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A tributary to the Kentucky River, Lower Howard's Creek flows through a deep, twisting gorge. Second growth forests cover the slopes and cliff tops, and a showy array of spring wildflowers grace the valley bottoms. The steep topography has left refuge for two rare plants, the federally endangered running buffalo clover (Trifolium stoloniferum) and water stitchwort (Stellaria fontinalis), listed as threatened by the KNP. Located downstream from Fort Boonesborough, Lower Howard's Creek valley was an industrial center for water-powered stone milling in the 18th and 19th centuries. Five of the stone buildings that remain are on the National Register of Historic Places, and one can still find the rock fences and hike the historic wagon road winding down into the steep, forested gorge. 

KNP and the Clark County Fiscal Court dedicated the first 228 acres of Lower Howard's Creek in southwestern Clark County on Jan. 22, 2001. Additions through the KHLCF has brought the preserve to its current 423 acres.

Clark County was awarded the KHLCF Stewardship Award in 2011 for its outstanding management of this important area.

To see a full listing of events visit the Friends of Lower Howard's Creek website.


Lower Howard's Creek features a historical hiking trail with creek side views and beautiful displays of wildflowers in the spring. Please note that the John Holder Trail is the only trail that is open to the public. Visits to other trails are by appointment only. Please contact Friends of Lower Howard's Creek for more information.

Access Type: By Appointment Only
County: Clark
Region: Bluegrass Region
Size: 423.59
Owner: Clark County Fiscal Court
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Lat: 37.919442
Long: -84.273751
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