Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle

Hike, Bike & Paddle 2017

Monday, May 28, 2018

8 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Waterfront Park - Great Lawn


Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle

Quick Info:

The Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle is a twice annual event held every Memorial & Labor Day. Thousands of participants flock to Waterfront Park to enjoy a morning full of fun. Bring the entire family for this free, healthy community event. Various fitness demonstrations start the day including yoga, tai chi and zumba. There are numerous vendor booths available for information and giveaways. After all of that, take your pick from a 5k hike, 12.5-mile bike ride or a paddle on the Ohio River. This event is not a race. It is open to participants of all levels and we encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the festivities!  

Free t-shirt while supplies last. Go Green! Bring your own water bottles!  Fill stations are available at Waterfront Park.


The Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle takes place at Waterfront Park's Great Lawn (map this location). The hike and bike starts on the Great Lawn at E. Witherspoon Street.  Paddlers will put in at Harbor Lawn at the water's edge which is next to the Great Lawn. 


  7:30 a.m. - Boat Drop Off until 9 a.m.  

                (Parking & Drop-off at University of Louisville Rowing Center located at 1321 River Rd)
  8:00 a.m. - Fitness Activities Start

                Tai Chi, Yoga, Pickleball, US Army Rock Climbing Wall, stand-up paddleboarding & Voyager Canoe rides
  8:30 a.m. - Vendor Booths Open
  8:30 a.m. -  Zumba (Main Stage)

  9:25 a.m. - Mayor Greg Fischer Welcome

10:00 a.m. - Hikers, Bikers, Paddlers Start

Bike Route Info:

The 12.5 miles scenic bike route will travel west from Waterfront Park, through the Portland neighborhood to Shawnee Park and back to the Great Lawn. Turnoffs will provide options for cycling routes as short as two miles.

Both the cycling and walking routes will be marked with signage and will have water stops at the halfway points to refill water bottles. The Louisville Bicycle Club and Scheller’s Fitness and Cycle are providing “bike captains” to help cyclists obey the rules of the road.

“Bike doctors” will be in Waterfront Park before the ride and along the route to assist cyclists with any equipment problems. Louisville Metro Police will provide traffic assistance at key intersections, and the Louisville Metro EMS bicycle team will patrol the route. All cyclists are asked to remain behind the lead Police vehicles.

The Brain Injury Association will be on hand to distribute 500 free helmets to riders. View safety instructions here.

Turn-By-Turn Directions: 

Waterfront Park to Shawnee Park and back

BEGIN at Waterfront Park (Great Lawn at E. Witherspoon Street)  

WATER STOP - Great Lawn

RT Preston Street

RT Main Street

RT 15th Street

LT Portland Avenue

** Turn around option at 16th & Northwestern through floodwall to Riverwalk trail and return to Waterfront Park **

S/LT Portland Avenue to Northwestern Pkwy at 31st Street

(Northwestern Pkwy becomes Southwestern Pkwy at end of 100 block of Northwestern Parkway)

RT Southwestern Pkwy to Shawnee Park Road/Southwestern Pkwy at the Shawnee ballfields; follow Shawnee Park Road

LT on Park Road at grass circle (straight is closed for construction)

WATER STOP – Shawnee Pavilion/Restrooms; entrance RT into parking lot

LT to exit Shawnee Park at River Park Drive

LT Southwestern Pkwy at Shawnee Terrace

RT Southwestern Pkwy at Southwestern Pkwy (turning area to be coned)

(Southwestern changes into Northwestern)

S/RT Northwestern Pkwy to Portland Ave at 31st Street

RT 15th Street

LT Main Street

LT Floyd Street

END Floyd Street at Witherspoon

Hike Route Info:

This year the hike route will showcase the river as walkers and hikers across the Big Four Bridge to Indiana and back. The route is wheelchair and stroller-accessible. All hikers will receive a free day pass to Memorial Day's Abbey Road on the River event. Walkers can bring their dogs on the hike, but must keep them on a leash and pick up waste, as required by law. 

Dogs are not permitted on the Big Four Bridge, so they will need to use the first route that goes around the Louisville Community Boathouse. 

Hike Route

Turn-By-Turn Directions:

BEGIN at Waterfront Park South Great Lawn near Flock of Fins

RT sidewalk north of Green Parking lot

S follow sidewalk to Big Four Bridge entry

**Turn around option (reverse route to start)

OPTION ONE – Community Boathouse Loop – dog friendly 

S to Community Boathouse parking lot

LT Community Boathouse parking lot to sidewalk at riversedge

LT at sidewalk to path just west of the 2nd parking lot (near the former Tumbleweed Restaurant)

LT on path towards River Road sidewalk

RT River Road sidewalk

S follow sidewalk to Green Parking lot

RT Green Parking lot sidewalk

LT sidewalk toward Witherspoon Street

END Flock of Fins

OPTION TWO – Big Four Bridge – no dogs allowed 

LT Big Four Bridge

S Big Four Bridge

TURNAROUND Jeffersonville return to Louisville (at bottom of bridge total distance is 2.65K; note participants are invited to Abbey Road on the River)

S Big Four Bridge

RT River Road sidewalk

S follow sidewalk to Green Parking lot

RT Green Parking lot sidewalk

LT sidewalk toward Witherspoon Street

END Flock of Fins

Paddle Route Info:

This year on Memorial Day at the 2018 Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle, patrons will have the opportunity to try their hand at stand-up paddle boarding until 1 p.m. or they can ride in a large “Voyager Canoe” along the Ohio. Kayak rentals will be available on site or you can rent ahead of time online

Paddlers can enter from the Harbor Lawn in Waterfront Park, but are encouraged to enter from the University of Louisville Rowing Center/ Louisville Community Boathouse off River Road and paddle upstream towards the start at the Harbor Lawn. Parking will be available at the Louisville Community Boathouse and volunteers will be on-site to assist paddlers at both of these locations.

The Ohio River will be closed to traffic, giving paddlers the ability to cross the river to Southern Indiana. They will continue downstream to the 2nd Street Bridge and paddle back across the Ohio River to the Louisville side, ending at the Harbor Lawn.

Paddling participants will launch their canoes or kayaks at the river ramp located at the Harbor Lawn of Waterfront Park. Paddlers can drop their boats off at the “Green” parking lot off Witherspoon St near Slugger Field or off of River Road at the University of Louisville Rowing Center located at 1321 River Rd from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Police and safety boats will be nearby during the paddling activity, and participants can get assistance if needed in launching their canoe or kayak. Safe paddling instruction and demonstrations will take place in the harbor area of the Great Lawn.

HBP Paddle Route

Turn-By-Turn Directions:


Community Boathouse Parking Lot – Public Park and launch via U of L Boat Ramp; row west toward downtown to the Harbor Lawn

BEGIN PADDLE Harbor Lawn at Ohio River

RT (east) to Tow Head Island

LT (north) to Jeffersonville/Van Dyke Park

LT (west) to Clark/2nd Street Bridge (note:  stay on east side of bridge/do not cross under)

LT (south) to Louisville Wharf/Joe’s Crab Shack area

LT (east) to Harbor Lawn

END Harbor Lawn 

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Hike, Bike and Paddle Sponsors

Thanks to these fine supporters!

Bicycling for Louisville

LMPD Nu Chapter Tai Chi Chuan & Qi Gong Institute
Bike Captains LMPD River Unit Nu Image Fitness
Bike Louisville Louisville Area Canoe and Kayak Club River City Community Sailing Program
Bishop Boards Louisville Bicycle Club SAG Teams
Boy Scouts of America Louisville Community Boathouse University of Louisville Rowing Team
Brain Injury Association of Kentuckiana Louisville Fire & Rescue US Army
City of New Albany Louisville Rowing Club US Coast Guard
Dismas Charities Louisville Yoga Volunteers
Kentuckiana Paddlers Association Louisville Zoo