• The First Lincoln Memorial

    Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

    National Historical Park Kentucky



  • Self-guided and informal ranger led introductory tours of the Visitor Center
  • A fifteen (15) minute movie, "Lincoln: The Kentucky Years" shown every thirty (30) minutes on the hour and half hour
  • Self-guided tour of park grounds, including the Memorial Building and Sinking Spring
  • Hike the Big Sink Trail approximately one (1) mile, adjacent to the picnic area, with wayside exhibits available to interpret points of interest, brochures available at Visitor Center or take a stroll along the three tenths (.3) mile Boundary Oak Trail, adjacent to the Boundary Oak Site
  • Picnic using one of the eighteen (18) picnic tables with accompanying grills situated on concrete pads; a covered pavilion is available on site if needed
  • Bird and wildlife watching, check with Information Desk for best times and places


  • Staffed Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only May 27 through September 1: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (ET)
  • Hike the strenuous three (3) mile Overlook Trail for a panoramic view of the valley, brochures available at Ranger Station or Visitor Center
  • Walk along Knob Creek, through wooded areas or across fields where a young Abraham Lincoln played, toiled and learned. Picnic using one of the eight (8) picnic tables situated on a concrete pad
  • Bird and wildlife watching

Did You Know?

A picture of President Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln was the first president to give national status to Thanksgiving Day. His last proclamation, October 20, 1864, appointed and set “apart the last Thursday of November...to be observed by all…as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the universe.”