Waterfall on the Wilderness Trail of the Edge of Appalachia Preserve
Waterfall, Wilderness Trail Ian Adams Waterfall on the Wilderness Trail of the Edge of Appalachia Preserve © Ian Adams

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Edge of Appalachia Preserve System - The Charles A. Eulett Wilderness Preserve Trail

The Wilderness trail guides visitors into deep woods and past gray limestone cliffs.

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Hikers seeking seclusion will find just what they’re looking for on The Wilderness trail – nobody. This trail at the Edge of Appalachia Preserve offers visitors a chance to escape into the woods for some peace and quiet, except for the sounds of local wildlife. 

The scene here changes with seasons. In spring, the slump rocks that have rolled down the hill are decorated with columbine, rue anemone, large-flowered trillium, goldenrod and miterwort. Above, migrant warblers flit through the trees, while the distance holds the rattling call of the wild turkey gobbler and the ruffed grouse drumming from his favorite log. 

Late fall flowers in these woods are few, but hikers should watch for the delicate blue flowers of the stiff gentian, which blooms into November and, at times, even into January. 

Preserve Visitation Guidelines:

Download and view The Wilderness Trail Map and Guide

The Wilderness trail guides visitors uphill and down into deep woods and past cool glens and gray cliffs of limestone. Along this trail are several stands of white cedar or arbor vitae in what botanists call “Appalchian Bluff White Cedar Woodland.” Today, this type of plant community is globally rare.

Part of the path winds for a half mile along the rim of a dolomite cliff that drops precipitously for 60 feet into the shaded gorge to Cliff Run. The bedrock here is Bisher Dolomite, sometimes called yellow dolomite because the iron in it turns yellow with oxidations. In autumn, when the leaves fall, you can see from there the distant valley of Ohio Brush Creek off to the west.

Allow 2-3 hours for this trail, so there will be time to stop and observe the flowers and butterflies, listen to the birds and study the plant communities. Trail length is 2.4 miles.

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

The following activities are NOT permitted at The Wilderness Preserve:

  • 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 
  • Snowmobiling