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Boord State Nature Preserve

Preserving 127 acres in Washington County

Boord contains one of the best examples of a hemlock ravine in Washington County and the surrounding area. The preserve's state-listed species include rock skullcap, narrow-leaved toothwort and golden-knees.

Falls Run cuts through a massive layer of Permian-age sandstone to form the heart of this preserve which is an eastern hemlock-shrouded stream gorge 60-80 feet deep. Numerous scenic cliffs and overhangs occur along this ravine.

The preserve honors the Boord family of Dayton, Ohio, who made a partial gift of this preserve to the division in 1986.

The dry hilltops are dominated by oak-hickory mature woods along with Virginia pine and mountain laurel. Yellow birch, cherry birch and eastern hemlock grow on northerly exposures. It is an excellent site for viewing woodland spring wildflowers.

Local Directions

Located 4.5 miles east of Bartlett, follow State Route 550 to County Road 6. Proceed .75 mile south on County Road 6 to Twp. Road 69. The signed preserve is .5 mile west on Twp. Road 69.

Special Features

Bird Watching
Geologic Features

  • Hemlock ravine
  • Sandstone gorge


  • Visitor facilities include a .75 mile trail with an overlook at the falls
  • Small parking lot.

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