Jeffreys Cliffs is proving to be a popular outdoor destination in Hancock County when considering the visitor numbers.
Steve Caneperi, president of the Hancock County Heritage Commission, reports there were 2,396 visitors to the Jeffreys Cliffs Conservation and Recreation Area from the end of July through Oct. 25. Tabulating visitors numbers is accomplished with the use of Trafx infrared trail counters. “I think maybe the counters are under-counting a bit, so we are going to reposition them to avoid counting two people walking by at the same time as one person,” Caneperi said.
Jeffreys Cliffs CRA was established in June 2020 following five years of negotiations, land surveys, biological inventories and other efforts.
Through the efforts of the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF), the Hancock County Fiscal Court and the Hancock County Heritage Commission, the cliffs property was acquired by a land donation from the Jerry R. Harris family trust and by additional land purchases funded by the KHLCF.
The area is now owned by the Hancock County Fiscal Court and is under a conservation easement with the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The easement allows for public use on a limited basis and prohibits any future land development.
An area calendar is posted at jeffreyscliffs.org and on the Jeffreys Cliffs Conservation Area Facebook page.
By C. Josh Givens