Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary

In 2013, Life Adventure Center was pleased to announce our management of the Clyde E. Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary. The Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, formerly managed by the National Audubon Society, consists of over 370 acres of woodlands and meadows bordering the Kentucky River in Woodford and Franklin Counties. Within the Sanctuary, six miles of trails pass through a variety of habitats that are open to the public five days a week.

The Sanctuary has a long history of quality educational programming and a strong ethic of preserving habitat for native wildlife. Thousands in the Bluegrass region have enjoyed the trails and wildlife of Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary over the 40+ years of its operation, and Life Adventure Center looks forward to furthering its legacy.

Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary is located at

1305 Germany Rd, Frankfort, KY.

We are open:

8:30am - 4:00pm Wednesday - Friday

9:00am - 6:00pm Saturday -Sunday

Facilities include spacious parking, a kiosk with trail maps and self-guided interpretive materials, an amazing bird viewing blind, open air pavilion and its public restrooms. You are also welcome to enjoy the front porch of our historic nature center (open by special appointment and/or for group visits). We encourage visitors leave a $4 donation in our self-serve 'donation well' at the parking area, these donations are greatly appreciated and will support trail maintenance and wildlife preservation efforts.



For additional questions, please contact Life Adventure Center staff at (859)873-3271 or


Set aside by Mrs. Emma Buckley in 1967 as a memorial to her late husband, the property came under the management of the Life Adventure Center in July of 2013. The Sanctuary encourages native flora and fauna. It also provides an active Environmental Education program. Thousands of children, teachers and families attend dozens of presentations annually, or leisurely stroll among the many nature trails the meander throughout the property.

Environmental Education

The Life Adventure Center uses the Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary as our primary location for all Environmental Education Programming. The Sanctuary is a beautiful classroom to teach lessons that include soils, water, gardening, forestry, wildlife, geology, and many more. Curious for more EE information? Visit our Environmental Education page.

Trail Status

Pedestrian Hiking Trails at Buckley Sanctuary Location:

Buckley trails are open Wed-Fri 9:00am to 5:00pm & Sat-Sun 9:00am to 6:00pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and stay on the trails. Trail maps can be found online or at the welcome kiosk at Buckley.

*Subject to change. To be absolutely sure, call the Buckley Wildlife Sactuary office at (859)873-0511.

PLEASE stay on designated trails to help us preserve the sensitive area around our hiking trails!


Scheduled Closings of 2017:

November 11-20th