The Ancient Forest In Kentucky That’s Right Out Of A Storybook
When hiking through the beautiful state of Kentucky, many people likely do not think about the age of the trees and foliage that surrounds them. While wandering down a trail, you may admire the wooded scenery, plant life, and views, but in some cases, there’s much more history to these forests. In fact, there’s one preserve in eastern Kentucky that makes up the largest old-growth forest in the state. Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve is more than a challenging and picturesque hiking spot; this ancient forest tells so many stories through its magnificent trees and a walk through it is straight out of a storybook.
Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve is one of many areas in Kentucky that, thankfully, several passionate Kentuckians work hard to maintain. Have you stepped into the storybook of Blanton Forest and discovered these ancient trees? What other preserves do you love to visit and support in Kentucky? Let us know in the comments!
For more information and exact directions to the parking lot for the trails within the preserve, visit here. For more on the other initiatives working hard to maintain Kentucky’s naturally beautiful forests, check out the Kentucky Natural Land Trust’s site here and the Explore Kentucky Initiative’s site here. Both of these offer guided hikes within Blanton Forest throughout the year.
And for more epic hiking spots throughout Kentucky, check out our previous article here.
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A Cincinnati native who has lived in Kentucky for over 10 years, Andrea's heart belongs both in the Queen City and the Bluegrass State. After earning an education degree and working in that field for a number of years, Andrea began to pursue her passion for writing over 6 years ago. Since then she has written for a number of print and online publications, as well as published a children's book.