Davis Bend Nature Preserve

Take a tour of this special place located on the Green River.

Entrance onto the Davis Bend Preserve off of Sims Cemetery Road in Canmer, Kentucky.

A small but historic cemetery graces the property, with grave sites dating back to the early 1800’s and earlier. Among those buried here is Lt. Colonel John Adair, who served in the Confederate army during the Civil War and was the grandson of the state’s first Governor before Kentucky became a state.

This old tobacco barn no longer shelters tobacco leaves. Today, it provides shade and a rustic respite for people during occasional tours and educational programming at the Preserve.

This particular barn was recently carefully disassembled and salvaged for usable wood by a local barn wood salvage operation. TNC was able to retain some of the wood in order to complete repairs to the remaining barn.

This small sinkhole pond provides water and habitat for a multitude of creatures at Davis Bend. It also provides a great backdrop for discussions about karst geology!

A small two acre field within the Preserve was recently planted with a wide variety of trees that are native to Kentucky. We’re excited to watch these newly-planted trees grow into a beautiful arboretum that will be enjoyed in the years and decades to follow!

In 2011-2012, the Conservancy completed an extensive restoration project on former agricultural fields. Fields were treated to remove unwanted non-native vegetation, followed up with prescribed fire and then replanted with a blend of native prairie plant species.

This short path through the woods leads to a gravel bar on the Green River.

This gravel bar has served as the launch location for many a Conservancy-hosted float trip, and should serve that purpose for many years to come.

Look carefully at the details! This buck has only one of his antlers left. The fact that he had even one of his antlers remaining at this late Spring date (April 11) is even more unusual.

The elusive bobcat! Project Director Mike Hensley had seen this beautiful feline on more than one occasion, but it took a camera that was on-duty 24 hours a day to finally capture this grainy photo.


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