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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.

In response to the developing public health situation with COVID-19 and the Ohio Department of Health’s Stay At Home Order, staff are working remotely and are only checking email. Please send your access permit applications to the email address below.


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 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
Carmean Woods Crawford 39 Crawford Park District
William C. McCoy Preserve Ashtabula 107 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
Pallister Ashtabula 105 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
Rome Ashtabula 74 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
Emerald Hills Belmont 73 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
Crabill Fen Clark 31 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
Prairie Road Fen Clark 94 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
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 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
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 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
Saltpetre Cave Hocking 14 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
Sheick Hollow Hocking 151 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
Bonnet Pond Holmes 16 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
Cranberry Bog Licking 10 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
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 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
Mantua Bog Portage 98 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
Betsch Fen Ross 90 The Nature Conservancy
Raven Rock Scioto 95 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
Karlo Fen Summit 14 Summit Metro Parks
Myersville Fen Summit 27 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
Ladd Natural Bridge Washington 34 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves
Mud Lake Bog Williams 74 ODNR Natural Areas & Preserves