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I took an evening hike out the upper and lower palisades, and Knight’s Ferry trail, approx. 4.5 miles. Hiked out the last 2 miles in the dark.

The Nature Conservancy Website

The Garrard County part of the preserve is open to the public, sunrise to sunset year-round. Due to fragile habitats and its inaccessibility, the Jessamine County tract is closed to the public.

  • Features – 220-foot limestone palisade walls, rare plants, Kentucky River.
  • Access – Foot trail through the forest and to the river, two-mile loop; moderately difficult, with hills and steps.
  • Facilities – None
  • Parking – eight cars
  • Hazards – Extremely high cliffs.
  • Activities – Hiking, nature study, birding, etc.

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