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Maywoods: Eastern Kentucky’s Environmental Laboratory

DSC03562As a student at Eastern Kentucky University I had visited Maywoods several times for educational purposes.  I had limited experience on the trails and even less time to enjoy them fully.  Maywoods is listed as the Environmental and Educational Laboratory of Eastern Kentucky University, located 22 miles southwest of Richmond in Garrard and Rockcastle Counties.  It is a 1,700 acre natural area that is managed by the University, also a wildlife refuge for native plants and animals it is also home to Lake Edmiston.

Along with the lake Maywoods serves as an  excellent place for field trips, meetings, or for EKU to hold classes in the lodge that is located next to the lake.  The lodge has a large meeting room with food services and housing for up to 40 people.  The overall purpose of Maywoods is to educate and it is obvious by the trails around the property.  Each trail is identified by the type of ecosystem that is showcased along the trail with signs posted along the way that provide information concerning the specific type of ecosystem.  Here are the trails that can be found at Maywoods:

  • Lake Ecosystem Trail
  • Forest Ecosystem Trail
  • Oak-History Forest Trail
  • Lake Side Path
  • Stream Side Path

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