Jeffers Bend Highlights
Welcome Center and MuseumUnder the leadership of Volunteer Lorin Boggs, the first major renovation work on the welcome center and museum occurred in the summer of 1999.
Botanical GardenThe first formal garden was planted in the spring of 2002. Volunteer Penny Chewning secured labor through Christian County Jail to plant over 100 trees, 100 shrubs and various grasses and flowers at several locations from 2003 -2006. Many new garden areas have been established in the years since.
The PavilionThe Hopkinsville Optimist Club allocated funds in 2002 to construct a pavilion at the trail head in memory of former club president, Bill Davis. The pavilion was completed in May 2003. The pavilion serves as the central registration point for most events at Jeffers’ Bend.
The New PavilionA second pavilion was dedicated December 2021. This pavilion is located near the education buildings and will be used for many educational programs.
The LakeThe one-acre lake was constructed in 2004 to provide additional space for the annual Take Kids Fishing event, canoeing during NatureFest and fishing for special needs children and adults.
The TrailsJeffers Bend has about three miles of compacted gravel walking trails extending from the south entrance of Riverside Cemetery, along North Fork Little River, CSX Railroad, Metcalfe Lane, to two miles of trails on center grounds.
Wildlife ObservatoryA 15 ft. by 10 ft. wildlife observatory built along the walking trail was an Eagle Scout project of Andrew Chiles, son of David and Susan Chiles. The wood structure, featuring a one-way observation glass, overlooks the 1 acre lake near the walking trail and will seat 15 people.
Woodland AmphitheaterLewis Bradley worked with his son, Parker Bradley and other Boy Scouts, to construct an amphitheater along the walking trail and North Fork of Little River.
Tree ID ProjectInstalled as an Eagle Scout project to help students and adults identify trees.
Butterfly GardenThe butterfly garden was established in 2006. It is an official Monarch Way Station and a pollinator-friendly site.
RaingardenA raingarden was installed in 2008 with the help of the Master Gardeners and the UK Extension Service of Christian County.
William Donald Walker Memorial Water FeatureAs a former Jeffers Bend Steering Committee member, Mr. Walker left behind funds in his will for the construction of a water feature to be placed near the wildlife observatory. The water feature was dedicated to the memory of William Donald Walker and his family on October 29, 2016.