The Nature Conservancy in Ohio has worked with partners to protect more than 60,000 acres of our state’s natural heritage. These lands and waters are located throughout the state and comprise some of our most important and beloved natural areas.
Visit the open preserves featured below to experience Ohio’s natural beauty. Click through to each preserve page to learn more about what you’ll see and how to get there.
The 18,000-acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve protects extensive stands of eastern deciduous forest, patches of dry limestone prairie, rocky gorges, dramatic rocky promontories and lush floodplain forests along Ohio Brush Creek. Nearly ten miles of easy to moderate trails make the preserves a great places for hiking, birding and other wildlife viewing. Visit Preserve Page
Great Egret Marsh is a 150-acre preserve named after the brilliantly white, three-foot-tall bird that commonly feeds there. An easy, 1.2-mile loop trail guides visitors through the marsh and surrounding upland. The preserve is part of is a part of the West Harbor Basin—a long, narrow pool of water that is directly connected to Lake Erie. Visit Preserve Page
The Kitty Todd Nature Preserve is home to the globally endangered black oak savanna community and boasts one of the highest concentrations of rare species in the state, including the state endangered lark sparrow and the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. An easy one-mile loop trail offers access to the preserve. Visit Preserve Page
Morgan Swamp Preserve is home to swamps, bogs, beaver ponds and vernal pools. The plants and animals that call it home range from the beautiful white calla lily to the tiny four-toed salamander. Three-and-a-half miles of trails allow you to explore the property, hike and view wildlife. Visit Preserve Page
Nestled within the Morgan Swamp Preserve, the Grand River Conservation Campus is a serene setting of facilities and grounds used for recreation, environmental education, and restoration. Visit Preserve Page
The 900-acre Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve is a mixture of wetlands and streamside forests. It includes the headwaters of Big Darby Creek, one of the most biologically diverse streams of its size in the Midwest, and features plants like marsh marigold, skunk cabbage and trillium. The preserve has more than two miles of trails, including a wheelchair-accessible observation deck. Visit Preserve Page
Brown’s Lake Bog feels primordial, with its fern-carpeted forests and oak-studded glacial hills. Designated a National Natural Landmark, the jewel of the preserve is its floating bog—home to the rare buckbean, pitcher plant, cottongrass and many more rare plants. The preserve features a short loop trail with a boardwalk that allows you to explore the fragile bog habitat. Visit Preserve Page
Herrick Fen Preserve was formed as glaciers retreated from the last ice age, resulting in unique geology and biology. The preserve’s half-mile boardwalk showcases some of these natural treasures, such as seeps and fens that feature plants such as bayberry and the tiny, carnivorous round-leaved sundew. Visit Preserve Page