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Nature preserves
Lush, untamed natural landscapes that are open and available to all visitors.

Today, 136 State Nature Preserves and natural areas have been dedicated in Ohio. These diverse areas of land contain remnants of Ohio's pre-settlement past, rare and endangered species, and wondrous geologic features.

Most State Nature Preserves contain small parking lots and a trail system. Some contain no user access facilities. Restrooms, picnic facilities and areas for active recreation are generally not available.

Each preserve is managed to allow user access with the least amount of physical impact. To experience particularly fragile habitats like bogs and fens, boardwalks are often provided. Interpretive signage explaining the natural and cultural history of each site is present at many preserves.

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Access Permits Required

The preserves listed below require an access permit. Nature Preserve Access Permit

Preserve County Acreage Managing Agency
Boch Hollow- Robinson Falls Hocking 35 DNAP
Carmean Woods Crawford 39 Crawford Park District
William C. McCoy Preserve Ashtabula 107 DNAP
Pallister Ashtabula 105 DNAP
Rome Ashtabula 74 DNAP
Emerald Hills Belmont 73 DNAP
Crabill Fen Clark 31 DNAP
Prairie Road Fen Clark 94 DNAP
Stratford Woods Delaware 95 Stratford Ecological Center
Spring Brook Sanctuary Geauga 72 Geauga Park District
White Pine Bog Forest Geauga 375 The Nature Conservancy
Travertine Fen Greene 21 Greene County Parks & Trails
Zimmerman Prairie Greene 3 DNAP
Greenbelt Hamilton 97 Hamilton County Parks
Newberry Hamilton 50 Hamilton County Parks
Trillium Trails Hamilton 22 Hamilton County Parks
Warder-Perkins Hamilton 25 Audubon Ohio
Crane Hollow Hocking 1285 CHI
Little Rocky Hollow Hocking 259 DNAP
Saltpetre Cave Hocking 14 DNAP
Sheick Hollow Hocking 151 DNAP
Bonnet Pond Holmes 16 DNAP
Cranberry Bog Licking 10 Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society
Rothenbuhler Woods Monroe 44 The Nature Conservancy
Forrest Woods Paulding 292 Black Swamp Conservancy
Strait Creek Prairie Pike 75 The Nature Conservancy
Beck, Evans Memorial Portage 101 The Nature Conservancy
Flatiron Lake Bog Portage 68 The Nature Conservancy
Gott Fen Portage 44 DNAP
Mantua Bog Portage 98 DNAP
Betsch Fen Ross 90 The Nature Conservancy
Raven Rock Scioto 95 DNAP
Karlo Fen Summit 14 Summit Metro Parks
Myersville Fen Summit 27 DNAP
Ladd Natural Bridge Washington 34 DNAP
Mud Lake Bog Williams 74 DNAP

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