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Places We Protect

Christian & Emma Goetz Buzzardroost Rock

Ohio

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.

Overview

Description

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.

Access

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Hours

Open year-round from dawn to dusk.

Highlights

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

Size

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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Photos from Buzzardroost Rock

Visitors can enjoy iconic sweeping views from the Buzzardroost Rock overlook and trail.

A drone shot of an adult on the overlook platform at the peak of Buzzardroot Rock.
A crested coralroot orchid in a forest.
An orange little salamander in a forest.
A scenic landscape shot of lush green hills.
An adult holding two kids reading signage at the peak of Buzzardroot Rock with lush green scenic trees in the backdrop.
A green luna moth with its wings spread out on a leaf.
Wooden steps leading up to Buzzardroost Rock Trail.
A drone shot of the peak of Buzzardroot Rock with people waving from the platform at its peak.
Bare trees scattered in a forest.
A whitetail dragonfly on tree bark.

Visit

  • What to See

    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).

  • Activities

    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.

    In addition to hiking, visitors can enjoy birding, wildlife watching, native plants, incredible biodiversity and amazing views with an overlook of forested hills.

  • Preserve Guidelines

    Our vision is of a world where people and nature thrive together. The Nature Conservancy encourages people of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, gender expressions, and abilities to visit our preserves and has a zero-tolerance policy for racism and discrimination.

    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.

    For information about the use of other power-driven mobility devices (OPDMDs) at our open preserves, please visit our OPDMD guidelines.

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