Field Trips and Events

National Trails Day Celebration

June 02, 2012

Sally Brown, Jim Beam and Mantle Rock Nature Preserves | Show Directions


Sally Brown Nature Preserve

Travel south on Nicholasville Road (U.S. 27) from Lexington; proceed 19.2 miles from the intersection of Nicholasville Road and New Circle Road; turn right onto KY 1845 after crossing over the Kentucky River; travel on KY 1845 for 3.4 miles to Camp Dick Fire Station; turn left and travel 0.2 miles; turn right onto High Bridge Road; go 2.0 miles and turn right onto Bowman's Bend Road. Please use caution on this narrow road. Travel 1.5 miles to the Sally Brown Nature Preserve parking lot on the right. Follow the Sally Brown trail from the parking lot to the kiosk and the Crutcher trail will be to the right off the main trail. Note: There are no hiking trails at the Earl D. Wallace Preserve.

Jim Beam Nature Preserve

From I-65 and I-75, take exit 115 to the New Circle Road exit. Exit right onto New Circle and proceed to the Nicholasville Rd. exit (U.S. 27 South). Take a right at the end of the exit ramp onto Nicholasville Road. Follow this road for approximately 16.6 miles to Hall's Road. Turn right onto Hall's Road (You will see large distillery buildings up on the hill to the right.) Proceed on Hall's Road about 0.7 miles to the blacktop lane on the right marked Payne Lane. Turn right onto Payne Lane. Proceed 200-300 yards, and when the road curves, continue straight onto a gravel drive to a fenced area. This gravel drive leads to the preserve parking area. The trail is located beyond the parking area on the left. There is a kiosk with a map of the preserve adjacent to the parking lot.  There are trail markers throughout the one mile loop.

Mantle Rock Nature Preserve

From the Western Kentucky Parkway, exit either north on Hwy 641 to Marion then continue southwest on Hwy 60 to Salem, or exit north on Hwy 60 to Salem. From Salem, take Hwy 133 north two miles past Joy. On the south side of Hwy 133 is the historical plaque marking the entrance.

Come join us for a day in nature in celebration of National Trails Day.  Our Sally Brown, Jim Beam and Mantle Rock Nature Preserves will be open to the public for hiking and fun in nature.   Bring the family for a day of hiking in Kentucky's backwoods and experience what it feels like to stroll through a forest with the sun on your face. 

The preserves are open to the public from daylight to dusk and self-guided hikes are encouraged.  Be sure to wear appropriate footwear for hiking.  Hikers should also bring water, snacks and any other supplies they may need for during their time at the preserve. 




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