Fall is a great time to lace up your hiking shoes and get moving in cooler temperatures after this long hot summer.
The Lower Howard's Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve held the first of its scheduled fall hikes Saturday and has several more planned.
All hikes will start at the preserve's main entrance and parking lot on Athens-Boonesboro Road unless otherwise noted.
Those who want to make reservations may call the preserve manager at (859) 744-4888 and leave a message.
Because this is a Kentucky State Nature Preserve, no dogs are allowed on the hikes. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Hikers should dress according to the expected weather. The terrain at the preserve is steep and rocky, so hikers should wear appropriate shoes or boots. Shallow creek crossings are a possibility on all hikes. Hikers should bring their own water and trail snacks.
Hikes are free to members of the Friends of Lower Howard's Creek, and a $5 donation suggested for non-members.