The Nature Conservancy

Located in rural central Kentucky, the Davis Bend Nature Preserve protects more than a mile of beautiful frontage along the south bank of the Green River. Currently the nature preserve features wooded areas intertwined with former agricultural fields that have been restored to a diverse blend of native grasses and wildflowers. Relics of human history – an old barn, a farmhouse and a Civil War era family cemetery – blend easily into the natural landscape. The unique flora, fauna, geology and cultural characteristics of the Upper Green River region are well represented at the Davis Bend Nature Preserve.

Location: Located in Hart County – in the heart of the Conservancy’s highest-priority portion of the Green River basin – which includes the upper Green River, its tributaries and portions of Mammoth Cave National Park.

What’s At Stake: The Davis Bend Nature Preserve contains a mix of moist bottomlands, dry uplands, a sinkhole pond, and countless sinkholes and springs that are important to the water quality of the Green River. These unique  features, habitat diversity and geographic location combine to make this one of North America’s centers for endemism and biodiversity. On land, this includes an abundance of wild turkey, white-tailed deer, rabbits and bob-white quail. Under water, the nature preserve helps to safeguard more than 70 species of freshwater mussels, 150 species of fish, 42 species of troglobites and endemic species like the bottlebrush crayfish.


255 Sims Cemetery Rd. Green River Project Office
Canmer, Kentucky 42722


Phone: 270-576-4795