Holiday Hikes


The Central KY Wildlife Refuge is offering an opportunity to escape the inevitable stress that comes with the holiday season.  On Saturday, December 22nd the Refuge will host two separate hikes.
The first will start at 10 am and will be the more strenuous of the two.  This hike will go up the Ridge Trail and around the Circle Trail.  Due to the steepness of the Ridge Trail this will be a moderately strenuous hike.
The second hike will leave the parking lot at 2 pm.  Hikers will go up the Blue Trail, down the Brooks Hollow Trail, access the North Rolling Fork via the Roy Ellis Fork Trail, and return on the Woodland Pond Trail.
Both hikes will be approximately two miles in length.  Participants should dress for the weather.

August 11th – Night Walk!

Once a year the Central KY Wildlife Refuge is open to visitors after dark for our night walk. This year the walk will be held on August 11th. The exact nature of the walk will depend on the weather. If the skies are clear enough we will go for a short nature walk and then gather in the meadow by the Island Pond. Weather permitting, we will have access to a telescope for viewing celestial objects. We will also watch for the Perseid meteor shower. If the weather is wet or cloudy we will go on a longer nature walk around the ponds and wetlands area looking and listening for nocturnal creatures. Either way this is always one of the highlights of the year.
Participants should dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. We will meet in the parking lot about 8:00 pm.

Creek Walk on July 18th!

On July 18th from 10am to Noon the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge will host a fun and educational event for participants of all ages. We will meet in a parking area near the bridge on Carpenter Creek Road. From there the participants will take an easy walk down into the North Rolling Fork. Leaders will discuss the many values of the stream and measures to protect it. We will also perform some chemical and biological tests to assess the stream’s health. We will finish up with information about Water Watch, the state’s volunteer water monitoring program . There will be picnic tables available if participants wish to bring their lunch. Learn more on our Facebook event page HERE.

Join Us For TWO Spring Wildflower Walks April 2018

The first Spring Wildflower Walk will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

Dr. Anne Lubbers will lead participants on an easy hike along the Martha Clay Wildflower Trail. Participants should meet at the gate near the trail at 10:00 am. The length of this walk will be about one quarter of a mile.
The second Spring Wildflower Walk will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

Former caretaker Rob Pendygraft will lead participants along the Blue Trail allowing them to view additional species that are not found in other habitats. Participants should meet in the parking lot and wear comfortable walking shoes. The length of this walk will be about one mile.


Spring wildflower at the refuge.

Bird Walk Reminder!

We will be hosting our annual Bird Walk on Saturday, May 6th beginning at 9:00 a.m.!

Granville Cox, a local ornithologist, will be leading the walk from Woodland Pond to Fork Trail.



For more information and updates, follow up on Facebook at Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge!



Meet in the parking lot, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather!

Bringing your own binoculars is always a good idea!

Wildflower Walk, 4/22/2017 Cancelled

Due to the dismal weather forecast, the Last Spring Wildflower Walk scheduled for 4/22/2017 has been cancelled.


We look forward to seeing you at our Annual Bird Walk on Saturday, May 6th!

Annual Bird Walk!

All are welcome to join us for our Annual Bird Walk on Saturday, May 6th! Granville Cos, a local ornithologist, will be leading the walk by Woodland Pond to Fork Trail!

The plan is to meet in the parking lot and leave from there! Please bring your own binoculars to help ensure the best experience! Be sure to dress appropriately and wearing bug spray is always recommended for spring hikes!

For updates, feel free to check here or follow us on Facebook at Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge!

Earth Day at Bluegrass Community and Technical College!

In two Saturdays, we will have a booth at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College to celebrate Earth Day with the community. If you come by, stop by the booth with any questions you may have! There will be lots of great opportunities and information, and we would love to see some folks stop by.


The event is from 11-3 on Saturday, April 22nd!

Spring Work Day!

A thank you to all of our staff and volunteers who worked this past Saturday to clear trash from the roadside, clear out some and invasive species, and do other work that was needed. Three groups from Centre College attended, and we were able to get in a couple solid hours of work!

We will be hosting future work days later in the year, and don’t forget about our upcoming Wildflower Walks on April 8th and April 22nd! You can see more information here

Wildflower Walk(s)!

Coming up on Saturday, April 8th and Saturday, April 22nd, we will be hosting our Wildflower Walks at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge! It is open to everyone and a chance to see some of the beautiful species growing at the Refuge!

All interested folks should meet at the parking lot at 10 a.m!

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