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Organized Hikes

Lower Howard’s Creek Nature & Heritage Preserve consists of 338 acres in Clark County, Kentucky. The site was purchased by the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund and is owned by the Clark County Fiscal Court. The property is home to populations of federally endangered plants, state rare plants and irreplaceable historical and archaeological features.

As a result, a 228-acre tract was dedicated as a state nature preserve in 2001. The primary purposes of the Preserve are to protect rare species, protect and interpret historical/archaeological resources, conduct scientific research, protect and restore natural communities, and foster environmental education.

Kentucky State Nature Preserve rules limit access to the Preserve to guided hikes only. (The only exception is the John Holder Trail.) You may attend one of our scheduled hikes or you can arrange a group hike.

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Scheduled Hikes
Group size for scheduled hikes is limited, so please call the Preserve manager at (859) 744-4888 and leave a message to make reservations. Because this is a Kentucky State Nature Preserve, no dogs are allowed on the hikes. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Hikers should dress according to the expected weather. The terrain at the Preserve is quite steep and rocky, so please wear appropriate shoes or boots. Shallow creek crossings are a possibility on all hikes and your feet may get wet. Please call the Preserve manager if there is a question about suitability of the weather. It is recommended that you carry water and trail snacks.

Hikes are free to members of the Friends of Lower Howard’s Creek. A $5 donation is suggested for each non-member.

All hikes will start at the Preserve’s main entrance/parking lot at 1945 Athens-Boonesboro Road unless otherwise noted.




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