COVID-19 and Floracliff Operations (Updated March 20, 2020):
The health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers are our top priority at Floracliff. Due to concerns and uncertainties about COVID-19, all guided hikes are canceled through April 30, 2020. If you are registered for a hike, we will be in touch with you as soon as possible regarding refunds or ticket transfers. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We wish you all the best of health and hope to see you on the trails soon!
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Learn the basics of tree identification and how to record your observations using two different apps.Find out more »
Over 100 species of woody plants grow in the woodlands and forests of Floracliff. On this hike, we’ll learn to identify both common and unusual species that live along the banks of Elk Lick Creek.Find out more »
Apart from the major trees in our forests, smaller woody plants add greatly to the diversity of our ecosystems. We can use the same skills and field characters that are used to identify the oaks, maples, and other major trees, and apply them to learning the many understory woody plants that add to the complexity of our native vegetation. Understory shrubs and small trees can also help us understand a site’s soil characteristics and disturbance history. This workshop will include a morning hike at Floracliff and an afternoon hike in the Daniel Boone National Forest.Find out more »
Enjoy a full hour immersed in a select location of Floracliff with some of our favorite trees. Starting 2 hours before sunset, this program offers the opportunity to slow down, connect to nature, and disconnect from electronic devices while sketching, journaling, or meditating.Find out more »
Join us for our annual fall long hike. This hike will cover about 5 miles and will feature the Kentucky River, Elk Lick Falls, Elk Lick Creek, and the oldest documented tree in Fayette County.Find out more »
End your day with a quiet and relaxing “magic hour” hike at Floracliff. We will hike down to the Kentucky River, taking in the early evening sunlight shining through the trees and reflecting off the palisade cliffs.Find out more »
Elk Lick Falls, the Kentucky River Fault, and the Evolution of the Kentucky River Gorge: A Geologist’s Perspective
The remarkable topography at Floracliff and Elk Lick Falls is the result of a series of geological events beginning some 400 million years ago with the epicontinental seas of the Ordovician Age. More recently the Kentucky River fault zone, the continental glaciers of the Pleistocene Ice Age, and the evolution of the Ohio River all have had their effects on Floracliff scenery. We will explore the remnants of the seas that covered the area and the rich marine fauna that lived then as well as the evidence for distant volcanoes during that time. With a visit to the falls and to the Kentucky River Gorge we will explore the reasons for their existence. Along the way we will see the effects of the Kentucky River Fault, estimate its immense vertical displacement and see evidence for the river's former existence as a meandering stream over 300 feet above its present position.Find out more »
This hike will cover about 5 miles and will feature Trail’s End, the Kentucky River, Elk Lick Falls, Elk Lick Creek, and the oldest documented tree in Fayette County.Find out more »
If you are considering birdwatching as a new hobby, wintertime is a great time to start. We will cover winter birds of the forest and backyard and provide information on how to participate in one of the longest running citizen science programs.Find out more »
Winter is a great time to enjoy the view of the Kentucky River Palisades. Join us as we descend 300' from the uplands of Floracliff along the old road to the Kentucky River floodplain. We'll walk through river bottoms where farmers once grew corn, tobacco, and hemp, visit a large pawpaw patch, and see the old house that was built after another washed away in the flood of 1937.Find out more »
Join us for a hike along the Floracliff uplands and down to the junction of Evan's Branch and Elk Lick Creek. Depending on the water level, we may cross the creek for a longer hike. Along the way we'll keep an eye out for birds and learn a bit of natural history.Find out more »
Enjoy two hours at the charming Trail's End Lodge and adjacent grounds to write, create, or meditate. This program offers the opportunity to slow down, connect to nature, and disconnect from electronic devices. We'll provide hot tea and a warm fire. At the end of the program, participants will have a chance to share as much or as little as they want.Find out more »
Join J&H Lanmark and Floracliff for an afternoon outing celebrating friendship and the love you have for your lady friends. Take a hike with your gal pals and enjoy some much needed time in the forest on this day of ladies celebrating ladies. Thanks to J&H Lanmark, you’ll have a chance to win some great outdoor swag!Find out more »
Trees reveal distinctive clues to their identities in every season. Join arborist and naturalist, Nathan Skinner, to learn how to identify trees in winter by observing bark, buds, and leaf scars.Find out more »
The earliest of spring wildflowers may be peeping out from under the leaves for this late winter hike. Join us as we explore a few of Vicki's favorite trails and celebrate the signs of the season.Find out more »
This hike will feature the Kentucky River, Elk Lick Falls, Elk Lick Creek, and trees dating to the 1600s. We may even see some early spring wildflowers such as hepatica, purple cress, and snow trillium.Find out more »
Instructor: Dr. Neil Pederson
Tree rings provide precise annual and seasonal information on climate, ecology, and competition over several centuries. In this dendro-ecology workshop, participants will learn the methods that tree ring scientists use to learn the language of trees. By the end of the day, participants will learn how to interpret the information we get from tree rings over the long lives of trees and have experience coring a tree.Find out more »
End your day with a quiet and relaxing “magic hour” hike at Floracliff. Starting two hours before sunset, this hike will feature Elk Lick Falls and the oldest documented chinkapin oak in Kentucky.Find out more »
This wildflower hike will cover natural history, folklore, pollinator relationships, and other information about some of our early spring ephemerals.Find out more »
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