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Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory

A 1,700 acre natural area and wildlife refuge nestled in the Knobs Region of Kentucky, Maywoods is located 22 miles southwest of Eastern Kentucky University's (EKU) Richmond campus and straddles parts of Garrard and Rockcastle Counties. As EKU's Environmental and Research Laboratory, the facility provides research opportunities for the University's students and faculty, as well as environmental educational opportunities for the University community, surrounding county schools and community groups.

Facilities at Maywoods, include:

  • A lodge with semi-private dormitory accommodations for 40, a central meeting room and fully equipped kitchen
  • Wireless internet service in lodge
  • Outdoor classroom shelter
  • Amphitheater
  • Lake Edmiston (Fishing permitted from the shore; April 1 to October 31.  Valid fishing license required.  Fishing regulations posted on site)
  • 5 self-guided hiking trails under 1 mile, plus a 4.2 mile self-guided hiking trail. Because Maywoods is a natural area and refuge for wildlife, pets are not allowed onsite. View: printable Trail Map

Maywoods is open to the public for fishing and hiking, Tuesday - Sundays: 8am - 5pm.  Maywoods is closed on Mondays

Directions to Maywoods (written).            Directions with Google Maps

Group Reservation Information and Fees:

Maywoods' facilities are available to university groups, area schools and community groups with an environmental or outdoor education component. In accordance with Maywoods' Reservation Policy, the first full week of classes for each semester EKU classes have reservation priority.  After the first full week of classes, reservations are on a first come, first serve basis.   Below is the chart of facility fees for groups interested in reserving Maywoods:

GROUP                     FEES


Classes & Organizations

  Facility Fee: $40/day

Overnight Fee: $8/person/night
(Fees may be waived for EKU Classes)   

          EKU Conferencing and Events Form
Community Groups;
with Environmental
Outdoor Education Focus

  Facility Fee: $40/day

  Overnight Fee: $8/person/night


       EKU Conferencing and Events Form


K-12 School Groups

  Facility Fee: $40/day
  Overnight Fee: $8/person/night

       EKU Conferencing and Events Form


Additional Information for Teachers and Environmental Educators

To provide teachers and environmental educators, formal and non-formal, resources to enhance their group's experience at Maywoods, the Division of Natural Areas has developed a Leader's Manual and educational activity kits.  The Leader's Manual is designed to help all group leaders have a successful and enjoyable outdoor, environmental educational experience with their group at Maywoods.  The Activity Kits are available for teachers and other environmental/outdoor education leaders to use during their Maywoods' visit.  Each kit is design to explore one of Maywoods ecosystems.

Contact Information

    Homer Strong
    Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory
    447 Maywoods Road
    Crab Orchard, KY  40419
    Phone: 859-925-2274


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