Hiking-Dupree Nature Preserve
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
I forgot to make an entry after this weekend's hike. Manfriend and I struck out yet again, this time to the Nature Conservancy’s newest nature preserve in Kentucky: the Dupree Nature Preserve.
Because this was a brand new preserve, the trails were fairly well marked and maintained. There were some things not yet established as shown on the map. For instance, the pavilion and the "Cliff Trail" were still not in place yet. All the trails were very easy with almost no elevation shifts. The day was like a "walk in the park", rather than a real hike. It was enjoyable, nonetheless. The overlooks of the Kentucky River were nice and there were quite a lot of benches available to rest and enjoy the environment.
Manfriend and I covered every foot of trail in the preserve, with the exception of the aforementioned Cliff Trail, which has not yet been established. This made for about 4 miles of trail (according to my FitBit). The most difficult was the River trail and is only classified as "moderate" because the trail is a straight shot on a steady, slightly graded decline to the river and then, of course, the return was incline on the way back up. All and all it was a pleasant outing, despite the lack of challenge. I imagine this will be a very popular site, when it's all finished, and will appeal to all ages and fitness levels. For those more physically fit, I imagine it will be a great trail running destination.
"Dangerous Cliffs". Plenty of these signs were placed around the Overlook Trail. There were some pretty treacherous drop offs.
Here was the scene at the end of the River Trail. If it the weather were hotter, and I younger, this would have been a delightful discovery. Care for a swim, anyone?
A tractor? Also at the base of the River Trail. I don't know what this is but we guessed it the remnants of an old tractor...definitely very old.
I plan on taking my daughter here. She has voiced an interest in hiking but I have questions about her endurance level. This will be a perfect place to test her ability to go multiple miles, without the added challenge of elevation climbs.