|Gladie Creek Historic Site, Red River Gorge|
This historic site lies within the Red River Gorge Geologic Area, a National Natural Landmark recognized for its great diversity. Red River, Kentucky’s first National Wild and Scenic River, adjoins the site and Natural State Resort Park is nearby.
Yatesville Lake WMA Wetlands Viewing Area
|Description: Within this 16,000-acre WMA, a special viewing area is set aside on a 1-acre bluff overlooking three 1-acre wetlands managed for waterfowl. Each impoundment is managed differently to provide a variety of habitat conditions, complemented by nearby Cherokee Creek.|
Wildflowers reach peak brilliance in late June. WMA also includes upland hardwoods, fields, and 2242-acre lake with additional viewing opportunities.
Wildlife to Watch: Wood duck, mallard, black duck, and bufflehead are common; other migratory ducks on the Mississippi flyway also stop over. Swallows, belted kingfisher, and great blue and green heron use the impoundments, as do beaver, mink, and other freshwater mammals. A wildflower plot next to the parking lot provides habitat for humming birds, butterflies, American goldfinch, and other songbirds. Best waterfowl viewing is November-March. Look for wood duck spring through fall; teal and bufflehead in September-early October. Migratory shorebirds are present September-November and again in spring. Belted kingfisher, swallows, and heron may be seen throughout summer.
Special Tips: Self-guided tours; guided tours by appointment.
Ownership: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; managed by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Size: 4 acres
Closest Town: Blaine
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