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  • Near Ohio River and Meade County line; 20 miles north of Hardinsburg on KY 259; 20 miles west of Brandenburg off KY 144 to KY 259. Breckinridge County, Main area near Ohio River and Meade County line;...
  • 6 miles northwest of Bardwell on US 62. No roads or trails within area. Primarily flat creek bottomland with several lakes. Fishing available. Owned by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resourc...
  • Old fields, woodlots, grasslands, crop fields and food plots. Twelve fishing ponds with access for small boats; picnicking, hiking; kennels and stalls for use during field trials....
  • Vernon-Douglas State Nature Preserve is located within a rugged, steep, forested section of Hardin County. This 730-acre preserve protects one of the most mature second-growth forests in the Knobs phy...
  • 4 miles northeast of Perry Park on KY 355. Steep Kentucky River terrace terrain with open land, sloughs, steep wooded hillsides. Fishing opportunities. Owned by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlif...
  • Area under Quality Deer Management regulations. Hiking-birding trail with unique rock overhangs, bluffs, small caves. Owned by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources....
  • Tom Dorman State Nature Preserve protects 817 acres with spectacular 220-foot palisades along the Kentucky River in Garrard and Jessamine counties. This preserve was previously owned by the Kentucky R...
  • 1 miles north of Frankfort, off US 127 on Hwy. 1262 (Sullivan Lane). Old fields and pastures. Provides foot access to Elkhorn Creek. Owned by Ky. Dept. Fish and Wildlife Resources ...
  • Located north of US 23, on the eastern edge of the City of South Shore. Consists entirely of Ohio River bottomland. Twentytwo acres of seasonal wetland with the remainder being grassland and brushy tr...
  • Along Brush Mountain north of Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. Mature forest, extremely rugged, steep terrain, many high cliffs. Fishing opportunities for brook trout....
  • On KY 94 west of Hickman; adequate trails within area. Flat river bottomland, mixture of woods and cleared areas. Special hunting regulations and seasons. Observation platform near main entrance to Lo...
  • Access from Damron Creek Road in northeast Adair County: from Hwy 206 take Dunville Road 2.6 miles, turn right on Damron Creek Road and travel 2.4 miles to WMA; or in northern Russell County, travel 3...
  • Quiet Trails State Nature Preserve consists of 165 acres of ridges and ravines bordering the Licking River in Harrison County.For years the property was set aside as a private nature sanctuary and was...
  • Pine Mountain State Park Nature Preserve consists of two tracts of approximately 868 total acres in Bell County. This preserve is located within the boundaries of Pine Mountain State Resort Park. This...
  • Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve is a 742-acre area in Powell County. The original 308-acre area was acquired with the assistance of The Nature Conservancy and was dedicated on Sept. 26, 1985....
  • Excellent birding and fishing opportunities. Good deer, turkey, waterfowl and small game hunting. One of the better areas for quail hunting in the state. Horseback riding allowed on maintained roads....
  • Paul Van Booven WMA is located in southeast Breathitt County. The WMA consists of the 2,000 acres of reclaimed surface mined and forest land. The University of Kentucky owned property is the site of m...
  • Ohio River upstream from Smithland Lock and Dam. The Steward Island unit near Birdsville and surrounding river area is a waterfowl refuge closed Oct. 15-March 15; public hunting allowed prior to closu...
  • The property includes shrub swamp, marsh and bottomland hardwood forest and is part of one of the largest remaining tracts of wetland in Kentucky. The entire Obion Creek watershed is a haven for numer...
  • The sandstone arch that is called Natural Bridge has stood for millenniums. The arch is 78 feet in length, 65 feet high, 12 feet thick, and 20 feet wide. Some geologists believe that the stunning natu...
  • One mile north of Crittenden on Eads Road. Level to rolling terrain, some steep hills, woods, grasslands. Mobility impaired access to permit holders in designated area, which is currently the whole wi...
  • 5½ miles west of Burkesville on KY 90, then left 4 miles on Hwy. 100 to Wisdom Road. Access off Wisdom Road on old county road by wading Mud Camp Creek. Terrain varies from steep, narrow forested rid...
  • Metropolis Lake State Nature Preserve is a 123-acre tract in McCracken County. This preserve contains the 50-acre Metropolis Lake, one of only a few natural lakes in the Ohio River floodplain....
  • The Commission and the Clark County Fiscal Court dedicated 228 acres of Lower Howard's Creek in southwestern Clark County on Jan. 22, 2001. A tributary to the Kentucky River, Lower Howard's Creek flow...
  • Logan County Glade State Nature Preserve is the result of a cooperative effort between the Logan County Fiscal Court and the commission to protect 42 acres of limestone glades in Russellville. The gla...
  • Consists of two tracts, the Bissell Bluff State Natural Area (562.3 acres) and the Newman’s Bluff State Natural Area (461.5 acres). To reach the Bissell Bluff State Natural Area, from Smithland trav...
  • Two miles from Dixon, off Hobart Gardner Road. Gently rolling terrain, mostly forested in oak, hickory. Offering deer, turkey and small game hunting, has a small pond on the area. Limited parking....
  • The WMA is on the south side Hwy 919 about 2.5 miles east of the Hwy 878 junction and about 4 miles west of the Hwy 54 junction. Trail through area from old home place to river bottoms. Hilly terrain,...
  • Kingdom Come State Park Nature Preserve consists of 225 acres on the north face of Pine Mountain in Letcher County. This preserve is located within the boundaries of Kingdom Come State Park.This prese...
  • One mile west of Gest (near Lock 3) on Hwy. 561; ½ mile south of Gest; 1 mile south of Gratz on Brown’s Bottom Road; 4 miles south of Gratz on KY 355. River flood plain and associated uplands, old ...
  • Kentucky Ridge State Forest consists of 15,251 acres and was acquired by lease in 1930, as part of the Land Use and Resettlement Program. The lease was sustained until 1954 when the property was deede...
  • Eight miles northeast of Mayfield between Highways. 131, 408 and Tim Owen Road. Cypress swamps, hardwoods, low terrain throughout. Limited access, especially when bottoms are wet. Swamp rabbit, great ...
  • Between Princeton and Dawson Springs on US 62. Very few trails, roads within area. Hilly terrain, forested sections, old growth forest, some clearings in bottoms, on ridges....
  • John James Audubon State Park in Henderson County, the John James Audubon State Park Nature Preserve protects a mature mixed hardwood forest. More than 300 acres of the park was originally set aside a...
  • Two miles southeast of Boston. From Bluegrass Parkway, take Exit 10, go north on Hwy. 52 about 1 mile to area on east side of Hwy. 52 after crossing Beech Fork. Flat terrain with open fields, wetlands...
  • John B. Stephenson Memorial Forest State Nature Preserve in Rockcastle County protects a 123-acre wooded gorge with a rich spring floral display. The preserve honors John B. Stephenson, the former pre...
  • Steep hillsides, narrow ridge tops and floodplains with a combination of woods, brush and grasslands. Fishing in small pond. Site of annual Christmas Bird Count by Frankfort Bird Club and Frankfort Au...
  • Dedicated Dec. 7, 1979, Jesse Stuart State Nature Preserve is 714 acres located in Greenup County. The area is used for passive recreation and environmental education. ...
  • James E. Bickford State Nature Preserve encompasses 348 acres on the north face of Pine Mountain in Harlan County. The preserve is named in honor of the former Natural Resources and Environmental Prot...
  • Two miles east of Morganfield on KY 56. Rolling hills with hardwood patches, numerous small clearings, and wildlife plantings. Quality Deer Management: special regulations apply. Migratory waterfowl, ...
  • Letcher County, with a small piece in Harlan County. Take Little Shepherd Trail (Trail 1679), 5 miles southwest of Whitesburg off US 119. Mountainous and steep, with narrow ridges and numerous rock ou...
  • The primary purpose of Green River Lake is flood control. Other project purposes include recreation, fish and wildlife enhancement, water quality and water supply, and land stewardship for some 33,793...
  • Floracliff was established as a nature sanctuary by the late Dr. Mary Wharton, former botany professor and Biology Department head at Georgetown College. Dr. Wharton began acquiring the Floracliff pro...
  • From Flemingsburg, go north on Hwy. 57 to Hwy. 3301, take Hwy. 3301 to Hwy. 559, turn left toward Wallingford. Two entrances; watch for area signs. Oak-hickory woods, some croplands, woodland openings...
  • US 127 north to KY 338 east., turn right onto Big Bone Church Road, parking behind Big Bone Baptist Church. Wooded to open rolling land with some bottomland. Big Bone Lick State Park nearby. Owned by ...
  • Accessed from KY 227, KY 1474 and Red Oak Road. Steep hillsides, ridge tops and floodplains with a combination of woods, brush and grasslands. Owned by Ky. Dept. Fish and Wildlife Resources....
  • Dix River WMA is located in east central Lincoln County and consists of the 400 acres. The topography consists of flat bottomlands and the majority of the property is bounded by Dix River and Mud Lick...
  • Dinsmore Woods as a state nature preserve on May 16, 1990. The 105-acre area in now owned by Boone County Fiscal Court. The preserve protects a relatively undisturbed maple-oak-ash forest in Boone Cou...
  • The WMA consists of two separate tracts; each border Green River Lake WMA. Access to the northern tract is off KY551, three miles north of the KY551/KY76 intersection; the southern tract is accessed K...
  • Lake shoreline in Cumberland, Clinton counties. Access at end of Scott-Finley Road off Hwy. 449 and end of Casey Branch Road off Hwy. 61 and by boat.Terrain varies from gently rolling creek bottoms to...
  • One-half mile southeast of Crittenden; from I-75 take Crittenden exit, follow US 25 south to left turn across railroad tracks to area. Level to rolling terrain with some steep hills, fields, woods. Na...
  • This preserve protects several species of rare plants and animals. In addition, a number of waterfalls are located within the preserve including Cumberland Falls, which plummets 67 feet into a rocky g...
  • 15 miles southeast of Harlan on Stone Mountain Road. (off US 421). No roads within area. Mountainous, extremely steepterrain with long, deep hollows, heavily forested primarily in hardwoods.No camping...
  • The Clifty Wilderness now contains a total of 13,344 acres and is managed by the Forest Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Kentucky. In 1985 the Clifty Wilderness became part of the now...
  • Located approximately eight miles northeast of Carlisle, KY. From Carlisle take KY 32 north and turn right on KY 3315, Cassidy Creek Road. There are two entrances, watch for area signs. Terrain is ste...
  • Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful bottomland hardwood forest located in western Kentucky near Benton. The refuge lies along the East Fork of the Clarks River and is seasonal home to...
  • Nine miles southeast of Richmond, from US 421 take Dreyfus Road east (Highway 3376,also called Bearwallow Road) at Kingston and proceed about 2 miles east.Rolling to flat terrain with fields, wooded a...
  • Cedar Creek Lake WMA surrounds the 784-acre Cedar Creek Lake. The topography consists of gently sloping hills in a 300-ft buffer zone around the lake. Approximately 400 acres are forested and 400 acre...
  • Cascade Caverns State Nature Preserves consist of two tracts totaling 146 acres located in Carter County. These preserves are located within the boundaries of Carter Caves State Resort Park. Bat Cave ...
  • Brigadoon State Nature Preserve is located in Barren County adjacent to the Barren River Reservoir.The rich woodlands contain an impressive array of spring wildflowers including several species that a...
  • The preserve, owned by the Boone County Fiscal Court, was originally acquired by The Nature Conservancy.The preserve, located along a tributary to Middle Creek, is named for the 20- to 40-foot conglom...
  • This area was dedicated into the nature preserves system for the protection of Short's goldenrod (Solidago shortii), a species of plant that is a near-endemic to Kentucky (one site in Indiana) and one...
  • Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve protects 3,124 acres of old-growth and second-growth forests. As one of 13 large old-growth tracts remaining in the eastern United States, Blanton Forest is a dive...
  • Blackacre State Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead is located off Taylorsville Road just inside the Gene Snyder towards Louisville. We are located 25 minutes east of downtown Louisville....
  • One mile east of New Concord off Hwy. 444 and then Bellflower Road; borders portion of Kentucky Lake WMA area. Bottomland hardwoods, some fields. Owned by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Reso...
  • Sloping hills, ridge top flats, narrow valleys primarily in hardwood forests with some overgrown fields in bottoms. No roads within area. Fishing in 34-acre Bert Combs Lake for trout, channel catfish,...
  • The 4,791 acres of the Beaver Creek Wilderness are nestled beneath spectacular sandstone cliffs. This area was acquired by the National Forest in 1937, and it achieved wilderness designation in 1979 u...
  • Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve offers people of all ages a retreat from the surrounding urban areas. This 41-acre urban forest provides critical greenspace and recreation opportunities in the c...
  • Bat Cave and Cascade Caverns State Nature Preserves consist of two tracts totaling 146 acres located in Carter County. These preserves are located within the boundaries of Carter Caves State Resort Pa...
  • Sloughs and agricultural bottomlands, some hardwood stands. Wintering bald eagles, eagle nests. Fishing in 11 lakes on area. ...
  • Bad Branch takes unpredictable twists and turns as it cascades down the south face of Pine Mountain. At one point, the stream drops by more than 1,000 feet in less than three miles. ...
  • The area is almost entirely forested with extremely rugged, steep terrain and many high cliffs. Elevations range from 850 to 1,250 feet above sea level.

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