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Bald cypress ~ KSNPC photo by Heather Housman

Three Ponds State Nature Preserve

Location: Hickman County
Size: 528 acres
Access: Access for research onlyResearch Only

Purchased with Assistance of:  
* Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund

Link to Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund

Two of the three ponds located along the base of a Mississippi River bluff were dedicated in June 2001. An additional 311 acres were dedicated in June 2007. Three Ponds State Nature Preserve protects 528 acres of loess bluff, bottomland hardwood forest and coastal plain slough communities on the Mississippi River floodplain. Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) and buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) surround a series of three small ponds, which have a surface area of about 20 acres, and which drain into Obion Creek. The third pond remains in private ownership. Sugarberry (Celtis laevigata), green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) and sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) dominate the bottomland hardwood forest, while sugar maple (Acer saccharum) dominates the bluff.

Access is by written permission only.