The preserve, owned by the Boone County Fiscal Court thank to funding by the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund, was dedicated as a state nature preserve to protect the unique glacial features and four forest community types that are present there. Initially, 46 acres of land in Boone County were dedicated on Nov. 5, 1987. An additional 29 acres were dedicated on May 16, 1990. The preserve, located along a tributary to Middle Creek, is named for the 20- to 40-foot conglomerate cliffs that outcrop on the valley slopes. The conglomerate is composed of gravel that was deposited as glacial outwash about 700,000 years ago.
Features - glacial outwash cliffs, spring wildflower display
Access - 2.4 mile trail over uneven terrain, moderate
Size - 77 acres
Facilities - none
Parking - five cars; one bus
Hazards - steep cliffs
Activities - hiking, nature study, geological study, birding, etc.
Directions - Boone County. From the junction of I-75 and KY 18 near Florence, follow KY 18 west for 10.8 miles, then left on Middle Creek Road for 1.5 miles to gravel parking area on left side of road.
Open from dawn to dusk.
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