Edge of Appalachia Preserve System - Christian and Emma Goetz Buzzardroost Rock Preserve

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The most popular of all trails in the Edge of Appalachia Preserve system is the one that leads to Buzzardroost Rock, which stands like a giant limestone monument far above the waters of Ohio Brush Creek. The panoramic scene from this hilltop has been called Ohio’s most spectacular view. 

The 465-acre protected area is named for the turkey and black vultures (buzzards) frequently seen soaring above or roosting on the rock. This dolomitic outcrop towers 300 feet above the valley and provides habitat for a number of rare prairie plant species, including the plains muhlenbergia grass, which is classified as an endangered species in Ohio.


Buzzardroost Rock Trail

Join us as we hike Buzzardroost Rock Trail

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Preserve Visitation Guidelines:

The following activities are not permitted at Buzzardroost Rock:

  • Biking and mountain biking
  • Camping
  • Driving an ATV or off-road vehicle
  • Cooking or camp fires
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • Pets of any kind - service animals are permitted
  • Picking flowers, berries, nuts or mushrooms
  • Removing any part of the natural landscape
  • Rock climbing
  • Snowmobiling

Please note that there are no facilities of any kind on the trail. 

Download and view the Buzzardroost Rock Trail Map and Guide

The trail at Buzzardroost Rock passes through a number of plant communities and provides the opportunity to witness the area's diverse geologic history. The trail crosses four separate rock strata, including Estill Shale (gentle slopes with moist forests) and Lily, Bisher and Peebles dolomites (cliff and steep sides with oak-maple forests and primary cedar barrens), and Ohio Shale (Appalachian oak forest dominated by chestnut oak).

Buzzardroost Rock is a 4.4-mile, moderately difficult, round-trip trail. Preserve naturalists suggest that hikers plan to spend a minimum of two to three hours for the round trip, allowing time to observe the natural features along the way and enjoy the scenic view from the top of the rock.


From the north:

  • Travel south on U.S. Route 23 to Waverly
  • Take State Route 32 (the Appalachian Highway) west for about 25 miles to State Route 41 at Peebles
  • Follow SR 41 south to West Union
  • Turn left (east) onto State Route 125
  • Travel east on SR 125 for about 7 miles toward the village of Lynx. Watch for the sign on the right as you go up a large hill. Turn right off SR 125.

From the west:

  • Travel east on State Route 32 to State Route 247 at the town of Seaman
  • Turn left (south) onto SR 247 to West Union
  • Turn left (east) onto State Route 125
  • Travel east on SR 125 for about 7 miles toward the village of Lynx. Watch for the sign on the right as you go up a large hill. Turn right off SR 125.

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