Ohio University’sDysart Woods
Credit: Ohio University
Dysart Woods Road
Belmont, OH 43718
Driving Directions | Website
Take Belmont exit off I-70. Proceed south toward the town of Belmont on highway 149. In Belmont, turn off 149 and on to highway 147 heading south. Drive south approximately 5 miles. A small wooden Dysart sign on the right indicates the entrance to the property.
Ohio University’s Dysart Woods is a 450 acre land laboratory containing 50 acres of old-growth oak forest and the largest known area of original forest left in southeastern Ohio. Trees up to four feet in diameter tower as high as 140 feet. The largest and longest-lived are nearly 400 years old. The area contains 17 tree species, including white oak, red oak, beech and tulip poplar.
The Nature Conservancy acquired Dysart Woods in 1962 and transferred it to Ohio University several years later to be held as a nature preserve and outdoor educational laboratory.
Why It Matters
Dysart Woods, a National Natural Landmark, is an ideal site for studying oak forest ecosystem dynamics and the effects of climate change. Ohio University’s Department of Environmental and Plant Biology studies the woods and surrounding fields to learn more about how a mature oak ecosystem functions. Classes, guided tours and published research ensure findings about preserving the forest ecology are shared.
The old growth forests found here are rich in biodiversity and often home to rare species. Colorful songbirds like the scarlet tanager, warblers and woodpeckers can be seen and heard throughout the woods.
Natural Treasures Landmark
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Fun Things to Do and See
While on the hunt for the landmark, enjoy the abundant adventures this Ohio treasure has to offer. The thrill of nature can be experienced at any level!
Visit the white farmhouse at the entrance of Dysart Woods to travel back in time. The house was once the residence of the Dysart family, who ensured the area’s preservation.
How can your family help preserve the natural state of our environment?
- Red or blue? Dysart Woods has two color-coded trails that together form a rough figure eight and stretch about two miles.
- How many white oak trees can you count along the trail that are greater than 3-ft in diameter?
- How many of the 17 species recorded in the woods did you observe?