Little Wolf Nature Preserve

Preserving Beautiful Kentucky

Archive for July, 2008

Jul
29

Jim & Gene Fish and Camp

Posted by Timm

Jim and Gene fished in Jimmy Pond this weekend, and the fish weren’t biting much.  It was very hot and sticky, the hottest we’ve had in a while.  Just standing around it felt like you were wearing a fur parka over a wet suit while swimming laps in lava.  But the two fishermen seemed to enjoy just being out in nature.

Jim & Gene Fishing in Jimmy Pond

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Gene (left) and Jim fish for bass and bluegill in Jimmy Pond with Little Wolf Peak in the background.

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Jul
29

Storm Clouds

Posted by Timm

We had a couple of brief storms this weekend that produced some ominous cloud displays.

Storm Over Little Wolf Peak

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This thunderstorm raged to the south and sent a few clouds over Little Wolf Peak.

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Jul
28

Mushrooms Galore

Posted by Timm

It was shroomy this weekend at Little Wolf Nature Preserve.  Often in wet periods there will be an explosion of mushrooms.  As you hike the trails, it seems like around every corner there is a new patch of mushrooms, different than any you have seen so far.  It’s hard to believe there are so many types of mushrooms in the world, much less the variety found just here in the Preserve.  Of course we don’t the eat any of the mushrooms.  That’s like playing Russian roulette with a six shooter and five bullets.

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Jul
23

Green Carpet

Posted by Timm

Feature Type: Plant
Trail: Hurricane Ridge Trail
Region: Hurricane Ridge
Elevation: 1870′

Green Carpet is a large area of plush moss that lines much of the cliffs along Hurricane Ridge.

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Jul
23

Kim’s Crocodile Rock

Posted by Timm

Feature Type: Rock
Trail: Hurricane Ridge Trail
Region: Hurricane Ridge
Elevation: 1865′
Named for: Kim Krenning

Crocodile Rock is a car-sized boulder perched on the edge of a 60′ cliff on Hurricane Ridge. The rock looks like a crocodile head with a hungry smile.

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Jul
23

Cool Ridge Overlook

Posted by Timm

Feature Type: Viewpoint
Trail: Cool Ridge Trail
Region: Cool Ridge
Elevation: 1535′

Cool Ridge Overlook is a gorgeous vista (especially in the fall) of North Woods and East Woods, with Two Brothers Mountain in the background.  Stop for a nice lunch at the nearby Picnic Point. To reach this spot, you have to climb the steep Cool Ridge Trail or Dome Woods Trail, but you’ll find it worth the trip!

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Jul
23

The Chute

Posted by Timm

Chute Feature Type: Water
Trail: Chute Trail
Region: Lower Wetlands
Elevation: 1080′

Jimmy Pond drains through the Lower Wetlands in a small channel, which opens up over some hard rock to form The Chute, a beautiful and near-constant 10-foot waterfall.  The water continues on through another tight channel, causing it to roar loudly after a good rain. There is a bench next to the falls, which is a great place to sit and escape, as the only thing you can hear is the rush of the water.

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Jul
23

Big Flat Rock

Posted by Timm

Feature Type: Rock
Trail: Hollow Staircase
Region: Hazel’s Cathedral
Elevation: 1300′

Big Flat Rock is a room-sized boulder in Hazel’s Cathedral with a flat top that’s great for picnicking or resting a spell before you climb the Hollow Staircase Trail.  From the top of Big Flat Rock you have a wonderful view of the Hazel’s Cathedral, Tree Perch, The V and The Hollow.

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Jul
23

Beaver Dam

Posted by Timm

Feature Type: Wildlife structure
Trail: Pond Loop
Region: Jimmy Pond
Elevation: 1090′

Beavers built a dam in the spring of 2005 at the outlet of Jimmy Pond.  Beavers build dams so that the entrance to their lodge remains under water and inaccessible to predators, such as coyotes and bear.  The dam is usually strong enough for a human to walk across, though your boots may get a little wet.  The beavers left Jimmy Pond in early 2007.

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Jul
21

Angel’s Landing

Posted by Timm

Feature Type: Viewpoint
Trail: Rocky Road
Region: North Woods
Elevation: 1350′

Angel’s Landing is a beautiful viewpoint off Rocky Road.

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    Little Wolf Nature Preserve is a private preserve located in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Southern Kentucky, USA.

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