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Lilley Cornett Woods, Kentucky
Lilley Cornett Woods

Lilley Cornett Woods is one of the largest protected tracts of old-growth forest in Kentucky. It is located on KY 1103 at Skyline in Letcher county, between Whitesburg and Hazard. A National Natural Landmark and state wildlife refuge, Lilley Cornett Woods covers 554 acres, with 252 acres of old-growth forest.

The tracts that make up the Woods were purchased by Lilley Cornett during the middle part of the twentieth century and sold to the Commonwealth of Kentucky by his heirs in 1969. The purchase was made possible by a combination of state, federal, and private Nature Conservancy funds.

Lilley Cornett Woods is managed by Eastern Kentucky University and is open to the public by guided tours only.

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