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Kessler Swamp State Nature Preserve

Preserving 20 acres in Hocking County

Twenty acres of naturally developing tributary swamp on Durbin Run in Hocking County are now under the protection of ODNR, thanks to a gift from Dr. Francis and Mrs. Joyce Kessler.

A variety of wetland-dwelling plants thrive in the swamp, including buttonbush and bur-marigold. A healthy population of beaver also calls the swamp home. During the spring and fall migration period, the preserve offers excellent waterfowl viewing.

Local Directions

From Lancaster, travel US 33 East for about 4.4 miles. Turn left at Horn's Mill Road exit and follow for about 6 miles to the parking area on the right side of the road. (Horn's Mill Road turns into Hide-Away-Hills Road at Hocking County line).

Special Features

Bird Watching

  • Emergent swamp
  • Good wildlife viewing opportunities.


Observation Area

  • Largely unimproved site, small pull-off area
  • Observation deck for viewing

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