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Pallister State Nature Preserve

Upland from the Grand State Wild & Scenic River, Pallister State Nature Preserve is an excellent example of mixed hardwood forest dotted with vernal pools and small buttonbush swamps. This preserve provides ideal breeding habitat for amphibians. Crooked Creek, a tributary to the Grand River, flows across the western edge of the property.

The preserve was gifted to the division in 1986 by Mrs. Domenica Pallister in honor of her late husband John, an entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History, and his sister Emma, an accomplished field botanist.

Pallister boasts sizeable trees not typically found in this part of Ashtabula County. Springtime beckons wildflower enthusiasts with a diversity of wildflowers including twin-leaf (Jeffersonia diphylla), bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) and the saprophytic Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora).

Pallister State Nature Preserve is home to several plant species associated with northern climates, including goldthread (Coptis trifolia), starflower (Trientalis borealis) and spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata). The inherently wet nature of the preserve affords ample habitat for ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) and crested wood fern (Dryopteris cristata) both of which can be found along edges of vernal wetlands.

Wildlife species that have been observed here include wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and coyotes.

Local Directions

Located in Rome & Hartsgrove Townships, Ashtabula County. Due to the lack of facilities, preserve access is permit only from the Division of Natural Areas & Preserves.

Preserve Access Permit

Special Features


  • Mixed hardwood forest dotted, vernal pools, small buttonbush swamps
  • Ideal breeding habitat for amphibians
  • Several plant species associated with northern climates

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