Lilley Cornett Woods

Whitesburg, Kentucky 41858

Lilley Cornett Woods

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Accompanied by a guide, tour a stand of hardwood trees said to be the largest remaining old-growth forest in eastern Kentucky. As is apparent to anyone who has done much hiking in Kentucky, the state has been heavily logged. This hike gives you a chance to step back in time and experience the forest as it was in pioneer days. Lilley Cornett Woods contains the largest parcel of old-growth forest in eastern Kentucky, with trees as old as 400 to 500 years. At the visitor center, a display dramatizes this point with a section of an ancient white oak.

Today the land is administered by Eastern Kentucky University and used for forest research. About half of the acreage, including the portion visited in this hike, has never been logged and contains trees of varying ages and types, including hickories, white oaks, and beeches. It also has more than 500 kinds of flowering plants; there are an estimated 700 pairs of breeding birds here, including red-shouldered hawks and barred owls."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
April through October
Lilley Cornett Woods, (606) 633-5828
Local Contacts
USGS Tilford, Roxana
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