An Overview of the Nature Preserve

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is a non-profit public charity established in 1975 through the legacy of Virginia Creasey Mahan and Howard Mahan.

The Nature Preserve is a 170-acre family friendly destination in Goshen. In 2018 alone, 48,000 visitors were served through community events, school field trips, athletic practices and races and fun programs.

Mahan Manor in Fall

Mahan Manor

Mahan Manor was originally built in 1805 as a two-story log cabin (the original structure is shown in the image above, between the chimneys). The home was given as a wedding gift to Virginia and Howard in 1921, by Virginia’s family.

Nature Center - Bear Cub 3

Nature Center

The Nature Center is the Nature Preserve’s main educational facility. It offers a bird blind, wildlife habitat garden, crafts, four dioramas, and a Magical Forest for Toddlers. It is also a rich resource for students, teachers, and parents who want to learn about Kentucky’s biological diversity and (…)

Will Gabay, Troop 170, built benches in the Woodland Garden to give visitors a peaceful spot to enjoy the wild flowers.

Woodland Garden

Just past the arbor into the forested trail area, visitors will notice our spectacular garden centerpiece! The Woodland Garden encompasses 2-acres and features native wildflowers and ferns. Don’t miss the bridges over the stream and waterfall.

TenSpin with young kids


The Nature Preserve is thrilled to have been the site of the City of Goshen’s Harmony Park Playground for the last 16 years. However, the playground equipment is aging, so we have worked hard to present phase one of the Forest Friends Playground.

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 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.

Red-winged Blackbird Female 2


Mature woodland along streams and waterways, diverse animal Species, 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.



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. Friendly dogs on leash are welcome (bring pick-up bags). No bikes allowed.