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Hueston Woods State Nature Preserve

Preserving 200 acres in Butler and Preble Counties

Hueston Woods is a tiny remnant of the beech-maple forest that once stretched in a broad band from southwestern Ohio to its northeastern corner.

This forest type is dominated by the ghostly gray trunks of beech trees along with varying proportions of sugar maple, red and white oaks, and white ash.

The quantity and variety of species vary according to the wetness and slope of the ground and other environmental factors. In Hueston Woods, beech trees form nearly 44 percent of the canopy, sugar maples make up 28 percent and white ashes 19 percent.

During the spring, the forest floor is blanketed with a luxuriant display of wildflowers including dutchman's breeches, squirrel corn, large-flowered and sessile trilliums, may-apple, bloodroot and several species of violets and buttercups.

Local Directions

Located in Preble/Butler counties 5 miles north of Oxford within Hueston Woods State Park on the west side of Acton Lake.

Special Features

Spring Wildflowers
Bird Watching

  • Old-growth woods
  • Excellent spring wildflowers


Drinking Water

  • Parking lot
  • 3-mile trail system


Hueston Woods Map

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