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Fall colors (sweetgum and sugar maple leaves) ~ photo by Dave Crawford

Quiet Trails State Nature Preserve

Location: Harrison County
Size: 165 acres
Access: Open to the publicOpen to Public
Brochure/Trail Map: 

Purchased with Assistance of: 
* Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund

Link to Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund
Dedicated March 4, 1992, Quiet Trails State Nature Preserve consists of 165 acres of ridges and ravines bordering the Licking River in Harrison County. This area was donated to the Commonwealth by Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Wiglesworth Jr.  For years the property was set aside as a private nature sanctuary and was utilized by local Scout troops, schools and private organizations for nature study and as a place for quiet reflection. The diversity of birds, trees and wildflowers represent the richness of the Bluegrass fauna and flora. The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission manages this area primarily for environmental education and passive recreation. The preserve is also a Watchable Wildlife Site.

  • Features - great diversity of birds, trees, wildflowers and mussels
  • Access - 3.1 miles of trail, moderate
  • Facilities - none
  • Parking - four cars
  • Activities - hiking, nature study, birding, etc.
  • Directions - Harrison County. From Cynthiana, take U.S. 27 north approximately 10 miles. Turn right onto KY 1284, which leads into Sunrise. Continue on Pugh's Ferry Road after crossing the four-way intersection. The preserve is located on the right, 1.8 miles from the intersection.