Quiet Trails State Nature Preserve

Sunrise, Kentucky 41031

Quiet Trails State Nature Preserve

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"Quiet Trails State Nature Preserve is a remote nature preserve that truly offers an opportunity to get away from it all."

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Hiking Kentucky (Falcon Guides)
Michael H. Brown, Revised by Carrie L. Stambaugh
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"This unspoiled spot on the banks of the Licking River offers good views of the rolling river valley. The name of this small preserve along the Licking River may sound a bit trite, but it’s accurate. These 165 acres, tucked away in the rural northeast corner of Harrison County, are tranquil indeed. Most of the preserve is former farmland donated to the state in the early 1990s. From the fi elds you get good views of the Licking River valley. This hike also takes you to a pretty riverside spot that was once the site of a trading post for river travelers. Now it’s just you and the fish. From the parking area, go through the gate. To your left is a box that should contain trail maps and a sign-in sheet. A loop trail takes you through the preserve. The first leg is Deep Hollow Trail, which starts just inside the gate on the right."
"This hillside ramble explores a preserved parcel of Kentucky’s Licking River valley. Set in serene rolling country, this loop hike wanders through a former farm, now reverting to nature’s dominion. You will explore everything from cedar copses to prairie vistas before passing old farm buildings and stone walls. At your lowest point, you will visit the oft-flooded plain along the Licking, where massive sycamores hold court. Your return trip ascends hills and hollows back to the trailhead."

Quiet Trails State Nature Preserve Trip Reports

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The preserve was a little confusing to get to, because there's no roadsign for Pughs Ferry Rd, and there's no sign for the Preserve. It's just a small gravel parking lot, with a red gate up between wooden fence, and a small square yellow sign indicates that it's state property for walking use only. the traisl need some maintenance, lots of downed, dead trees to maneuver around. if it's been raining, expect slippery conditions. but the wildlife is very diverse. i saw 2 male box turles at different areas of the park, lots of butterflies, 10+ different warbler species, 30+ species of birds, fox, deer, dinner plate sized aquatic turtles in the river. beautiful view of the licking river. trails were pretty easy. print a trail map before you go, none are available there.
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This trail is quiet and out of the way. It is a good starter for the novice hiker. It is a tad out of the way. Don't make a trip here, but if your on 27 north through Kentucky it is worth the pull off.

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1.5 hours
USGS Claysville
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