Preserving 472 acres in Portage County
11/2015 Due to erosion, the bridge over Eagle Creek that leads to the Beech Ridge trail is closed. Efforts are underway to repair or replace the bridge. The Beaver Run trail now ends at the bridge, and the Beech Ridge Trail is closed.
This preserve encompasses a variety of communities supporting a diversity of flora and fauna typical of northeastern Ohio. Eagle Creek meanders through a wide floodplain dotted with beaver dams, marshlands, small bogs and button bush swamps.
The north-facing slopes are forested by beeches and maples; white oak woodlands are common on the drier, south-facing slopes.
There are more than 100 species of woody plants including uncommon trees, such as cucumber magnolia and yellow birch, as well as 70 species of spring wildflowers. More than 20 species of ferns have been cataloged in the preserve, including ostrich ferns nearly five feet tall.
The sphagnum bog shelters such northern rarities as large cranberry, winterberry holly, cotton sedge and insect-eating plants including round-leaved sundew and northern pitcher-plant.
Located in Portage County 2 miles northeast of Garrettsville on Center Road. From Garrettsville go east on State Route 82 for two blocks to the flashing light. Turn left (north) at the light onto Center Road. Travel Center Road for 2.3 miles to Hopkins Road and turn right (south).
- Floodplain forest with diverse wetlands
- Spectacular spring wildflowers
- 6-mile trail system
- including a boardwalk wildlife observation tower
- small parking lot