A total of 820 acres in these Nature Conservancy nature preserves are in the palisades region of the Kentucky River, mostly in Garrard County. A variety of habitats are observable at the different elevation levels of the preserve. Very good wildflower spotting spring through fall, and better river and palisade views in winter.
Safety: Consider bringing drinking water, sunscreen, bug repellent, and sunglasses.
Facility and Trail Map
|▬▬ Trailhead Trail||.2 miles (one way)|
|▬▬ Brown Trail||2.6 miles|
|▬▬ Crutcher Trail||2.7 miles|
|▬▬ The Far Hill Trail||1.2 miles|
Trailhead Trail: Provides access from the parking lot to the Brown, Crutcher and The Far Hill Trails. It is mostly along the edge of a field on a steep grassy then dirt trail before converging with the other trails. It has a couple of gates that must be squeezed through.
Brown Trail: A dirt trail starts out through a wooded area. A loop in the middle portion of the trail gives you the option of staying along the cliff line towards a creek and the river, or staying closer to the edge of fields. Where the two trails meet on the other side, the trail follows a rocky old roadbed down to the river, so there is a big elevation change, but only a moderate grade.
Crutcher Trail: A dirt trail with little elevation change that stays up on the top of the cliff line. It heads back up a creek bed crossing it a couple of times. There are two millstones at one crossing. The trail curves back around in a loop nearer fields.
The Far Hill Trail: Starts as a dirt trail through a wooded section that crosses three springs. It then becomes a mostly grass trail that follows the edge of a field. You can then head up the to the top of the hill for near 360 view before coming down the hill and continuing back on a loop or taking a connector trail to get to the Crutcher trail.
Head south on US 27 into Garrard County. Turn right on KY 1845. Keep on KY 1845 until it ends at the Camp Dick Fire Station. Turn left on Pollys Bend Rd, then right on High Bridge Rd. Go 2 miles then veer to the right on Bowmans Bottom Rd, the preserve will be on the right in 1.6 miles.