Kessler Swamp State Nature Preserve
20 acres - Hocking County
28749 Hideaway Hills Rd
Sugar Grove, OH 43155
Emergent swamp with good wildlife viewing opportunities.
Largely unimproved site, but does have small pull-off area and observation deck for viewing.
Twenty acres of naturally developing tributary swamp on Durbin Run in Hocking County are now under the protection of ODNR, thanks to a gift from Dr. Francis and Mrs. Joyce Kessler.
A variety of wetland-dwelling plants thrive in the swamp, including buttonbush and bur-marigold. A healthy population of beaver also calls the swamp home. During the spring and fall migration period, the preserve offers excellent waterfowl viewing.
From Lancaster, travel US 33 East for about 4.4 miles. Turn left at Horn's Mill Road exit and follow for about 6 miles to the parking area on the right side of the road. (Horn's Mill Road turns into Hide-Away-Hills Road at Hocking County line)