New Nature Center Hours

Monday – 1pm to 4pm
Tuesday – 1pm to 4pm
Wednesday – 1pm to 4pm
Friday – 1pm to 4pm

Take a Walk with Tavia

Take a Walk with Tavia! As Tavia explores the forest and gardens, she’ll share her discoveries.

Woodland Garden Volunteers

Do you like to work in the garden? Come join us Tuesdays and Fridays 9am – 11am.

Thrive Forest School

We are the region’s first nature-based preschool! We’ve removed the walls and brought child-led, exploratory learning to where it makes the most impact: outside.

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Your support will keep our future bright!

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is an adventurous wonderland for children of all ages. All year long, we encourage and guide children to explore our 170-acres of rolling woodlands, creeks, waterfalls, 9.5 miles of trails, and open grasslands.


Be part of the magic!

The Nature Preserve would like you to join our wonderful group of volunteers! Whether you have only a little time here and there, or would like to schedule a regular weekly session helping, your help is greatly appreciated!

Our Attractions at Creasey Mahan

Visitor quote, “Every time I visit, it’s nicer than the time before.”

Mahan Manor

Mahan Manor was originally built from 1806-1808 as a two-story log cabin (the original structure is shown above between the chimneys). The home was given as a wedding gift to Virginia and Howard in 1921, by Virginia’s family.

Nature center

The Nature Center is the Nature Preserve’s main educational facility, offering four dioramas: wetlands, woodlands, Native American life and artifacts, and Kentucky fish.

The Nature Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1pm – 4pm.


Along Mahan Lane, just past the arbor into the forested trail area, visitors will notice our spectacular garden centerpiece for the area! The Woodland Garden ultimately will encompass a 6-acre area, with room to grow. When completed, this garden will be one of the largest native wildflower and fern gardens in the United States.



With miles of winding trails, there is a walk for everyone! Hike through lush forests, white pine stands, native grass meadows, wetlands, springs, and meandering streams. From quiet forest paths to broad grassy avenues, Creasey Mahan is ideal for local hiking, trail running, and nature exploration.

Conner Hicks, Troop 984, built the much needed kiosk at the trailhead entering the forest area of the Preserve.


We have so much to offer, where do you even start!? With miles of trails, and so many sights to see it can be daunting to navigate the Nature Preserve, luckily we’ve got you covered! You can find extensive maps and information about where to go, and what to see.


Mature woodland along streams and waterways, hills crowned with white pines, sunny wildflower meadows and shady stony ravines–varied topography and stages of woodland growth makes CMNP a magical place to learn and explore.

Upcoming Events

thrive camp

Thrive Forest Camps

June 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, June 27-July June 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 11-15, 18-22, 25-29 Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 12:30pm or Tuesday, Thursday 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Fun in the sun and mud for campers 3-6 and 7-11 years of age. Hiking, climbing, splashing, building, and exploring!

Grounds Hours

Grounds are open from dawn to dusk 365-days of the year. The public restrooms are open from dawn to dusk 365-days a year; located in the “barn.”

Nature Center Hours

The Nature Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1pm – 4pm..

Office Hours

Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 502-228-4362 or email

2022 Butterfly Ball Appeal Video by Richard Van Kleeck

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