Kulmer Beach Reserve

About this Area

This one-mile of shoreline, located in the southwest corner of Jefferson County, snakes along the Ohio River and converges at the mouth of Salt River. This area was historically significant as an entrance to the in-lands of Kentucky via the Salt River by both Native Americans and early settlers. Water birds, raptors, eagles, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects live in this diverse ecosystem. An upper trail takes visitors to the confluence of the Ohio River and the Salt River. A pavilion is available for picnics and social gatherings.

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The view is worth the hike

Kulmer Beach Reserve is located at the confluence of the Salt River and the Ohio River, just south of the historic town of West Point, Kentucky—the farthest point southwest that you can travel in Jefferson County. While a bit out of the way, and in need of come infrastructure upgrades, it offers a one-way along the narrow strip between the Paducah Nashville Railroad and the Ohio River. Hikers of this trail are greeted with one of the more spectacular views available in the area. Bring your binoculars and catch a glimpse of bird species making their way along this stretch of the Mississippi Flyway.

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