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Spring Wildflower Season Slows as Colder Temperatures Return to Ohio

White trout lily
Thanks to the warm up in late February, a number of spring wildflowers have made their presence known. It was looking like spring may come fast, but thanks to the cool down, we can catch our breath. Take a deep breath…


Discover the Beauty of Winter at Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve

Posted on 2/2/2015 by State Nature Preserves

Discover the beauty of an Ohio woods during the winter by joining a free nature hike on Sunday, February 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve. Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Sunday’s hike will be an opportunity to experience nature’s wonder as the hikes takes participants across the ridges and valleys of the preserve.

Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve

This hike will be light on interpretation and will be a chance to see the preserve in all its winter glory. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring along water for this 2.5 mile hike. Children are welcome; however, pets are not permitted on state nature preserve trails. Hot chocolate will be served at the conclusion of the hike.

Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve

More than 2,000 acres, Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve is a magnificent natural area in southeast Ohio. The focal point of this preserve is a clear water lake surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs.

Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve

The rich Appalachian forest is cut by three deep ravines in which are found magnolias, eastern hemlock, sweet gum, birch and beech. The dry ridge tops support an association of mountain laurel, Virginia pine and oak. The preserve has many native orchids and harbors the state's largest and finest populations of both bigleaf and umbrella magnolia trees, both state-listed species.

Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve

Located in Jackson County, 2 miles west from Jackson on State Street (County Road 76 or Beaver Pike); turn right and proceed 2 miles north on County Road 85 (1703 Lake Katharine Road, Jackson).