Jim Beam Sanctuary
The Jim Beam Nature Preserve is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy and the Jim Beam Company.
Positioned in Jessamine and Garrard counties, its trails wind through the Kentucky River Palisades, making its proximity ideal for birders and nature lovers. This natural-occurring gorge cuts down into the oldest rock formations exposed in the state. This natural sanctuary, built in 1995, provides a way for Jim Beam to give back to the land of the company’s roots and protect its valuable land resources. Since that time, the Jim Beam Company has planted 2,000 trees and continues to donate funds for its general care. The cliff tops surrounding the Kentucky River are considered the largest concentration of forest within the Inner Bluegrass region. The preserve not only protects two endangered species of bats but also provides refuge to rare plant and tree species growing among the rocky riverbanks and clifftops.
A one-mile loop features these natural treasures as well as significant stretches of dry-laid stone fences, providing a glimpse into Kentucky’s past. A particular feature of this trail is the overlook of the vast Kentucky River when the leaves are off the trees. Find your way in and around this beautiful nature preserve for which Jim Beam lovingly maintains.