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Floracliff Nature Sanctuary

8000-8110 County Road 2898

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary was started in 1989 and dedicated as a Kentucky State Nature Preserve on March 15, 1996, the first in Fayette County. It is organized as a non-profit private foundation and managed by an independent board of directors in conjunction with the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission. Although the sanctuary is open by appointment only, it offers a variety of walks, volunteer events, research opportunities and hands-on workshops to interested individuals and groups.

The Mission of Floracliff's board of directors is to care for the sanctuary property, ensure its protection as a nature preserve and promote public education of the natural history of the Inner Bluegrass region. In its stewardship, the directors are guided by principles laid down by Floracliff's founder, Dr. Mary Wharton.

In Our Vision, Floracliff's uplands and gorges are a prime example of the Inner Bluegrass watershed of the Kentucky River. Its land and native flora and fauna will be a living model and inspiration for promoting understanding and appreciation of the region's ecology, landscape and cultural heritage.

We Invite you to enjoy this web site, to visit and appreciate Floracliff's treasures and to help realize and support its contributions to Central Kentucky's environment and citizens.


Richard Coldiron

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Amazing place and amazing staff, they host many events about the native wildlife and fauna. The landscape is beautiful, great for a family outing. I learn so much with each visit. The floracliff staff are amazing and very knowledgeable.

doreen maloney

Saturday, May 12, 2018
One of the most beautiful preserves in the state of Kentucky


Wednesday, June 14, 2017
I attended a class on microinvertabrates and fish of Kentucky here. The class of very informative and they have a great building on site to host the event. There are also good trails to go hiking, but the site is only open on appointment or doing events.

Patrick Ferguson

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Good people doing good work!

Kathleen Crosmer

Saturday, April 15, 2017
Great place to go for guided hikes, the staff are very knowledgeable and good at describing all the plants and wildlife. They host a variety of hikes throughout the year, as well as programs focusing on specific animals.

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