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Explore Kentucky's Ancient Forest (Fall 2018)

  • 4294 State Highway 840 Wallins Creek, KY, 40873 United States (map)

EKI x Kentucky Natural Land Trust's Blanton Forest Guided Hike Weekend

The Explore Kentucky Initiative and partner organization, Kentucky Natural Lands Trust are hosting our final 2018 guided hike at Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves' Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve. The program will be led by the KNLT's Stewardship Director, Preston Lacy and EKI founder, Gerry Seavo James. This incredible hike features the largest old growth forest in the state of Kentucky, with trees dating to the late 1600's! Blanton is also home to scenic overlooks, soaring cliff lines, rock shelters, and pristine mountain streams that contain the Blackside Dace, a threatened species of fish. Lace up your hiking boots, dust off your camera, and join us to learn more about this beautiful wilderness area on Pine Mountain in eastern Kentucky! 

The program starts at 9:30AM. The hike is 4.5 miles in length and moderate to strenuous going up and back down Pine Mountain.

All EKI programs are lead by Wilderness First Aid/Wilderness First Responder certified guides.



  • Challenging 5 mile trail through 3,509+ acres of old-growth and second-growth forestland.
  • Lunch break at Knobby Rock on Pine Mountain with views of the Cumberland Plateau and Black Mountain.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Regional/local geology
  • Basic photography skills
  • Basic knowledge of forest ecology
  • Historical usage of area & work of Kentucky Natural Land Trust
  • Leave No Trace principles.

Refund Policy: Full refund before October 15th, transferable until date of event.

Blanton Forest Nature Preserve Hike (Fall 2018)
Earlier Event: October 13
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