Tom Dorman SNP

A 945 acre State Nature Preserve in the palisades region of the Kentucky River in Garrard and Jessamine Counties. 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.

News: The current parking area and entrance will be closing March 1, 2020. A new entrance is now open off of US27, and a new trail is in place from there to the current loop. The Overlook Trail is being closed. Updates to this page will be coming soon.

Activities: hiking nodog        Facilities:  None

Facility and Trail Map


▬▬ Main Trail hiking nodog EasyEasy 2.1 miles
▬▬ Overlook Trail hiking nodog Moderate 0.44 miles

Trail Descriptions

Main Trail: A dirt trail descends gently down from the parking lot, ambles through a wooded area and over two usually dry stream beds, then heads towards the cliffs. Connects to the Overlook Trail before descending very steeply down to river level. If the river has flooded the lower area, there is a cutoff trail to bypass it. The trail rises more gently along an old rocky roadbed for awhile before returning to a dirt trail back to the other side of the parking area.

Overlook Trail: An optional dirt trail that goes along the cliff line to a rocky overlook.


From Nicholasville, take US 27 south into Garrard County. Turn right on KY 1845. Go almost a mile and turn right on Jess Brimm Rd, just after Palisades Point. The nature preserve parking lot is at the very end of Jess Brimm Rd.

Google Maps Driving Directions

For More Information

Official Web Site

Trail Brochure