This pre­serve is not far over the Clark County line, in Powell County.

Legend says that it was from this van­tage point, in 1769,  that Kentucky explor­er Daniel Boone, along with his com­pan­ion, John Finley, first glimpsed what is now known as the blue­grass region of Kentucky.

My wife and I hiked up this knob very late in the day. With the part­ly cloudy sky, I was hop­ing we would see a big, beau­ti­ful sun­set. As we made our way up the trail, more dark clouds came in and it start­ed to snow, heav­i­ly at times. I had about giv­en up on get­ting any sun­set col­or. I didn’t want to linger too long at the view­point because it was get­ting dark and the trail was sure to be slick going back down. Fortunately, a small break in the clouds pro­vid­ed some nice col­or for a cou­ple of min­utes. After tak­ing a few pho­tos we hur­ried­ly made our way down the trail, the last part by the light of our headlamps.

View from Pilot Knob Nature Preserve
View from Pilot Knob Nature Preserve (click to enlarge)

  • Wes Moody

    Wes is a retired engi­neer. He and his wife live in rur­al Clark County with their dog and cat. He is a nature and land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy enthu­si­ast, and also enjoys hik­ing and play­ing djembe.