Little Wolf Nature Preserve

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Archive for the ‘Named Objects’ Category

Oct
16

Sunlight in Hazel’s Cathedral

Posted by Timm

Hazel's Cathedral

One of our favorite places in Little Wolf Nature Preserve is Hazel’s Cathedral, named after my mother, Hazel.  This cathedral built by God sits in a hanging valley on Little Wolf Mountain.  The horseshoe-shaped mountain rises sharply on both sides, covered with towering trees that filter the sunlight.  The valley is tucked so deeply in the mountain that the only sound we hear are crickets, frogs and wind.

Aug
16

Hannah’s Death on a Stick

Posted by Timm

Feature Type: Plant
Trail: Bogway
Region: Dome Woods
Elevation: 1375′

The Bogway Trail is naturally swampy and full of cattail, which Hannah has named "Death on a Stick."  We also like to think of them as "Life on a Stick," given that they represent the circle of life with seeds that will ensure a new generation of cattail.

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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
20

Jimmy Pond

Posted by Timm

Feature Type: Water
Trails: Pond Loop, Darby Lane
Elevation: 1090′
Named for: Jim Hoctor

Jimmy Pond (aka: Pond, James Pond) is a 1-acre mountain-fed pond.  It remains clear much of the year because it has a nearly constant supply of fresh water from Rocky Branch and an active drain through the Chute.

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Jul
20

Lauren’s Turtle Head Rock

Posted by Timm

Feature Type: Rock
Trail: Hollow Staircase Trail
Region: Hollow West
Elevation: 1340′
Named for: Lauren Von Moll

Lauren’s Turtle Head Rock is a boulder on the steep climb up the Hollow Staircase Trail.  The turtle is always smiling because he gets to watch over this beautiful part of the forest.

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Jul
20

Angel’s Sidetrack Trail

Posted by Timm

Trail Type: Maintained trail
Distance: 0.16 miles
Elevation Change: 25 feet
Difficulty: Moderate
Starting Point: Peanut Lane, 1250′
Ending Point: Sunny Spot, 1275′
Named for: Angelique Hoctor

Angel’s Sidetrack Trail climbs above Peanut Lane, walks through the pretty Angel Hill forest, and ends up in the Sunny Spot.  You climb to a nice peaceful stop that looks up a ravine.  The trail flattens and follows Peanut Lane from above.

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Jul
20

Zadee Magic Carpet Trail

Posted by Timm

Trail Type: Maintained trail
Distance: 0.07 miles
Elevation Change: 65 feet
Difficulty: Difficult
Starting Point: Bogway, 1370′
Ending Point: Bees Meadow Loop, 1305′
Named for: Madeline

Zadee Magic Carpet Trail is a delightful walk through the Enchanted Forest on a cushion of pine needles.

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Jul
20

Joel’s Rocky Rock

Posted by Timm

Feature Type: Rock
Trail: Wetlands Trail
Region: Wetlands
Elevation: 1110′
Named for: Joel

Little Joel was unaware that special visitors can name features in Little Wolf Nature Preserve. Naming is often a serendipitous experience, usually the result of the visitor taking a special fancy to something in the Preserve.

When Joel came upon this mini-boulder, he did what every healthy boy would do in his position: climb it! After he scrambled up, we asked him, "Where’s Joel?" To which he replied, "On Joel’s Rocky Rock." And so it was to be!

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Jul
20

Kim 7

Posted by Timm

Feature Type: Topographic
Trail: visible from Bees Meadow Loop
Region: Daniel Boone National Forest, other private property
Elevation: 1600-1900′
Named for: Kim

Kim 7 is giant "7" shape in the trees on the east side of Wolf Mountain.

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Jul
20

Ravenwolf Falls

Posted by Timm

RavenwolfFalls Feature Type: Water
Trail: Ravenwolf Falls Trail
Region: Wetlands
Elevation: 1190′
Named for: David Hoctor

Ravenwolf Falls is a 12-foot waterfall in the Wetlands region and is the largest active falls in the Little Wolf Preserve.   Ravenwolf Falls runs continuously during wet times and after a heavy rainfall.

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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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