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Wahkeena State Nature Preserve

Preserving 68 acres in Fairfield County

The site hosts an abundance of plants and animals typical of unglaciated Allegheny Plateau. Black Hand sandstone cliffs are forested primarily with tulip trees and oak. Rhododendron, mountain laurel, ferns and orchids are among the preserve's showiest plant species. Wahkeena serves as an outdoor education area for nature study groups, school groups, garden clubs and visiting natural resource professionals.

Local Directions

Located in Fairfield County. From Lancaster- Exit US Rt. 33 at Sharp Rd (Traffic light at Sugar Grove). Turn right if coming from the north, turn left if coming from south, cross the bridge and bear right and continue to Pump Station Road and turn left.

April through October
  • Mon - Tue: Closed
  • Wed - Sun: 8 am to 4:30 pm
November through March
  • Closed

Special Features

Spring Wildflowers
Summer Wildflowers

Geologic Features
Bird Watching

  • About 30 fern species
  • Eight native orchids may be found, including pink lady's slipper and showy orchis


Drinking Water

  • Parking lot
  • Visitors center
  • Trails

Managing Agency

Wahkeena Nature Preserve is administered by the Ohio History Connection and managed locally by the Fairfield County Historical Parks. For more information, call (800) 297-1883.

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