This site represents an important remnant of Appalachian mesophytic forest and protects a newly discovered species of Solidago. The preserve is bisected north and south by the Middle Fork of the Kentucky River.
Leslie County, south of Hyden.
The Appalachian mesophytic forest is dominated by beech (Fagus grandifolia), sugar maple (Acer saccharum), white oak (Quercus alba), tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), basswood (Tilia americana), and buckeye (Aesculus flara). Along with the Solidago, the preserve is also home to one of the largest populations of white wood-mint (Synandra hispidula) in the state. Protection of this unique site was made possible by a generous gift from Kate Ireland in 1992.
Priorities include protecting the community of Appalachian mesophytic forest and Solidago, especially from off-road vehicle use, and to eliminate invasive species that thrive along the riverbank.