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Goldenrod ~ KSNPC photo by David Skinner

Crooked Creek State Nature Preserve

Location: Lewis County
Size: 728 acres
Access: Open to the publicOpen to the Public
Directions to Crooked Creek SNP

Owner:
*KSNPC

Managers:
*KSNPC
*Lewis County

Purchased with Assistance of:
*Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund
*American Electric Power

Link to Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund
Crooked Creek Barrens State Nature Preserve was established when the original 60-acre tract was dedicated on June 15, 1999. Today, 728 acres make up this unique preserve in Lewis County. The preserve features a unique oak barrens community and adjacent oak-hickory forest. Prairie species such as big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), and prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum var. luciae-brauniae) occur in the barrens areas. This site also protects five rare plant species: starry false Solomon's seal (Maianthemum stellatum), white rattlesnake root (Prenanthes alba), slender blazing-star (Liatris cylindracea), earleaf foxglove (Agalinis auriculata) and scarlet Indian paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea).

The 1.35 mile Joyce Bender Trail opened to the public for hiking on July 15, 2017.