State Nature Preserve
2,019 acres - Jackson County
1703 Lake Katharine Rd
Jackson, OH 45640
- diverse spring wildflower display
- rare bigleaf and umbrella magnolias
- sandstone cliffs
- permit-only access to lake (see Lake Use Policy)
Parking lot and 6 mile trail system.
Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve is a magnificent natural area in southeast Ohio's Jackson County. It was dedicated as a state nature preserve through the foresight and generosity of two long-time business partners, Edwin A. Jones and James J. McKitterick.
The focal point of this preserve is a clear water lake surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs.
The rich Appalachian forest is cut by three deep ravines in which are found magnolias, eastern hemlock, sweet gum, birch and beech.
The dry ridge tops support an association of mountain laurel, Virginia pine and oak. The preserve has many native orchids as well as diverse spring flora.
Lake Katharine harbors the state's largest and finest populations of both bigleaf and umbrella magnolia trees, both state-listed species.
Located in Jackson County, 2 miles west from Jackson on State Street (County Road 76 or Beaver Pike); turn right and proceed 2 miles north on County Road 85 (Lake Katharine Road).