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Shooting star ~ photo by David Lyons

Jim Scudder State Nature Preserve

Location: Hardin County
Size: 231 acres
Access: Access for research onlyResearch Only

* Hardin County Fiscal Court 
Purchased with Assistance of:  
* Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund

Link to Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund
The Hardin County Fiscal Court dedicated 58 acres of county property on Sept. 2, 1987, initiating the commission’s first land protection partnership with local government. The commission purchased 109 acres of additional glades and surrounding second-growth forest which were dedicated March 2, 2005. Another 64 acres were purchased and dedicated by the commission on June 25, 2009. The preserve protects one of the best remaining examples of limestone glades in Kentucky. These glades are dry, rocky openings on otherwise forested south-facing slopes. They provide habitat for several rare plant species, including the barrens silky aster (Symphyotrichum pratense). 

Public access is by guided hike only.