Joy in Livingston County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Nature Conservancy
The stream in front of you is a tributary to McGilligan Creek, a unique stream in western Kentucky. Most rivers and streams in this part of the state are muddy and full of sediments. McGilligan Creek, a rocky, clear-flowing stream with a sandstone bed and sandy bottom, is an exception. McGIlligan creek runs through ancient alluvial sand deposits which now represent the bed of this beautiful stream. The sand at the bottom of the creek serves as a filter for the water, which runs clearly through the forest where you are hiking. McGilligan Creek is a tributary to the Ohio River, which flows just to the west of the preserve.
Large sandstone rock shelters are located along the northern fork of the tributary to McGilligan Creek that flows through the preserve, including Southpaw Shelter and Mantle Rock. The tributary is situated adjacent to Southpaw Shelter and drains through a portion of Mantle Rock.
The McGilligan Creek area has a long history of human use, with the most extensive use by Native Americans during the Late Woodland Lewis Phase between 500-700 A.D. These early inhabitants would have relied heavily upon McGilligan
Erected 2020 by The Nature Conservancy.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 37° 21.299′ N, 88° 26.094′ W. Marker is in Joy, Kentucky, in Livingston County. Marker can be reached from Lola Road (Kentucky Route 133), on the right when traveling south. The marker is located along the 2.75-mile loop trail at the Mantle Rock Nature Preserve. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 Hughes Rd, Smithland KY 42081, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Real Story of Mantle Rock (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Winter Camp (approx. half a mile away); The Original Route (approx. 0.6 miles away); Witness to History (approx. 0.6 miles away); Protect / Transform / Inspire (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Changed Landscape (approx. 0.6 miles away); Walk in Their Footsteps… (approx. ¾ mile away); Mantle Rock (1/2 Mile) (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Joy.
More about this marker. The Mantle Rock Nature Preserve is owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy, and contains a 2.75-mile walking trail. A portion of the trail follows an old road trace used by the Cherokee during the winter of 1838-1839. The National Park Service helped restore this portion of the trail by erecting interpretive exhibits along the old road trace.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 4, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.