Clay Hill Memorial Forest

7426 Old Lebanon Road
Campbellsville, KY - 42718

Type: Parks, Hiking Trails
(270) 465-9570
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Clay Hill Memorial Forest, located near Campbellsville, Kentucky, is a unique natural area dedicated to conservation, education, and the preservation of native woodlands. Established in 1967 by Dr. Charles E. Smith, a biology professor at Campbellsville University, the forest encompasses approximately 90 acres of diverse hardwood forest and serves as an outdoor laboratory for ecological research and education.

One of the distinguishing features of Clay Hill Memorial Forest is its ancient old-growth trees, some of which are estimated to be over 300 years old. These towering trees, including varieties such as oak, hickory, maple, and beech, provide a habitat for a wide range of plant and animal species and offer visitors a glimpse into the natural history of the region.

The forest is crisscrossed by a network of hiking trails that wind through the woods, allowing visitors to explore the beauty and diversity of the landscape at their own pace. Along the trails, interpretive signs provide information about the forest's ecology, history, and conservation efforts, offering insights into the importance of preserving and protecting native woodlands.

In addition to its recreational and educational opportunities, Clay Hill Memorial Forest is also actively involved in scientific research and conservation efforts. The forest serves as a living laboratory for students and researchers studying topics such as forest ecology, biodiversity, and ecosystem dynamics, contributing valuable data and insights to the field of environmental science.

Clay Hill Memorial Forest is open to the public for hiking, nature observation, and educational activities, providing a peaceful and tranquil retreat for visitors to connect with nature and learn about the importance of preserving our natural heritage. Whether you're a nature lover, a student of ecology, or simply looking for a place to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, Clay Hill Memorial Forest offers a memorable and enriching experience for visitors of all ages.

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