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Lower Howard Creek ~ photo by Tara Littlefield, KSNPC

Lower Howard's Creek Heritage Park and State Nature Preserve

Location: Clark County
Size: 228 acres
Access: Open to the publicOpen to Public

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* Clark County Fiscal Court
* Friends of Lower Howard's Creek * Clark County
Purchased with Assistance of: 
* Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund

Link to Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund
The commission and the Clark County Fiscal Court dedicated 228 acres of Lower Howard's Creek in southwestern Clark County on Jan. 22, 2001. A tributary to the Kentucky River, Lower Howard's Creek flows through a deep, twisting gorge. Second growth forests cover the slopes and cliff tops, and a showy array of spring wildflowers grace the valley bottoms. The steep topography has left refuge for two rare plants, the federally endangered running buffalo clover (Trifolium stoloniferum) and water stitchwort (Stellaria fontinalis), listed as threatened by the KSNPC. Located downstream from Fort Boonesborough, Lower Howard's Creek valley was an industrial center for water-powered stone milling in the 18th and 19th centuries. Five of the stone buildings that remain are on the National Register of Historic Places, and one can still find the rock fences and hike the historic wagon road winding down into the steep, forested gorge.

To see a full listing of events visit the Friends of Lower Howard's Creek website.