Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Area & Lake Leary

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Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Area & Lake Leary
230 Gardnersville Rd 491 E
Crittenden, KY 41030
United States

Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Area & Lake Leary

Curtis Gates Lloyd was a quirky individual, even by the exacting standards of the world of mycology. His research is represented in more than 5,000 published papers appearing in a wide array of journals, such as the Eclectic Medical Journal, the Eclectic Medical Gleaner, and leading pharmaceutical journals of the day, especially The Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association. Lloyd's research won him three Ebert prizes (1882, 1891, and 1916) from the APhA for original research in pharmacy.

Lloyd said of a particular 20 acres that "there has never been an axe in them," and to this day his trust agreement stipulates that nothing gets cut, nor hauled out, on those 20 acres. Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Management Area would not exist if the eccentric Mr. Lloyd had not written a twenty-four-page will that thoroughly outlined the future management plan for his 365-acre farm down to every detail. The farm is now part of a 1,179-acre wild area.

According to his wishes, his body was cremated and the ashes spread on property in Crittenden, which he had inherited and established as the Lloyd Library Botanical Park and Arboretum, now Lloyd Wildlife Management Area.

Curtis Gates Lloyd is 1,110 acres area size of Kentucky's selected hunting area. Loyds Wildlife has 4 miles of dirt roads and trails for hiking and bird watching. This virgin forest is the perfect spot for studying Kentucky wildflowers, watching the many species of birds, or just relaxing morning fishing at Leary Lake.

The area is home to deer, wild turkey, red and grey fox, red-tail hawk, American kestrel, pileated woodpecker and Eastern bluebird. Dirt roads in this area for hiking, birding and nature trail through giant hardwoods, one of the state's oldest virgin tree stands. Trap, skeet rifle and archery ranges, dog training and field trials are available.

Level to rolling terrain with some steep hills, fields, woods. Nature trail through old hardwoods, one of state’s oldest forest stands. Trap, skeet, rifle and archery ranges. Universal access to small fishing lake, nature trails, Archery, Trap & Skeet Range, campgrounds are nearby.

Dove, squirrel, rabbit, quail, groundhog, deer, turkey, red and gray fox, red-tailed and sparrow hawk, pileated woodpecker and bluebirds can be found here. Wildflowers, prairie grasses and giant hardwoods attract songbirds and butterflies. A forest teeming with wildlife and wilderness left to its own beautiful accord—a black walnut, 36 inches in diameter, towers over acres, many more.

The area is maintained under a trust agreement established in Mr. Lloyd's lifetime. His ashes were scattered in the area after his death, and a monument on the sites says that it was "erected by himself, for himself, during his own lifetime, to gratify his own vanity." He said he hoped it would cause a smile in passers by.

Location and direction:

Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Area & Lake Leary
230 Gardnersville Rd
Crittenden, Ky 491 E, 41030

From Grant County, one-half mile southeast of Crittenden; from I-75 take Crittenden exit, follow US 25 south to left turn across railroad tracks to area.
Or from US 25 N of Williamstown; right on KY 491; Wildlife Area & Lake Leary is located in wildlife management area.


Curtis Gates Lloyd
Wildlife Area & Lake Leary
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Phone: (859) 428-2262, (859) 428-2323, (800) 858-1549 (Please call only 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.)

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