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Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge


Popular with birders and hunters, Kentucky's lone National Wildlife Refuge, consisting of 8,500 acres in Marshall, Graves and McCracken counties, is based at the northern outskirts of Benton and scattered up and down the bottomlands of its eponymous stream. The environmental education and recreation area off Ky. 408, east of uptown Benton includes a fishing pond, demonstrations of hardwood forest restoration and native warm season grass restoration, about three miles of seasonal hiking trails (closed in winter) and impoundments for waterfowl and wading bird management.

  • Hunting and fishing
  • Wildlife observation and photography
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife education and interpretation programs

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