Energy and Environment Cabinet
State Nature Preserves Closings

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 06, 2009  
Contact Information:  Leslie Isaman or Joyce Bender (502) 573-2886  

FRANKFORT, KY - (February 6, 2009) - The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission announced today that several nature preserves will be closed until further notice due to trail hazards caused by the recent ice storm.  Storm debris has made the trails impassable or dangerous to traverse.

The following is a list of the closed state nature preserves (SNP).  Some are state park nature preserves (SPNP):

Carter County -        Bat Cave SPNP

                              Cascade Caverns SPNP within Carter Caves State Park

Greenup County -    Jesse Stuart SNP

Hardin County -       Vernon-Douglas SNP

Harrison County -    Quiet Trails SNP

Henderson County -  John James Audubon SPNP

Jefferson County -    Beargrass Creek SNP

                               Blackacre SNP

Livingston County -   Bissell Bluff SNP

Logan County -         Logan County Glade SNP

McCracken County -  Metropolis Lake SNP

Powell County -         Natural Bridge SPNP

                                Pilot Knob SNP

Rockcastle County -   John B. Stephenson Memorial Forest SNP

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, its partners and volunteers will be working to clear these trails, but staff numbers are limited and the task will take time to complete.  Please refer to the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission's Web site: to check the status of a preserve before visiting or contact the KSNPC office at (502) 573-2886 for more information.