Graining Fork Nature Preserve Rules

Graining Fork Nature Preserve is private property.  Access to the preserve is dependent on user’s cooperation with the rules.   If you are not willing or able to abide by these rule then do not enter the property.  Authorized users are asked to help uphold  the rules.  Groups must follow the individual rules plus the group rules listed below.

  • Access to Graining Fork Nature Preserve is limited to those individuals with proof of authorized access in the form of a use permit and completed liability waiver.  Anyone failing to show proof of authorized access (either a paper copy or electronic) is trespassing and subject to prosecution.
  • “Leave No Trace” principles must be followed at all times while in the preserve.   Pack it in – Pack it out, including your poo, no catholes ( will show you how to do it)
  • Parking is available to visitors directly across from the preserve entrance.  The parking area is private property and the “Leave No Trace ” rules apply.
  • No flora, fauna, rock or anything else may be damaged, harmed, moved or removed from the preserve.
  • No guiding or any commercial activity is permitted without expressed written consent from the Board of Directors
  • Camping is not permitted within the preserve.
  • Access to the preserve is from dawn to dusk (daylight hours) only.
  • No dogs or other pets are permitted in the preserve.
  • Be considerate and respectful of those around you.  No music or excessive noise.
  • No illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages are allowed within the preserve.
  • No burning or smoking of anything is allowed within the preserve.
  • Follow good climbing practices.  Reckless or unsafe climbers maybe required to leave.

Group Rules

All organization sponsored climbing groups (universities, churches, clubs, etc) and groups of 10 or more are required to have at least one guide through Kentucky Rock and Adventure Guides (KRAG). At this time, no other guiding company is permitted to use Graining Fork Nature Preserve.

The purposes of the KRAG guide are to:
1. Ensure climber safety by having a specified ratio of guides per climber;
2. Ensure that climbing ethics are taught;
3. Ensure that Leave No Trace ethics are practiced;
4. Reduce the environmental impact of groups using the area; and
5. Ensure that all climbers in the group have been properly accounted for as part of the permit system.

All climbing groups must contact KRAG directly. KRAG will coordinate with the manager of the Graining Fork Nature Preserve to ensure that your group is properly registered to climb at the Preserve.

Any group not complying with the regulations 1) may be banned from Graining Fork Nature Preserve indefinitely,  2) may be charged with trespassing (with or without permits), and/or 3) may have gear confiscated.

Protecting an outstanding natural resource