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Christian & Emma Goetz Buzzardroost Rock


Misty hillsides with fall colors.
Buzzardroost Rock Located at the Edge of Appalachia Preserve, Ohio. © Eric Albrecht

The panoramic scene from this hilltop has been called Ohio’s most spectacular view.



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.




Open year-round from dawn to dusk.


Hiking, birding, wildlife watching, native plants, incredible biodiversity and amazing views with an overlook of forested hills.


This preserve is part of the 20,000-acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve System, which in total holds five trails and 27 miles of hiking.

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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.

The following activities are NOT permitted at Buzzardroost Rock:

  • Pets of any kind—service animals are permitted
  • Biking and mountain biking
  • Camping
  • Driving an ATV or off-road vehicle
  • Cooking or camp fires
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • 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.

We need your help protecting the natural treasures of Ohio’s Appalachian foothills.