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Field Trips and Events

Spring Wildflower Hike at the Baylor O. Hickman Nature Preserve

May 17, 2014
10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Mrs. Baylor O. Hickman Nature Preserve, Rockcastle County | Show Directions

Directions

Participants are asked to convene at 9:30 AM in the parking lot behind McDonalds, near the NW corner of Exit 41 of I-75 in London, KY. Due to very limited parking areas at the Preserve, hikers will be asked to carpool to the Preserve.

Nature Conservancy staff and volunteers will lead event participants across a two-mile ridge-top access trail down to the Preserve location, then following trails along the west bank of the scenic Rockcastle River.

This hike is considered to be STRENUOUS due in part to its nearly six-mile round-trip length, AND due to abrupt changes in trail elevations, which are cumulatively well in excess of 800 feet round-trip. In two prior years, Volunteer Preserve Steward Bill Edwards and TNC staff identified more than 50 varieties of early spring ephemerals in bloom along the preserve trails. This year, we will be seeking to observe and identify mid-to-late spring wildflowers endemic to the sandstone ecosystems of the Appalachian Plateau. We will lunch near a cobblestone bar, immersed within an exceptional riverine habitat, while listening to the noisy, bubbling rapids.

To RSVP or for more information, email kentucky@tnc.org or call Lisa Morris at 859-259-9655 ext. 5015.

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