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KY Color: West Fork of Crocus Creek and its gentle falls
Billy Joe Fudge awards the stream superlatives, not only for it's great beauty, but for its deserved reputation, he says, for the length and girth of its West Fork Copperheads and its Rattlers.
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry
The upper reaches of the West Fork of Crocus Creek, in the hearts those who know it, is the most pristine and inspirational stream of water in The Great Wooded South.
West Fork heads up on the Eastern side of Highway 61 between Breeding and the top of Renox Hill. It's waters are indeed filtered through both the soil and sandstone of that area where Adair, Metcalfe and Cumberland Counties are conjoined.
From this falls Eastward, West Fork meanders down through bottoms bordered on the South by steep wooded slopes leading up to Traylor Ridge and Jones Ridge and on the North by even steeper wooded slopes leading up to Greenbriar Ridge and Big Pond Ridge.
And of course, this area has a very deserved reputation for Rattlers and Copperheads. One could probably not pile enough embellishment upon the length or girth of West Fork Copperheads that would not receive a hearty Amen from locals.
Billy Joe Fudge, the author of Kentucky Color, is also widely known for his his work with Homeplace on Green River. The website is: www.homeplacefarmky.org which has the imprint of another CM regular contributor, George Kolbenschlag. We're hoping for some big announcements from Homeplace on Green River in the coming months. It's already, officially, "Kentucky's Outdoor Classroom." - CM
This story was posted on 2015-01-19 03:03:55
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