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Hiker’s Guide to Adams County Ohio

- 22 Nature Trails - 4 Fitness Trails - Plus Fold-Out Map of Nearby Shawnee State Park

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e’re glad you picked up a copy of the new Hiker’s Guide to Adams County, Ohio. Inside you will find detailed trail maps, coordinates and other information for all of Adams County’s public hiking trails. This project is the work of Leadership Adams, with the financial support of local organizations listed on the back cover that made it possible. Adams County’s most popular hikes are featured within the pages of this publication, including Buzzardroost Rock, Lynx Prairie and The Buckeye Trail. Also, other lesser-known hiking trails are included in this guide as well as four fitness trails. Hiking is popular in Adams County and seeing the county on foot and getting outdoors is the best way to sample what makes Adams County so unique and to improve health and wellness. Fall, winter, spring or summer, hiking trails are open year-round with each visit as different as the seasons. Most hikes are easy to moderate hiking so that nearly anyone can enjoy them and on many trails the views are so spectacular you’ll wish you had a camera because what you see you’ll want to take home and keep. Trails are well maintained and marked and at most trailheads hikers will find a bulletin board with preserve notes, rules and an area map. Published in Each hike is different as Adams County has Partnership with: a variety of rare flora, fauna and geological formations. The organizations and agencies that built these trails include The Nature Conservancy, The Cincinnati Museum Center, Locally, Family & Veteran Owned the Arc of Appalachia, the Ohio History Contact Cincy (Cincy Co. LLC) Connection, the Buckeye Trail Association Cincinnati Club Building and the Ohio Department of Natural Re30 Garfield Place, Suite 440 Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 sources, and with many contributions from cincymagazine.com individuals and businesses. information@cincymagazine.com Hike safely and please pack out what you take in. Tom Cross Executive Director, Adams County Travel & Visitors Bureau www.adamscountytravel.org

(513) 421-2533

Publisher: Eric Harmon Editor: Corinne Minard Creative Director: Guy Kelly Publication Designer: Keith Ohmer Advertising Manager: Laura Federle

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Adams Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Buzzardroost Rock Preserve . . . . . . . 6 Chalet Nivale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Chaparral Prairie State Nature Preserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Photo by: Jeff Lebovitz

Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Johnson Ridge State Nature Preserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Lynx Prairie Preserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Shawnee State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Pull out Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Joan Jones Portman Trail . . . . . . . . . . 24 Serpent Mound State Memorial . . . . 26

Photo by: Jeff Lebovitz

Shoemaker State Nature Preserve . . . 28 Whipple State Nature Preserve . . . . . 30 The Charles A. Eulett Wilderness . . 32 Local School District Fitness Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC Cover Photo: Randall Schieber

Photo by: The Nature Conservancy

Photo by: The Nature Conservancy

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ADAMS LAKE

14633 State Route 41, West Union N38.813697 W083.52222 OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 2045 Morse Rd. Bldg C-4, Columbus, OH 43229 (614) 265-6561 • ohiostateparks@dnr.state.oh.us ADAMS LAKE STATE PARK Paved Walking Path – .5 mile This one-half mile paved trail is flat and easy walking as it follows the shore of Adams Lake, originally built as a water source for the village of West Union in 1947. The path is wheelchair and stroller accessible and is quite popular with those who regularly walk for exercise. This small lake is also a great place to watch for waterfowl during migration.

Photo by: Jeff Lebovitz

ADAMS LAKE PRAIRIE STATE NATURE PRESERVE Post Oak Trail – .3 mile This short shady loop explores the oak-hickory forest once common in this area. Notice the understory is populated not with oaks, but with young maples—a result of our forests changing in response to modern land-use and absence of wildfire. If you hike quietly, you may see gray squirrels or white-tailed deer and as they forage in the woods. Prairie Dock Trail - .2 mile A very short, easy loop passes through sparsely vegetated xeric, or dry, prairie situated on a highly eroded slope of calcareous Estill Shale surrounded by a second-growth oak-hickory woodland. Red cedar, post oak and blackjack oak occur sporadically in the prairie opening. Prairie grasses are sparse but Adams Lake Prairie supports diverse prairie forbs including a stand of prairie dock. Some of the interesting plants found growing at this cedar barren prairie include spider milkweed, shooting-star, green milkweed, Carolina buckthorn, American aloe, slender blazing-star and large summer bluets.

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CHRISTIAN AND EMMA GOETZ BUZZARDROOST ROCK PRESERVE The Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System State Route 125, Lynx, Ohio N38.771738 W083.42556 THE NATURE CONSERVANCY AND THE CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER 4274 Waggoner Riffle Road, West Union, OH 45693 (937) 544-2188 • ohio@tnc.org The Buzzardroost Rock Trail is one of the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System’s most popular trails. For good reason, too. This enjoyable hike leads visitors through prairies and forest, over streams and springs, across ridgetops, and culminates in one of the absolute best views in the state of Ohio. Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1964 along with Lynx Prairie, Buzzardroost Rock Trail winds its way along the edge of two different eco-regions. The diversity in geology, plant life and animal life is greatest where the Unglaciated Appalachian Plateau Photo by: Randall Schieber region abuts the Interior Low Plateau. The former region produces primarily acidic soils and the plants that thrive on them, such as oak-hickory forests, while the latter supports globally rare xeric (or dry) limestone prairies, dolomitic rock outcrops and mixed-mesophytic forests. Enjoyable in any season, hikers can find a variety of spring and summer wildflowers, ferns, geological features and a stunning vista. Situated high above the Ohio Brush Creek Valley, the stunning view from Buzzardroost Rock is a must-see. Especially vibrant during peak fall color, the panorama stretches from the feeder stream in Leisure Valley down to Ohio Brush Creek and continues downstream towards the Ohio River and Kentucky. Improvements to the hiking trail in 2014 and 2015 included the addition of a loop along the central section of the trail allowing hikers to experience the flora and fauna of a xeric limestone prairie. A visit to Adams County is not complete without a trek on the Buzzardroost Rock Trail and taking in the incredible view from the overlook. 6 HIKER’S GUIDE TO ADAMS COUNTY


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ARC OF APPALACHIA PRESERVE SYSTEM 7660 Cave Road, Bainbridge, OH 45612 (937) 365-1935 • info@arcofappalachia.org Crawdad Creek Trail – 1.2 miles Crawdad Creek is a verdant dolomite stream valley bordered by 40-foot vertical rock walls. It is rich in spring wildflowers and very scenic geologically. Due to its location south of the glacial boundary, the forests have a prairie influence, and many prairie wildflowers persist under the shade of the forest canopy. The water quality of the streams rates among the cleanest headwater streams in all of Ohio.

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Early Buttercup Trail – 1 mile The Early Buttercup Trail follows a verdant dolomite stream valley that has created a gentle valley on the western portion of the preserve—a separate stream from Crawdad Creek. This is the best trail to admire spring wildflowers in midApril, and the early showcase of the rare snow trilliums that bloom in mid to late March. The water quality of the streams rates among the cleanest headwater streams in all of Ohio, harboring a high diversity of invertebrates and fish for its small size. Golden Meadows Trail – 1 mile The Golden Meadows Trail is a pleasant walk through a sunny meadow that has established itself on land that was managed as an agricultural field by the previous owner. The meadow spreads across a wide swale and affords aesthetic views of the higher elevation forests that embrace Chalet Nivale to the north.

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CHAPARRAL PRAIRIE STATE NATURE PRESERVE 209 Hawk Hill Road, West Union, Ohio N38.840367 W083.573783

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 2045 Morse Rd. Building C-4, Columbus, OH 43229 (614) 265-6561 • ohiostateparks@dnr.state.oh.us Four interconnecting hiking trails can be found at Chaparral Prairie as well as a number of well-maintained firebreaks, which may also be explored by the visitor. This is an outstanding xeric limestone prairie with post and blackjack oaks. It supports the most extensive population of rattlesnake master in the state. Prairie dock and spiked blazing star are also unusually abundant at this site. Eleven state-listed species have been recorded at the preserve including spider milkweed, prairie false indigo, pink milkwort and American bluehearts. Little bluestem is the dominant prairie grass. Chaparral Prairie is an excellent place to enjoy butterflies during the summer months. Uncommon species such as Edward’s hairstreak and the olive hairstreak have been Photo by: Martin McAllister observed here.

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 2045 Morse Rd. Building C-4, Columbus, OH 43229 (614) 265-6561 • ohiostateparks@dnr.state.oh.us Snakeroot Trail – 1.2 miles Second-growth oak-hickory woods, impressive stands of tuliptree (or “yellow poplar”) and deep ravines comprise most of this preserve. Enjoy the open woods along sections of the trail, a site you don’t see much. This is due to the deep shade and the lack of invasive species. The most interesting sections are the prairie barren openings dominated by blackjack and post oaks. Some of the more significant species present in the prairie barren openings along Unity Road include green milkweed, spider milkweed, prairie false indigo, large summer bluets, false scurf-pea, Carolina buckthorn and few-flowered nutrush. This area, like many others in Adams County, has had a long recovery following a period in the early 20th century when the land was denuded of trees and nearly useless for agriculture due to serious erosion. This little-known trail is great for birding in the spring.

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The trails in Shawnee State Park range in difficulty from an easy 3/4-mile walk along the lake trail to the more challenging 2-mile Lookout Trail, which affords a wonderful view of Roosevelt Lake and the surrounding forest. A short 1/2-mile ADA compliant trial behind the nature center circles through Hemlock trees in a cool moist ravine along Turkey Creek and has interpretive tree signs. The Knighton Trail also has interpretive signs sharing our rich natural history and was named for local mycologist Harry Knighton, who started the North American Mycological Association. For the more adventurous, the nearby Shawnee Day Hike trial offers 4 and 7-mile loop options and for the backpacker, the Shawnee Backpack Trail offers 50 miles of remote hiking and camping. Spring wildflowers and migrating birds adorn the forest floor and treetops in the spring. Beaver can be seen at dusk on and around the lakes. Fall affords an amazing blaze of color with the tree diversity in Shawnee and winter offers delightful quiet. Hiking in Shawnee is a peaceful getaway and a great place to enjoy native plants and animals. Two species of venomous snakes, the northern copperhead and the endangered timber rattlesnake, occur in Shawnee but are no significant danger to hikers if basic precautions are observed.

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7660 Cave Road, Bainbridge, OH 45612 (937) 386-6025 • services@arcofappalachia.org Serpent Mound is the largest surviving example of a prehistoric effigy mound in the world. Stretching 1,348 feet over the ground, the beautifully preserved ancient earthwork depicts larger-thanlife sinews of an immense serpent,  with an intriguing  oval Photo by: ODNR Geological Survey shaped head. This earthen monument  is anywhere from 1,000-2,000 years old, and the cultural identity of its American Indian architects remains wrapped in mystery, as does the exact ceremonial purpose behind its creation. Time, however, has not dampened the earthwork’s artistic effect on those who gaze upon it. The Serpent continues to elicit humility, wonder, and awe—drawing tens of thousands of visitors a year from across the country and the world. In addition to the Serpent, the park preserves three burial mounds of the Adena and Fort Ancient cultures, and ancient village sites. There is a small parking fee to access the site and a museum is open seasonally. Ohio Brush Creek Nature Trail - .6 mile This nature trail begins behind the museum and descends into the valley of Ohio Brush Creek where it leads the visitor through floodplain forests and nice spring wildflower displays as it circles beneath the cliff on which rests the head of the serpent. Mound Walkway - .5 mile Although not a very long “hike” this easy walkway is a must-visit for any history enthusiast. A paved path suitable for strollers but not recommended for wheelchairs provides the visitor excellent views of the nearly 1/4-mile long effigy mound, the largest serpent effigy in the world. To protect this ancient cultural feature, visitors must remain on the paved walkway. 26 HIKER’S GUIDE TO ADAMS COUNTY


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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 2045 Morse Rd. Building C-4, Columbus, OH 43229 (614) 265-6561 • ohiostateparks@dnr.state.oh.us Cedar Fork Trail – 1.5 miles Shoemaker State Nature Preserve was a gift to the state in 2007 by Joyce Shoemaker in memory of her husband, Alvie Shoemaker. A portion of the land had been in Mrs. Shoemaker’s family for more than 100 years. The 22-acre site protects several significant natural features including seven state-listed plants. The rarities found at this Adams County preserve include heart-leaved plantain (Plantago cordata), a state endangered species only known from three other sites in Ohio. Not only botanically significant, the site is geologically significant as well. It features two natural arches, dolomite cliffs and slump blocks harboring Photo by: Martin McAllister several species of ferns and other plants found in calcareous cliff communities. In order to reach the preserve, the Cedar Fork Trail crosses private property by means of a written agreement between ODNR and Hanson Aggregates, Plum Run Stone Quarry. Visitors are required to stay on the trail and all preserve rules apply. 28 HIKER’S GUIDE TO ADAMS COUNTY


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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 2045 Morse Rd. Building C-4, Columbus, OH 43229 (614) 265-6561 • ohiostateparks@dnr.state.oh.us Twin Leaf Trail – 2 miles The Twin Leaf Trail at Whipple State Nature Preserve climbs and then follows a narrow, wooded ridgetop pocketed with small sinkholes. The ridgetop and head of the valley are bordered by dolomite cliffs of 10-30 feet in height. Glimpses of the Ohio River are visible when the foliage is Photo by: Tom Arbour not too heavy. One of the southern-most preserves in Ohio, Whipple boasts an early display of spring ephemeral wildflowers. For the best wildflower displays, follow the trail down the eastern side of the ridge to the rich woodland below. Three species of trillium, fabulous displays of bluebells, dwarf larkspur and bishop’s cap make this trail especially popular in spring. This preserve is dedicated in honor of Robert A. Whipple, who generously gave this land to the Division of Natural Areas and Preserve in 1989. Shoulder-parking only is available on the east side of State Route 247. Use caution.

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Trail Index

Trails organized by site owner Ohio Department of Natural Resources Adams Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Trail

Latitude/ Longitude Pets Permitted Key Features

Difficulty Distance

Lake Trail

N38.813697 W083.52222

On leash

Paved, ADA, Lake views

Easy

0.7 Miles

Post Oak

N38.8125 W083.529717

Service dogs only

Oak-hickory forest, flora

Easy

0.3 Miles

Prairie Dock

N38.8125 W083.529717

Service dogs only

Prairie flora

Easy

0.2 Miles

Chaparral Prairie State Nature Preserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Bald Knob

N38.840367 W083.573783

Service dogs only

Prairie flora, Butterflies

Easy

0.75 Miles

Hawk Hill

N38.840367 W083.573783

Service dogs only

Prairie flora, Butterflies

Easy

0.75 Miles

Cedar Barrens

N38.840367 W083.573783

Service dogs only

Prairie flora

Easy

0.5 Miles

Prairie View

N38.840367 W083.573783

Service dogs only

Prairie flora

Easy

0.1 Miles

Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Agave Ridge

N38.940083 W083.353533

Service dogs only

Sullivantia

N38.940083 W083.353533

Diverse flora

Moderate

0.5 Miles

Moderate

0.5 Miles

Service dogs only Diverse flora, Streamside boardwalk

Johnson Ridge State Nature Preserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Snake Root

N38.85063 W083.526571

Service dogs only

Tuliptree forest

Moderate

1.2 Miles

Shawnee State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Multiple trails

N38.737616 W083.204484

On Leash

Diversity of options

Varies

0.7 Miles

Shoemaker State Nature Preserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Cedar Fork

N38.955554 W083.342478

Service dogs only

Spring flora, Geology

Moderate

1.5 Miles

Whipple State Nature Presever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Twin Leaf

N38.718003 W083.508988

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Service dogs only

Spring flora, Ohio river view

Difficult

2 Miles


Arc of Appalachia preserve system Chalet Nivale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Trail

Latitude/ Longitude Pets Permitted Key Features

Difficulty Distance

Crawdad Creek

N38.973617 W083.348640

No

Diverse flora, high quality stream

Moderate

1.2 Miles

Early Buttercup

N38.973617 W083.348640

No

Diverse flora, high quality stream

Moderate

1 Miles

Golden Meadow

N38.973617 W083.348640

No

Early successional flora

Easy

1 Miles

Serpent Mound State Memorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Ohio Brush Ck Trail

N39.022655 W083.43379

On leash

Along Ohio Brush Creek

Moderate

0.6 Miles

Mound Walkway

N39.022655 W083.43379

On leash

Paved path, Effigy mound

Easy

0.5 Miles

The Nature Conservacy and Cincinnati Museum Center Buzzardroost Rock Preserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Trail Buzzardroost Rock

Latitude/ Longitude Pets Permitted Key Features N38.771738 W083.42556

On leash

Spectacular overlook

Difficulty Distance Difficult

4.4 Miles

E. Lucy Braun Lynx Prairie Preserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Lynx Prairie

N38.759273 W083.407118

On leash

Diverse flora, Butterflies

Moderate

1.3 Miles

Joan Jones Portman Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Portman

N38.748862 W083.463757

On leash

Overlook

Moderate

1.6 Miles

The Charles A. Eulett Wilderness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Wilderness

N38.780266 W083.417237

On leash

Diverse flora, Geology

Moderate

2.4 Miles

Local School District Fitness Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Trail

Latitude/ Longitude Pets Permitted

Key Features

Difficulty Distance

Manchester Fitness

N38.693264 W083.588169

On leash

Gravel walkway

Easy

0.5 Miles

North Adams Fitness

N38.9408 W083.58857

On leash

Paved, Fitness equipment

Easy

0.5 Miles

Peebles Fitness

N38.939867 W083.415087

On leash

Paved, Fitness equipment

Easy

0.5 Miles

West Union Fitness

N38.815248 W083.582358

On leash

Gravel walkway

Easy

0.5 Miles

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Acknowledgements This publication was made possible through the dedicated effort and financial contributions of the following organizations and individuals

Leadership Adams Board

Members of Leadership Adams Class of 2018: Matthew Armstrong David Benjamin Charalena Bess Davina Cooper Bryon Kirker Erin Kirker Martin McAllister Ethan McCarty Richard McCarty Angie McCoy David Seaman Gay Lynn Shipley Pam Shreffler Melanie Young

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