Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area (formerly Otter Creek Park) is a 2,600 acre riverfront park in Meade County, Kentucky. The park is located near Muldraugh and Fort Knox, along State Highway 1638, near U.S. 31W. Although it is located outside Louisville, the park was long operated by the city of Louisville and, after the 2003 merger of the city and Jefferson County, Louisville Metro Government. Both entities attempted to give or sell the park to Meade County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky at various times over the years, most recently in 2004. The park closed in 2009 and reopened in 2011; it is now operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
The park is named after Otter Creek which winds along the eastern side of the park. It is a scenic bend in the Ohio River, which divides Kentucky from Indiana. The park is a popular mountain biking destination, with trails maintained by a local mountain bike organization. It is also a popular camping destination and hiking destination.
Some of the amenities of the park include: adventure programs, alpine climbing, cabins and campgrounds, a conference center, a disc golf course, fishing in Otter Creek and/or the Ohio River, a Nature Center, an Observatory, an outdoor swimming pool, trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking, and finally, the best of all, in the fall one of the BEST amenities of the park is Nightmare Forest.
Nightmare Forest has called Otter Creek home for many, many years and it has become a widely expected event at the recreation area. It is a haunted event that is unlike any other in the Louisville area and it is the only event to call the beautiful Otter Creek home.
Now that Otter Creek has been reopened to the public, we look forward to calling Otter Creek home for many more years to come! While we know that you love the haunt, make sure you take the time to visit Otter Creek outside of Nightmare Forest and discover this wonderful Kentucky park.