Take a Walk with Tavia
Take a Walk with Tavia! As Tavia explores the forest and gardens, she’ll share her discoveries.
How you can help
Your help through volunteering and donations makes all the difference. It helps us continue to serve you and the thousands of children whom visit.
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.
Our Attractions at Creasey Mahan
Visitor quote, “Every time I visit, it’s nicer than the time before.”
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.
The Nature Center is the Nature Preserve’s main educational facility, offering four dioramas: wetlands, woodlands, Native American life and artifacts, and Kentucky fish.
ALERT: The Nature Center is closed until further notice. Our goal is to limit public gatherings at this time.
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 over 9 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.
We have so much to offer, where do you even start!? With 9 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.
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
ALERT: the Nature Center is closed until further notice. Our goal is to limit public gatherings at this time.
Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call us at 502-228-4362 or email at email@example.com.