The gentle falls flow through the preserve in southern Ohio.
Edge of Appalachia Cedar Falls The gentle falls flow through the preserve in southern Ohio. © Rick Conner

Year on the Edge is an exhibition exploring the beauty of all seasons at the Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve – featuring works by photographers Rick Conner and TJ Vissing. 

The exhibition will be showcased at the Cincinnati Museum Center from March 1, 2019 – July 7, 2019 in the Mallory Gallery at Union Terminal, which is a free public venue. 

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Cincinnati Museum Center.

The Edge of Appalachia Preserve is co-owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy and Cincinnati Museum Center.  Located 75 miles east of Cincinnati, the 20,000-acre preserve is Ohio’s largest privately protected natural area and features 10 miles of hiking trails. 

The Edge,” as the preserve is known by many, is situated at the western edge of the Appalachian Plateau—an extensive landscape of forested hills that stretches eastward more than 200 miles to the Appalachian Mountains in eastern West Virginia. To the west, the land becomes gentler, eventually grading into the vast flatlands of the Great Plains.

Here, visitors can explore lush deciduous woodlands, prairie openings, rocky outcroppings, giant promontories, clear streams, mountain coves, rocky hollows, cedar glades and waterfalls—together creating a tapestry of habitat types that supports a remarkable amount of biodiversity. More than 100 rare plant and animal species make their home within the preserve system, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

The construction of new trails is providing additional opportunities for visitors to explore the preserve’s rich natural heritage.  One of the trails, slated to open in 2019, reroutes 11 miles of the statewide Buckeye Trail from backroads to footpaths traversing the heart of the preserve. 

Learn more about the preserve and plan your visit