Dinsmore Woods Nature Preserve

Boone County, Kentucky

Old-Growth Forest

This 107-acre natural area is adjacent to the historic Dinsmore Homestead (1842). The preserve has a 1.7-mile walking trail, old-growth forest, and a population of the endangered native species, running buffalo clover.  The deeply-entrenched remnants of a pre-1800 buffalo trace, on which the animals traveled from the Licking River mouth to the Big Bone Lick salt springs, runs beside the trail at the preserve entrance and contains a length of the trail upslope.

Protected by Boone County Parks

In 1985, Mrs. Martha Breasted donated the land to The Nature Conservancy.  In 2010, Boone County used proceeds from the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund to purchase the preserve from the Conservancy.

You can support Boone County Parks by volunteering. Contact the volunteer coordinator or call 859-334-2117.

How to Find Dinsmore Woods

From I-75 (Florence-Burlington exit 181) go west on Route 18 for 10.5 miles.  The preserve entrance is on the right, just past the Dinsmore Homestead. Park at Middle Creek Park parking lot, directly across the road from the entrance trailhead.

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