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Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve

Preserving 168 acres in Adams County

Geologic features include excellent Silurian dolomite cliffs. Both Greenfield dolomite and Peebles dolomite are exposed. Ohio black shale occurs on the tops of the knobs. An impressive fault, causing vertical displacement of 30 feet, exposes adjacent cliffs of Greenfield and Peebles dolomite.

The preserve's dolomite cliffs provide habitat for white cedar and sullivantia. American aloe, dwarf hawthorn, hairy wing-stem, side-oats gramma grass and purple coneflower are found in the prairie openings. Other significant species include tall larkspur, limestone Adder's-tongue fern, narrow-leaved bluecurls and Walter's violet.

Local Directions

Located in Adams County south of State Rte 32. From the junction of State Rte 32 and State Rte 41 south of Peebles, follow State Rte 32 approximately 1.2 miles east to Steam Furnace Rd. Proceed south on Steam Furnace Rd .3 mile to Davis Memorial Rd. Go left (east) on Davis Memorial Rd for 2.8 miles until reaching the parking lot on the right.

Special Features

Geologic Features
Spring Wildflowers
Summer Wildflowers
Bird Watching

  • Oustanding geological and botanical site
  • Rare plant species


  • 2 mile trail system with bridges, bulletin board, & interpretive signs
  • boardwalk
  • parking lot

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