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Fall colors ~ photo by Harold Kelley

Brigadoon State Nature Preserve

Location: Barren County
Size: 184 acres
Access: Open to the publicOpen to Public
Brochure/Trail Map: 

Purchased with Assistance of: 
* The Nature Conservancy 
Land & Water Conservation Fund
* Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund

Link to Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund
            Old-Growth Forest Network

Brigadoon State Nature Preserve is located in Barren County adjacent to the Barren River Reservoir. With assistance from The Nature Conservancy 92 acres of mostly mature forest was dedicated into the preserve system on March 14, 1985. An additional 88 acres were dedicated on June 12, 2001 and a very small tract was dedicated on December 9, 2010. Today a total of 184 acres are protected. The rich woodlands contain an impressive array of spring wildflowers including several species that are considered rare or uncommon. The preserve also provides habitat for many resident and migratory birds.

  • Features - mature beech, maple, tulip poplar forest
  • Access - one-mile foot trail through ridgetops, mature forest and scenic ravines, moderately strenuous
  • Facilities - none
  • Parking - 10 cars
  • Activities - hiking, birding, nature photography, research, etc.
  • Directions - Barren County - From Exit 43 on I-65, travel east on the Cumberland Parkway to its junction with US 31E in Glasgow. Follow US 31E south for 6.5 miles. Turn left onto Dover Church-Browning School Road and travel approximately 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Mutter Road. The parking area is approximately one-half mile on the left.

Brigadoon, Vernon-Douglas, and Blanton Forest State Nature Preserves were recognized as being a part of the Old-Growth Forest Network in 2016.  The Old-Growth Forest Network, a country-wide conservation organization, was created to identify a forest in each county which will remain in a natural condition and is open to the public.   

Brigadoon was highlighted in the Spring 2015 edition of Land, Air & Water magazine.