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photo of early autumn at Wahkeena Preserve Wahkeena, named with an Indian word meaning "most beautiful" is a located on the edge of the Hocking Hills. This outdoor education area is used for nature study and is a preserve for birds and other wildlife.

photo of late autumn in the woods at Wahkeena Preserve Wahkeena's sandstone cliffs, part of the famous Black Hand sandstone, are forested primarily with tulip trees and oak. The 150 acre nature preserve also features interesting flora, including great rhododendron and mountain laurel; and about 26 types of ferns including Christmas and maidenhair.

photo of a Pink Ladyslipper flower Eight native orchids have been identified here, including the showy orchid and pink lady's slipper. In the summer one can observe over 69 species of birds and 15 species of mammals, including the pileated woodpecker and white-tailed deer. At the lodge, tour groups may view nature study exhibits. There are two trails available for hiking.


Hours: March 28 - November 4

Monday - Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday - Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed Holidays
(New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Monday holidays unless specified)

Groups by appointment

Hours: November 5 - March 27 Please note that Wahkeena Preserve is closed during the winter months.

November 1 - March 31 CLOSED

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Parking Fees

OHS Members FREE
Personal Vehicle FREE
School Groups FREE
RV & Commercial Van FREE
Motorcycles FREE
Commercial Bus FREE

AAA and senior discounts given. Military discounts are available to all active military and their dependents.

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Wahkeena is on Pump Station Road 1 mile west of County Road 86, which is six miles south of Lancaster off of U.S. Route 33 in Fairfield County.

Exit Rt 33 at Sharp Road (traffic light). Cross the bridge and turn right onto Old Logan Road and continue to Pump Station Road and turn left.

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General Information

Wahkeena Preserve
2200 Pump Station Road
Sugar Grove, OH 43155

1-800-297-1883 (toll free)


Site Manager:
T. Shisler

Wahkeena Nature Preserve is operated for the Ohio Historical Society by the Fairfield County Historical Parks.

Thank you for your interest in the Ohio Historical Society!

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