The Jeffreys Cliffs Conservation & Recreation Area is a 230-acre heritage land preserve located in Hancock County, Kentucky and is located four miles east of Hawesville, KY on US 60 at the intersection of US 60 and KY 1406. The trailhead and parking are ¼ mile north on KY 1406 on the right. The preserve consists of areas of abandoned pasture, mature forest, a 90-acre sandstone plateau, high cliffs, and several large rock shelters. The area is made up of both lower and upper sections with a total of over 6 ½ miles of hiking trails.
The lower area consists of 140-acres of abandoned pasture and mature forest. It has a ½ mile frontage along KY 1406 where the trail head and the public parking area is located. This area has 2 ½ miles of hiking trails providing access to cliffs and the two largest rock shelters of the formation: Morgans Cave, and the Tobacco Cave.
The upper area consists of a 90-acre sandstone plateau surrounded by cliffs from 75 to 120 feet high. There are 3 ½ miles of hiking trails atop this formation. These trails must be accessed by way of a series of stairs that ascend the cliffs from the lower area at the location known as Mossy Gap. The upper trails run the 1 ½ mile length of the plateau and offer several sandstone outcroppings with views of the surrounding countryside.
Jeffreys Cliffs is open to the public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday year-round. Gates are opened at sunrise and closed at sunset on those days. The area is closed to the public on Monday through Thursday except for certain holidays and school breaks. To see the current calendar, you can visit our Jeffreys Cliffs Facebook page or check our website, www.jeffreyscliffs.org. You will also find area information and trail maps on the AlllTrails app and website by searching for Jeffreys Cliffs.
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