Frequently Asked Questions

When can I visit Wahkeena? 
Our open hours are:
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Mid March- Mid November

Wahkeena is closed throughout the winter months because weather conditions often render the trails as well as the parking lot inaccessible.  

 Is there a fee to visit?
Nope- A visit to Wahkeena is 100% free!

How big is the preserve?
Wahkeena is comprised of 150 acres of forested hills in southern Fairfield County. There are three parcels of land that make up the 150 acres with 94 acres open to the public for hiking, bird watching, nature photography, and environmental education.

What is there to do at Wahkeena?
Our trail system is comprised of two self-guided interpretive trails (0.5 and 1 mile in length), and a floating boardwalk loop which winds through the wetland area. Our trails are what are called “rugged and unimproved.” This means that they are paths though the woods. They are not paved nor do they have wood chips or anything similar. Fortunately, due to the sandy nature of the soil, the trails are rarely muddy.

Wahkeena’s Nature Center is also a favorite, featuring natural history exhibits, an observation beehive, both live and taxidermied animals and a small giftshop! Two injured raptors can be found just outside, a Barred Owl and a Red-shouldered Hawk. Both are non-releasable, education animals and require a permit.

Can I bring my dog?
No, unfortunately pets (including dogs on leashes) are not permitted at Wahkeena, with the exception of service animals. In Ohio, many sites with the designation as a nature preserve do not permit pets, as they have the potential to interfere with local wildlife.

What other rules must I follow while visiting the preserve?
For the enjoyment of all of our visitors please follow these simple rules:

  • Stay on designated trails
  • Picnicking is not permitted
  • No drones, metal detectors, alcohol or other controlled substances
  • No removing or damaging grounds, structures, natural or archaeological features
  • All photography is for personal use only
  • All organized groups require a reservation before visiting

How can I schedule a time for my organized group to visit Wahkeena?
Because of parking limitations and naturalist availability, please schedule all organized group visits ahead of time. i.e. Scouts groups, homeschool, school, daycare classes, adult groups, clubs etc. If you are interested in bringing a group to Wahkeena please give us a call at (800) 297-1883 or email at

How can I find out more?

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