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​Crooked Creek Barrens State Nature Preserve was established when the original 60-acre tract was dedicated on June 15, 1999. Today, 728 acres make up this unique preserve in Lewis County. The preserve features a unique oak barrens community and adjacent oak-hickory forest. Prairie species such as big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), and prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum var. luciae-brauniae) occur in the barrens areas. This site also protects five rare plant species: starry false Solomon's seal (Maianthemum stellatum), white rattlesnake root (Prenanthes alba), slender blazing-star (Liatris cylindracea), earleaf foxglove (Agalinis auriculata) and scarlet Indian paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea).​

A 1.35 mile hiking trail opened to the public on July 15, 2017 in partnership with Lewis County Fiscal Court.


Access Type: Open to Public
County: Lewis
Region: Eastern Region
Size: 728
Owner: Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves

Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves

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Long: -83.5701
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