are driving from the North, take Interstate 65 South to Exit 91 (Elizabethtown). Follow KY 61 (Lincoln Parkway) 13 miles south to US 31E. The take US 31E south 1.3 miles to the park, where you will see the main entrance on your right. From the South, take Interstate 65 North to Exit 81 (Sonora). Then head east on KY 84 to KY 61. Turn right on KY 61, then turn right onto US 31E to the park.
The nearest airport is in Louisville, KY located about 65 miles north of the park. Rental cars are available at the airport or in Elizabethtown, KY located about 12 miles from the park. Keep in mind that there is no public transportation in or near the park.
There are no fees to visit the historical park. For tour and school groups, it is recommended that you make a reservation by calling (270) 358-3137.
Things to Do:
Boundary Oak Trail: Located by the Visitor Center.
Big Sink Trail: One mile long and located in the picnic area on the East side of US 31E.
Overlook Trail: A short trail (about one and one-half miles long) that includes several areas where visitors may walk through the open fields or woods of the farm.
Guided walking tours: Available between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Junior Ranger Program: Available for children ages 6 - 12 and a great way to explore the park.
Boyhood Home Unit at Knob Creek: Lincoln llved on 30 rented acres of the Knob Creek Farm from the time he was two until he was seven years old.
Keep in mind, all park facilities and exhibits are accessible. A wheelchair is available for loan at the Birthplace Unit.
There is no available lodging within the park. The nearest lodging or camping is located in Elizabethtown, KY (about 12 miles from the park) or Bardstown, KY (about 30 miles from the park).
Pets are not permitted in park buildings, however service dogs accompanying visitors with disabilities are allowed in buildings. Pets are allowed on trails but must be on a leash not over six feet in length.
Be sure to clean up any pet waste from parking areas, picnic areas, trail surfaces, and other areas of heavy public use.
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
2995 Lincoln Farm Road
Hodgenville, Kentucky 42748
Phone: (270) 358-3137