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Morris Woods State Nature Preserve

Preserving 107 acres in Licking County

Morris Woods is an excellent example of farmland that has been effectively managed to create prime habitat for a large variety of birds and mammals. The area is primarily a mature beech-maple forest, but young forest, scrub and open field areas also exist on the site.

A small lake on the preserve attracts various species of waterfowl throughout the seasons. It is an excellent preserve for viewing spring wildflowers.

This nature preserve was made possible by a generous gift to the people of Ohio in 1979 from James W. Abbott who had developed the land as a wildlife sanctuary. The woods is named in honor of Abbott's father, Morris Abbott.

Local Directions

Located in Licking County, 2 miles northeast of Johnstown on U.S. Route 62; proceed .5 mile east on Dutch Lane Road to the preserve entrance.

Special Features

Spring Wildflowers
Bird Watching

  • Good spring wildflowers
  • Bird observation opportunities
  • Beech-maple woodland


  • Parking lot
  • Trail

Managing Agency

Morris Woods is managed by the Licking County Park District.

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