"We made a loop of less than a mile around the northern portion of the property which proved how great a variety of habitats can be found in a short distance in this area. In rapid succession, we passed through a limestone gorge with rare rock plants, climbed a rich wooded slope and ended by exploring an exciting dry prairie opening along a ridge."
-- Edward S. Thomas
Columbus Dispatch, 14 October 1962
This 88-acre nature preserve, set in an area of exceptional scenic beauty, is of interest primarily to geologists and botanists. The preserve contains an impressive geologic fault, dolomite cliffs, a cave, and a diverse flora. There are two richly forested hiking trails.
The rare rock plant Sullivantia, a remnant of preglacial times, is found here in abundance. Other interesting plants include arborvitae, great cane, hoary puccoon, and purple cliffbrake fern. The site is named in honor of Edwin H. Davis, Chairman of the Board of Davon, Inc., the company which donated the site.
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Davis Nature Preserve is located at the intersection of Township Road 126 and 129, about three miles east of Peebles between State Route 32 and 73 in Adams County.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Columbus, OH 43224
Ohio Historical Society strives to meet ADA requirements. However, historic structures and outdoor areas provide challenges that make it difficult to provide complete access to all visitors. Please call the site with specific questions and concerns.