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Murphy's Pond ~ photo by Greg Abernathy

Obion Creek State Nature Preserve

Location: Hickman County
Size: 1,601 acres
Access: Access for research onlyResearch Only

* Murray State University
Purchased with Assistance of:  
The Nature Conservancy
* Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund 

Link to Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund
This preserve in Hickman County protects a mosaic of wetland communities and upland slopes. The property includes shrub swamp, marsh and bottomland hardwood forest and is part of one of the largest remaining tracts of wetland in Kentucky. The entire Obion Creek watershed is a haven for numerous rare plants and animals. The original 1,402-acre tract was acquired with the assistance of The Nature Conservancy in 1992.  Murphy’s Pond, a 175-acre tract owned by Murray State University, was dedicated into the State Nature Preserves system in October 2005. Additions dedicated in June 2007 brought the total acreage protected to 1,601.

Access to the original tract is for scientific research only and requires written permission from KSNPC. Written permission from Murray State University is required for access to Murphy’s Pond.