Kentucky River Palisades

The Nature Conservancy is working throughout this spectacular landscape to ensure it remains healthy for people and wildlife.

These cliffs characterize what is found throughout the Kentucky River Palisades landscape.

An aerial view of the Kentucky River Palisades.

The Jessamine Creek and Gorge – located at the Jessamine Creek Conservation Area, a county nature preserve being developed with input from the Conservancy.

On some days, heavy dew or light snow or rain bring to life the numerous spider webs along the hiking trail.

Each spring, the Palisades landscape is awash in as many as 30 different wildflowers, including phacelia which carpets the ground here.

And large patches of Blue-Eyed Marys.

And Fire Pinks.

While the wildflowers in spring are awesome, the other growing things -- like this fungus -- are noteworthy.

While most visitors come to hike the trails in the Palisades in the spring, the trails in winter with snow are unbelievably beautiful and the preserves are open daily year round. Here, a frozen fog on a December morning coats the Sally Brown Preserve in a layer of diamonds.

This Kentucky River bottom land was once the site of a warehouse and a ferry crossing 200 years ago. It was also traditionally used for crops including hemp, corn, and hay. Today natural succession is at work with it becoming reforested with significant cane breaks.

A visitor hiking around one of the Conservancy’s nature preserves in the Kentucky River Palisades may just notice a fallen log. However preserve monitors Ken Brooks and Lynne Schwantes see a potential work of art.

A beautiful turned bowl by Lynn Schwantes, a conservation buyer living on Polly's Bend. The bowl is from a downed tree harvested in the palisades.

Throughout the year, volunteers help out with maintenance and improvements at the Conservancy’s Palisades preserves. Here, American Hiking Society volunteers build a staircase of rocks. Other groups regularly assisting include college clubs, scouts, and corporate sponsored groups.

Conservation buyers like those living adjacent to the Sally Brown Preserve help to keep land in agricultural production while protecting water quality and view sheds located near the preserve.


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