Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve has been called "Oldham County's hidden gem!" The Nature Preserve is a 170-acre public charity created in 1975 by Virginia Creasey Mahan and Howard Mahan to enrich the community through conservation, education, preservation and community enjoyment. This area was formerly known as Hill 'O Content Farm. This beautiful location is a popular destination and served 31,000 visitors last year alone. You are invited to leisurely walk through the Woodland Garden, which is in its second year and features large beds with groupings of native wildflowers and ferns. This garden covers almost two acres with the centerpiece being the meandering stream, pond, and peat bog, as well as a special section that demonstrates garden-worthy non-native ferns and wildflowers. On any given day, the visitor may count up to 70 species of ferns and 77 species of wildflowers. There are shaded benches and picnic tables at which to rest and enjoy the scenic view. You also will be guided through the new Hendrik van Nagell Memorial Arboretum. This special area showcases five different types of Magnolias, as well as Dogwoods, Maples, evergreens and a variety of other trees. The Arboretum is inviting and peaceful. The Preserve has something to offer everyone. There are three historic buildings that include a 205 year-old Manor, a newly restored limestone springhouse, the old dairy/tobacco barn that now houses the county's Mahan Library; a natural history museum; picnic areas; a playground; and fields for recreational play. With rolling hills, prairies, woodlands, nine miles of trails, four year-round springs, and picturesque views, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve may become your new favorite place to visit.