Lilley Cornett Woods

Lilley Cornett Woods brochure

Lilley Cornett Woods brochure.

Lilley Cornett was a man who loved the forest.  Shortly after World War I, he purchased the wooded area in Letcher County that now bears his name.  The Lilley Cornett Woods covers 554 acres - 252 of which have not changed in over 150 years. After Cornett passed away, his children protected the forest from development and deforestation while they found proper stewards for the property.  In 1969, the Commonwealth of Kentucky purchased the property and then put the responsibility of protection and management of the woods in the hands of EKU. Thanks to Lilley Cornett, EKU students have the opportunity to study environmental and ecological research in a unique and diverse ecosystem.