I1 - Mullins Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
From(near Covington) I-75 take Exit 166 to left on KY 2363. Take left onto Eads Rd. 1 mile N. of Crittenden, located in Kenton Co.
Habitat and Trail Info: The 266 acre terrain consists of level to rolling land with some steep hills, woods, grasslands and food plots. Dirt roads within this area are for farm machinery only. Mobility impaired access to permit holders in designated area. Parking is at the entrance only. (859) 428-2262.
Wildlife Viewing Opportunities: Dove, squirrel, rabbit, quail and groundhog can be found here. Dog training, bird-watching and berry picking are allowed. No camping or horseback riding allowed.
I2 - Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
From Mullins WMA take KY 2363 back to right on US 25 to left on KY 491 to entrance to the Lloyd area and parking lot.
Habitat and Trail Info: 1,179 acres located in Grant Co. 1 mile southeast of Crittenden. Dirt roads in this area for hiking, birding and nature trail through giant hardwoods, one of the state's oldest virgin tree stands.
The terrain is level to rolling with some steep hills and also farmland, brush and woods. Trap, skeet rifle and archery ranges, dog training and field trials are available. The small fishing lake is handicap accessible. No camping or horsebacking riding is allowed. (859) 428-2262.
Wildlife Viewing Opportunities: Dove, squirrel, rabbit, quail, groundhog, deer, turkey, red and gray fox, red-tailed and sparrow hawk, pileated woodpecker and bluebirds can be found here. Wildflowers, prairie grasses and giant hardwoods attract songbirds and butterflies.
I3 - Kincaid Lake State Park
From WMA take KY 491 to right on KY 17. Right onto US 27. Take US 27 S. to Fallmouth. Right on KY 22 to left on KY 159 approximately 5 miles. (859) 654-3531.
Facilities: Has all the ingredients that make it a popular family retreat for campers, fishermen and wildlife watchers alike. Explore miles of shoreline in a small rental boat. The full-service campground offers quiet seclusion surrounded by open woodlands. 183-acre lake with marina, hiking, picnicking, fishing and swimming in the community pool
Habitat and Trail Info: 2.5 miles of trails lead into an area that was former farmland and pastures. There are a good variety of habitats in a realitvely short hike, including riparian woodlands and old fields converting to young woods on the ridge tops.
Wildlife Viewing Opportunities: Mixed stands of maple, beech, oak and red cedar harbor wild turkey, white tailed deer, foxes, eastern bluebird, eastern towhee and fly catchers. Also, watch for wood ducks, Canada geese, mallards, kingfishers and herons.
I4 - Quiet Trails
From Kincaid Lake SP take KY159 S to KY 22. Take KY 22 to Falmouth. Then take US27 South to left on KY1284 to Sunrise. Continue on Pugh's Ferry Rd (Very Narrow) after crossing four way intersection. Preserve is on right.
Habitat and Trail Info: 110 acre preserve-ridges and ravines that border the main channel of the Licking River where more than 20 species of mussels have been identified. Three miles of trails pass through old fields and maturing oak-hickory woods to the riverbank.
Wildlife Viewing Opportunities: red-tailed hawk, saw-whet owl, eastern cottontail rabbit, gray squirrel, raccon, groundhog, vole and white footed mouse. More than 100 species each of birds, wildflowers and trees have been recorded.
I5 - Blue Licks Battlefield State Park
Take Pugh's Rd. to left on KY 1284 to Claysville. Take US 62 to Kentontown to Thomas Road. Take Thomas Rd., then bare right on KY 617 to KY 165 and Piqua to US 68 to Blue Licks Battlefield State Park. Approx. 20 miles S of Maysville and 48 miles NE of Lexington. (859) 289-5507
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park commemorates more than one era of history! Salt springs at Blue Licks attracted prehistoric mammoths and formed a center of Indian life, then later proved important to frontiersmen like Daniel Boone, who was captured here by Indians while operating salt works. During the 19th century, the mineral springs were a popular health resort. Blue Licks is most renowned as the site of the last battle of the Revoluntary War in Kentucky.
Facilities: Lodge and dining room, cottages, museum, full-service campground, picnicking, trails, boat ramp/river access and fishing. Planned year-round interpretive programs and special events. Guided canoe trips on Licking River.
Habitat and Trail Info: Dry ridge tops and an extensive riparian zone along the Licking River offers a diverse habitat for wildlife viewing. The park is situated on a large peninsula and is bordered by nearly 3 miles of the river. A trail system of nearly 4 miles will lead you through woodlands, savannah and floodplain. Great birding trail.
Wildlife Viewing Opportunities: Abundant sightings of red-tailed and Cooper hawks, American kestrel, pileated woodpecker, northern flicker, kingfishers and herons. Songbirds include eastern bluebird, barn and rough-winged swallows, white-throated and song sparrows, wrens, eastern kingbird and eastern meadowlark. Fox squirrel, red fox, raccoons, deer, chipmunks and groundhogs are common mammal species. Look for the federally endagered Short's Goldenrod in late summer in the park's nature preserve.
I6 Clay Wildlife Management Area
From Blue Licks Battlefield SP take US 68 towards Millersburg/Carlisle to Hwy 32. Clay WMA is 8 miles NE of Carlisle on KY 32. Take KY 3315 to area.
This area contains 5790 acres and two entrances (watch for area signs) and is located in Nicholas and Fleming counties.
Habitat and Trail Info: The habitat is primarily woodlands with 1700 cleared acres. The terrain is steep to rolling. Access consists of 25 miles of old roads, trails and maintained roads. Trail access is from maintained roads. There is a maintained 1 mile trail at the designated wildlife viewing areas. There are fishing opportunities and a boat ramp on the Licking River at the eastern boundary. Camping is allowed in designated areas only. (859) 289-2564.
Wildlife Viewing Opportunities: squirrel, deer, dove, quail, grouse, rabbit, raccon, otter, turkey, groundhog and fox can be found in this area. Resident and migrant songbirds are common.