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Permit Guidelines for Access to Nature Preserves

  1. The permit application (below) must be received by the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves at least 14 days in advance of the requested visitation.
  2. You must specify which preserve(s) you wish to visit. A permit valid for a maximum of ten days may be available for certain preserves.
  3. Permits will be issued and emailed to the applicant at least 7 days before the scheduled visit. Maps, directions and any special stipulations concerning the use of the preserve will accompany the permit.
  4. Leaders may be available upon request for large groups. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the appropriate division preserve manager in a timely manner to check on availability.
  5. Research at a state nature preserve and/or collection of endangered or threatened plants requires a separate permit specific to those activities. Please contact the Division for more information.
  6. All visitors must follow the rules and regulations for use of an Ohio state nature preserve. Copies of the rules and regulations are available from the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves and are usually posted at each preserve.

Mail, Fax, or Email Permit Application to:

Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Natural Areas Access Permit Section
2045 Morse Road, Bldg. C-4
Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: (614) 265-6561
Fax: (614) 261-8407


Access Permits Required

The preserves listed below require an access permit. Nature Preserve Access Permit [pdf 82kb]

Preserve County Acreage Managing Agency
Boch Hollow- Robinson Falls Hocking 35 DNAP
Carmean Woods Crawford 39 Crawford Park District
William C. McCoy Preserve Ashtabula 107 DNAP
Pallister Ashtabula 105 DNAP
Rome Ashtabula 74 DNAP
Emerald Hills Belmont 73 DNAP
Crabill Fen Clark 31 DNAP
Prairie Road Fen Clark 94 DNAP
Stratford Woods Delaware 95 Stratford Ecological Center
Spring Brook Sanctuary Geauga 72 Geauga Park District
White Pine Bog Forest Geauga 375 The Nature Conservancy
Travertine Fen Greene 21 Greene County Parks & Trails
Zimmerman Prairie Greene 3 DNAP
Greenbelt Hamilton 97 Hamilton County Parks
Newberry Hamilton 50 Hamilton County Parks
Trillium Trails Hamilton 22 Hamilton County Parks
Warder-Perkins Hamilton 25 Audubon Ohio
Crane Hollow Hocking 1285 CHI
Little Rocky Hollow Hocking 259 DNAP
Saltpetre Cave Hocking 14 DNAP
Sheick Hollow Hocking 151 DNAP
Bonnet Pond Holmes 16 DNAP
Cranberry Bog Licking 10 Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society
Rothenbuhler Woods Monroe 44 The Nature Conservancy
Forrest Woods Paulding 292 Black Swamp Conservancy
Strait Creek Prairie Pike 75 The Nature Conservancy
Beck, Evans Memorial Portage 101 The Nature Conservancy
Flatiron Lake Bog Portage 68 The Nature Conservancy
Gott Fen Portage 44 DNAP
Mantua Bog Portage 98 DNAP
Betsch Fen Ross 90 The Nature Conservancy
Raven Rock Scioto 95 DNAP
Karlo Fen Summit 14 Summit Metro Parks
Myersville Fen Summit 27 DNAP
Ladd Natural Bridge Washington 34 DNAP
Mud Lake Bog Williams 74 DNAP