When can I visit Wahkeena?
Our open hours are:
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Mid March- Mid November
Winter Update (December through March): If the weather cooperates, we plan to open the Preserve during nice weather on Wed-Fri, 10 AM-4 PM throughout the winter months. Poor weather can make trail and parking conditions at the Preserve quite hazardous, so please call ahead or check our website for updates before your visit.
Is there a fee to visit?
Nope- A visit to Wahkeena is 100% free!
Our address is 2200 Pump Station Rd. in Sugar Grove, Ohio. We are located about 6 miles south of Lancaster.
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:
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. For more information, visit our page dedicated to environmental education.