Autumn Hikes and Programs at Lower Howard’s Creek
The days are getting shorter, so cooler temperatures will also be here. Fall flowers will be the focus of these hikes: fall asters, sunflowers, wing stem, ironweed, lobelia and goldenrod are just a few that should be in bloom. Most hikes, unless noted, will be moderately strenuous, 3 hours in length, and will meet at the main entrance to the Preserve on Athens-Boonesboro Road. If you are using a GPS to locate the Preserve, our address is 1945 Athens-Boonesboro Road, Winchester, Ky. Karis Day Pumphrey will be offering programs geared especially to children and novice outdoor explorers. She is an environmental scientist who is most interested in educating others about the natural processes of our local environment. Please call to reserve your spot, as we try to keep our groups small to offer the best experience for everyone. (859) 744-4888
- October 15, 1 p.m. This is a Sunday hike, so start time is at 1. We’ll be exploring the Salt Springs Trace that extends the length of the Preserve. Recent work restored this trail to its historic origins, so this will be your chance to hear some of the stories related to the early users of this trail. Moderately strenuous, with multiple creek crossings. This hike will meet at Hall’s on the River.
- October 21, 10:00 a.m. Bill Crankshaw: Dr. Crankshaw is a retired forest ecologist who heads up our volunteer group. Trees should be starting to show color, and most of the understory vegetation should be thinning, but there should still be asters, goldenrod, and snakeroot in bloom. Focus will be more on trees than flowers.
- October 28, 10:00 a.m. Karis Day Pumphrey: This is the day for all our young hikers to come to LHC, as Karis is planning a scavenger hunt to be held along the John Holder Trail. This is a fun way for kids of all ages to learn about their natural environment while soaking up interesting tidbits from an environmental scientist. Karis will be planning more programs for children, so watch for them on this website.
- November 18, 10 a.m. . Most of the flowers will be gone, so our focus will be more on the history of the area, and the ecology of the forest. Cooler temperatures will make more strenuous hikes less stressful, so this hike will explore the loop trail that allows long views to the north and south of the Preserve. Strenuous, with steep climbs, 3 hours in length. Bill Crankshaw will lead the hike.
In case of inclement weather, hikes will be cancelled. Other hikes this fall and winter may have guest tour guides, including archaeologists, forest ecologists, and photographers. Check the website: lowerhowardscreek.org for more information on activities at the Preserve.