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Dragonfly outing at Blackacre pond ~ photo by Sabrina Christian

Blackacre State Nature Preserve

Location: Jefferson County
Size: 175 acres
Access: Open to the publicOpen to Public

* Blackacre Conservancy
Purchased with Assistance of: 
Land & Water Conservation Fund

Dedicated on March 19, 1979, Blackacre State Nature Preserve is approximately 175 acres and located in Jefferson County near Jeffersontown. The preserve is used as an environmental education center by the Jefferson County Public School System and the University of Louisville. Indiana University Southeast operates their Urban Ecology Field Station at the preserve. Since it is located adjacent to a large metropolitan area, it offers a unique outdoor laboratory for environmental education to a large number of children who otherwise might not have the opportunity for this experience. This area is currently being managed by the Jefferson County Public School System and the Blackacre Conservancy through an agreement with the commission.

Blackacre is open daily. The preserve and homestead are open on weekdays from 3 p.m. to dusk and on weekends from dawn to dusk. The Visitors Center is open on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. year round. Jefferson County Public School visits are scheduled by contacting the Jefferson County Public School System.

Attention:  A case of Lyme disease has been reported from a visitor who was bitten by a tick while at Blackacre State Nature Preserve. Please be sure to examine yourself for ticks while hiking at the preserve. Upon returning home, it is suggested that you carefully inspect yourself to prevent ticks from becoming attached. For more information on Lyme disease visit