Vernon-Douglas State Nature Preserve Trail

Louisville, Kentucky 40206

Vernon-Douglas State Nature Preserve Trail

Vernon-Douglas State Nature Preserve Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This walk through mature second-growth forest takes you to a bluff that overlooks farms and houses lining the peaceful flats along Younger Creek.

Central Kentucky is dotted with knobs, and this hike explores one of these large hills—one covered with mature second-growth hardwoods, mainly maple, beech, tulip poplar, oak, and hickory. Unlike Bernheim Forest, this 730-acre preserve is not well known. Most likely you will see no one else as you make your way through Hall Hollow and then climb the ridge to the Pinnacle, the local name for a bluff overlooking the pastoral Younger Creek valley. The only intrusion on your solitude—and in some spots it definitely is an intrusion—is the swish-swish of traffic on the nearby Blue Grass Parkway. Even so, the attributes of this preserve, including its many wildflowers, more than compensate for that one drawback."

More Vernon-Douglas State Nature Preserve Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Vernon-Douglas Nature Preserve, just south of the ever-popular Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (see Hikes 14 and 15), rarely sees a hiker. Donated to the Audubon Society of Kentucky in 1972 and now managed by the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, this 730-acre tract protects a large second-growth forest in the Knobs region of central Kentucky. Th e trail traverses low-lying creeks and dry rocky ridges, supporting a wide variety of fl ora and fauna. Pileated woodpeckers and hooting owls drown out the occasional road noise from the Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway."

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7/31/2011
This was an excellent old growth trail, which we love because of the interesting things (decomposition, moss formations, etc.) The only bad things were the amount of spiders and wholly cow...TICKS!! My 3 year old had tons of tiny ticks, but he loved it anyway. We didn't see a single person out there.
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7/4/2006
This is a little visited trail. If you want solitude this is a great place, my family and I encounter no one during our two hour stay. The hike through a wonderful hard wood forest most of which is easy to hike. There are two steep rolling areas that will give you a work out. The best part of the hike is around the ridge line. When you get to the loop post go left, after about 400 feet of steep hiking you get to the ridge where you'll have at least a mile of level hiking.
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Trail Information

Louisville
Nearby City
3.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, (502) 573-2886
Local Contacts
USGS Nelsonville
Local Maps

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Sep 2018