Jessamine Creek Gorge Preserve

A 155 acre Jessamine County nature preserve in the palisades region of the Kentucky River. Very good wildflower spotting spring through fall, and palisade views in winter. Overstreet Creek views are nice.

Safety: Consider bringing drinking water, sunscreen, bug repellent, and sunglasses.

Jessamine Creek Gorge is an ecologically sensitive area.  Please observe local ordinances and park rules. Stay on the marked trail. No trespassing onto neighboring properties. Don’t leave trash in the preserve.  There is a trash can at the parking lot. Park in the small parking lot, or past the parking lot on the side of road. Do not park on any part on the road. Ignoring the rules may result in the preserve being closed to visitors by Jessamine County Fiscal Court.

Activities: hiking nodog        Facilities:  picnic

Facility and Trail Map

Trails

Trail
Uses
Difficulty
Length
Jessamine Creek Gorge Trail hiking nodog EasyEasy 2.1 miles

Trail Descriptions

Jessamine Creek Gorge Trail: A wooded dirt trail leads down to Overstreet Creek, then back up to top of the gorge where there is an overlook of Jessamine Creek when the leaves aren’t out. Does not go down to Jessamine Creek or the Kentucky River level, so only a moderate elevation change. Be alert for an almost U-turn at the farthest reach of the trail. There will be a U-shaped blaze on a tree (or signs now) and the trail continues at about a 150-degree angle to the right.


Directions

From Nicholasville: Take US 27 south of town, turn right on KY 1268 (Bethel Rd) for 2.6 miles. Turn left on Corman Ln. Go 1.1 miles and look for an unmarked parking area on the right across from the Jessamine Creek Gorge Trail sign on the left.

From Wilmore: Take KY 1268 east (E Main St) for 2.5 miles. Turn right on Bethel Ln to stay on KY 1268. Go another .5 miles, turn right on Corman Ln. Go 1.1 miles and look for an unmarked parking area on the right across from the Jessamine Creek Gorge Trail sign on the left.

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