WAHKEENA NATURE PRESERVE - 150 ACRES
Hear more mpeg | windows
Site hosts an abundance of plants and animals typical of unglaciated Allegheny Plateau. Black Hand sandstone cliffs are forested primarily with tulip trees and oak. Rhododendron, mountain laurel, ferns and orchids are among the preserve's showiest plant species.
About 30 fern species and eight native orchids may be found, including pink lady's slipper and showy orchis.
Owned and managed by the Ohio Historical Society, Wahkeena serves as an outdoor education area for nature study groups, school groups, garden clubs and visiting natural resource professionals.
The preserve is open April through October, closed November through March. Visiting hours are 8 am - 4:30 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. The preserve is closed to visitors Monday and Tuesdays. For more information, call (800) 297-1883.
Located in Fairfield County. From Lancaster-- Exit US Rt. 33 at Sharp Rd (Traffic light at Sugar Grove). Turn right if coming from the north, turn left if coming from south, cross the bridge and bear right and continue to Pump Station Road and turn left. Facilities include parking lot, visitors center and trails.