Ano Strip Mines in Pulaski County - To get to this nice grassland area, take Rt. 80 east from Somerset about six to eight miles and begin looking for the Shopville School on the left (north); from the school, continue east on Rt. 80 about 3.2 miles and take Rt. 1675 on the right. Go one block to a stop sign and turn left onto Rt. 1675; go 3.8 miles and make a sharp right, staying on Rt. 1675; go another mile and take Acorn Ano Rd. to the left; go 3.2 miles to Bolthouse Ridge Rd. on the right and follow it to the old strip mine area, which includes a short spur to an old cemetery and a trailhead for some trails through the grassland. Henslow's and Grasshopper sparrows breed in this area. (Checklist of species observed at the Ano Strip Mines courtesy of Stephen Stedman).
Bee Rock in southeastern Pulaski County - From Somerset at the jct. of Rt. 27 and Bypass 80 (light # 3), go east on Bypass 80 approximately 3 miles; turn right (south) on Bypass 914 and go to the first light in approximately 0.3 miles; turn left (east) on Rt. 192 and continue on Rt. 192 approximately 18 miles; turn left just before crossing the Rockcastle River to trails # 529 and # 503. Watch on the left for trail # 529 on the way in; it goes up to an overlook and is 2.2 miles long. To get to trail # 503, continue through the campground and park in the parking area at the end of the road; this trail runs along the river, then goes uphill, crosses Close Road, and intersects with trail # 529, which you can take back down to the main road and then go left back to the parking area for a distance of 6+ miles. Along the road before the campground watch for Prothonotary Warblers along the river, listen for Swainson's and Cerulean warblers along the river on trail # 503, and look for Blue-headed Vireos up on top along trail # 529. Grouse are possible anywhere. Going back west on Hwy. 192, watch on the right for Close Road; it's also within the DBNF and is a good road to bird (Checklist of birds observed at Bee Rock courtesy of Stephen Stedman).
Berea College Forest - An easy drive from exit 75 on I-75 (the southern Berea exit). Just take Route 21 East for about 5 miles to Indian Fort Theatre's parking lot which will be on the left. For more information, check the Berea Forest website.
Boone County Cliffs State Nature Preserve - From I-75, take exit #181 west 5 miles to Burlington. Continue on KY 18 for 6 miles, where Middle Creek Road intersects from the left. Turn left and proceed for 1.9 miles to our parking area. For more information, check the Boone County Cliffs website.
Cove Spring Park Nature Preserve - From I-64, take the Frankfort exit (U.S. 127 North). Follow U.S. 127 North signs through Frankfort and get off Wilkinson Boulevard where U.S. 127 goes north to Owenton. Proceed 300 yards north on U.S. 127 to the park preserve entrance. For more information, check the Cove Spring Park website.
Fishing Creek Recreation Area in Pulaski County - Am Army Corps of Engineers site located on an arm of Lake Cumberland. To get to Fishing Creek from the intersection of Rt. 27 and Business Rt. 80 (light # 4 in Somerset), go west on Rt. 80 about 2.8 miles to Rt. 1248 on the right (a Shell station is at this corner); take Rt. 1248 about 1.6 miles to the end of the road. Scan the lake from this point for divers and other waterbirds. If you have a boat, the mudflats back up the creek to the right about 0.5 mi are good for shorebirds when the lake has been drawn down to winter-pool level; the draw-down usually starts in September (Thanks to Steve Stedman for these directions).
John B. Stephenson Memorial Forest State Nature Preserve in Rockcastle County - A 124-acre wooded gorge with two waterfalls. From Exit 76 on I-75, go east 3.5 miles on KY 21 through Berea, at the Boone Tavern bear right (staying on KY 21) and travel another 5 miles. Turn right (south) on to US 421 and travel 2.6 miles. Turn right on Burnt Ridge Road and travel 0.2 miles, then left on Himanns Fork Road and travel 3.4 miles. Look for a red brick house on the right (box 530); approximately one-tenth of a mile past the house make a sharp left turn down a steep hill on to Anglin Falls Road. Travel 0.9 miles on Anglin Falls Road to a sign that says "Anglin Falls" next to a mailbox marked "542 R2". Turn left and travel 0.2 miles to the parking area/trail head. For more information, check the Anglin Falls website.
Kentucky State Parks near I-75 - Big Bone Lick, Blue Licks Battlefield, Cumberland Falls, Natural Bridge, & others. For more information, check the Kentucky State Parks website.
Mehldahl and Markland Dams on the Ohio River - To get to the Mehldahl Dam, take Kentucky 9 (the AA Highway) south from I-275. Shortly after entering Bracken County, turn left onto Kentucky 2228, then right onto Kentucky 8. After about two miles, watch for the very poorly marked turn to the dam, on the left. To get to Markland Dam, from Interstate 71 take Exit #57 to Kentucky Highway #35 (this is the Kentucky Speedway exit ). Go north on KY #35 to Warsaw, KY ( about 5 miles) & continue until you come to the stop light in Warsaw. Then turn left onto KY #42 & continue south on #42 to the Markland Dam (approximately 5 miles). For more information, check the Cincinnati Birds website.
Owsley Fork Reservoir east of Berea - From I-75, take exit 76 and go 9 miles east (and past the Berea College Forest) on KY 21. A gravel parking area is located next to the reservoir.
Quiet Trails State Nature Preserve in Harrison County - From Cynthiana, take U.S. 27 north approximately 10 miles. Turn right onto KY 1284, which leads into Sunrise. Continue on Pugh's Ferry Road after crossing the four-way intersection. The preserve is located on the right, 1.8 miles from the intersection. For more information, check the Quiet Trails website.
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary in Fayette County - From I-75, take exit 99 (Old Richmond Road), turn left onto Old Richmond Road (U.S. 25) and continue about 4.8 miles. Then turn left onto Jacks Creek Road. Raven Run is 5.2 miles down Jacks Creek Road, on the left. For more information, check the Raven Run website.