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Explore Kentucky's Ancient Forest (Summer 2018)

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

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


Explore Kentucky Initiative is excited to partner with Kentucky Natural Lands Trust to host a guided hike at Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission's Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve led by the KNLT's Stewardship Director, Preston Lacy and The Explore Kentucky Initiative program staff, Carolyn Sexton. 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!

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 June 18th, transferable until date of event.