An Overview of the Nature Preserve
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is a non-profit public charity established 40 years ago in 1975 through the legacy of Virginia Creasey Mahan and Howard Mahan. The Nature Preserve is a 170-acre family friendly destination in Goshen that offers a complete family experience. In 2015 alone, 41,000 visitors were served through monthly events, school field trips, athletic practices and races, fun programs, and community gatherings.
The Preserve maintains three historic buildings and offers a natural history museum for educational programs. With over 9 miles of wooded trails that weave through open grasslands and four year-round springs and waterfalls, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is a wonderful place to relax and take a leisurely hike. Families may enjoy using Harmony Park playground, and visit the library in the Preserve’s old dairy and tobacco barn. They may also have a picnic, camp overnight, walk their dog(s), and fly a kite in one of the open grassy areas. Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve offers something for everyone!
We are open from dawn to dusk 365-days a year. There is no charge for enjoying the Nature Preserve. Although we function like a city park, we are visitor-supported! This is a very unique (and financially challenging) model as a public charity, yet we are beloved by our community. Other than visitor donations and other tax-deductible gifts, we rely heavily on grants and sponsorships in order to fully meet the needs of our visitors.
Hours – Grounds: Open from dawn to dusk 365-days of the year!
Public restrooms: Open from dawn to dusk 365-days a year; located in the “barn”
Nature Center: Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm with free crafts for kids!
Office: Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
FEES – FREE access to the trails and grounds and many events, unless otherwise noted. As a public charity, we are visitor-supported and online donations are greatly appreciated. You may join our Friends Club, too!
RULES – No bicycles or motorized vehicles of any kind are allowed on the grass or grounds. Please park in the parking areas provided. Please have all dogs on leash and pick-up after them! No collecting (not even at the Frog Pond) or hunting is ever allowed.
We are pet-friendly to friendly pets on leash. Please be sure to bring doggy pick-up bags, too! Hundreds of children from local schools practice sports at the Preserve, so please don’t leave a mess behind.
RENTALS – We offer weddings at the Nature Preserve! Please visit our Rentals page on this site or call the office to arrange a tour. We also rent the field house, campground and fire pit. The office is (502) 228-4362 or email Info@KYNaturePreserve.org. Be sure to check the calendar shown under the Events menu to see if your date is available.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP – The small Staff at Creasey Mahan needs your help to keep our 170-acres beautiful. If anything seems suspicious, please call 911 or call the office at (502) 228-4362.
Tavia Cathcart Brown
Barry A. Hines
Ellen van Nagell
A non-profit nature preserve dedicated by Virginia Creasey Mahan and Howard Mahan to enrich the community through conservation, education, and community enjoyment.
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is a non-profit public charity established through the legacy of Virginia Creasey Mahan and incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky on July 7, 1975. Virginia endowed the foundation with investments and the 170-acre farm located in Goshen, Kentucky. Howard B. Mahan, Virginia’s husband, served as Chairman of the Board until his death in 1984 and the Mahan Foundation continues to support the organization.
To maintain the land, buildings, and educational programs of Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, operating costs are derived from tax-deductible visitor donations, memberships, grants, events, and partly from investment endowments. No tax dollars are received or used to maintain and operate Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.
Please visit or contact us at the nature preserve to discover this hidden gem.
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
12501 Harmony Landing Road
Goshen, Kentucky 40026
General email: Info@KYNaturePreserve.org