Spring Nature Walk at Quiet Trails

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Quiet Trails in spring is full of wildflowers and critters. Kentucky State Nature Preserves guide Jim Allen will hike with us, explaining the preserve’s history and helping us identify features. Expect an easy to moderate hike: 2 miles in 3 hrs. But the almost 300’ descent from parking lot to Licking River means the uphill return hike can be taxing. Expect a slow to moderate walking pace, with many stops to examine wildflowers, critters and other natural features. Sturdy shoes with good treads are recommended. Bring a walking stick if you want. Bring your own liquid and snacks.

All must sign Sierra Club’s liability waiver and acknowledgement of self-risk. A parent or legal guardian must sign for unaccompanied minors who are at least 13 yrs old. There are no restrooms. Dogs are not allowed in the preserve. Trails might be muddy, slippery or tricky. At times we will be beyond an hour walk from our cars. The preserve has a small parking lot so carpooling may be requested if RSVP count gets high.

To RSVP, phone or email your name, email address and a last-minute phone # by 7pm Friday 5/17 to the outing leader. Expect email or phone message by 8am Saturday if postponed or cancelled. If postponed by heavy rain or storms, expect rescheduling for the next Saturday, 5/25.

Quiet Trails is on County Road CR-1035, in NE Harrison County KY. From midway between Falmouth & Cynthiana on US-27, go east on KY-1284 to Sunrise, then continue straight through the intersection and go east 1.8 miles on Pughes Ferry Rd (aka CR-1035, a curvy rolling 1-lane road, so drive carefully and slowly). Bear left at every “Y” in the road. Look for the small gravel parking lot on the right.

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Find more info and a trail map for Quiet Trails S.N.P. in NKY Sierra Club’s online Tri-State Hiking Guide: www.sierraclub.org/cumberland/northern-kentucky/tristate-hiking-guide