About the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge
Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge is a 500-acre preserve,
located 13 miles from Danville in the Parksville knob land
and bordering a stretch of the beautiful North Rolling Fork.
The refuge is open to all as a protected area for the
enjoyment and study of nature in its many fascinating forms
-- a large, typical area of Boyle County set aside as a
permanent sanctuary for plant and animal forms native to
Central Kentucky, to be enjoyed by future generations. It is
open year-round from dawn to dusk.
If you like the outdoors, you will discover here a chance to
escape the crowds and traffic and find enrichment in the
simple beauty of nature. Birds, animals, plants and other
forms of wildlife may be seen on each visit, and they vary
with the changing seasons. See the
Trails page for trail descriptions.
are encouraged to record each visit in the Guest Register
near the door of the Mary Ashby Cheek Nature Center. The
Center houses information about the area, displays, and
educational materials. It is open by appointment. See the
Contact Us page.
Fred Loetscher Bird Blind near
the caretaker's home provides close-up views of feeding
birds for study and photography and also includes a Guest
Register for recording visitors and numbers of species seen.
The feeders are stocked from October through May. During
that time, one may easily see 12 to 15 species in a
half-hour visit—more during spring and fall migrations.
Common resident species include Northern Cardinal,
Bluejay, Carolina Chickadee,
American Goldfinch, Downy Woodpecker, and White-Breasted
Nuthatch, to name a few.
wildflower walks, hikes, and star-gazing events are open to
the public. See the Events
page for dates and times.
The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit
organization and relies on volunteers and donations for its
upkeep. See the Membership and
Donations page for more information.