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Wahkeena Nature Preserve

2200 Pump Station Road
Sugar Grove, Ohio 43155
Phone: 740-681-7249
Overview
Special Features - Woods. Wetlands. Spring Wildflowers. Summer Wildflowers. Geologic Features. Bird Watching. About 30 fern species. Eight native orchids may be found, including pink ladys slipper and showy orchids. Facilies - Restrooms. Drinking water. Parking lot. Visitors Center. Trails. Wahkeena Nature Preserve is administered by the Ohio History connection and managed locally by the Fairfield County Historical Parks.

Hours - April through October - Wed-Sun 8am-4:30pm.

November through March - Closed.

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.

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Calendar of Events
Rock Mill Weekends
Sat Aug 5Sun Aug 6

1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays from May through October

Recently restored to working order, Fairfield County Historical Parks Volunteers demonstrate grinding methods of the mill and answer questions about the milling process. Tour this stunning 1824 grist mill that stands 90 feet above the gorge of Hocking River Falls. In the early 1800s, Rock Mill was one of a dozen mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River. Also on site is the scenic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1901. Specialty mill-themed items are available in the gift shop, note cards with five scenes of the mill and area, mugs, aprons, prints for framing, more.

This is a free, family-friendly event run by Fairfield County Forever, our volunteer group.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740-681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Pond Study for Kids
Fri Aug 11

10:00 - 11:30 am

What crazy critters live in a pond.... Join a naturalist to take a close look at just some of the animals, insects and plants that call ponds their home.

Wear clothing and shoes you do not mind getting dirty.

Program is best suited for kids aged 8 and older, school grades 2-6.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740-681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Rock Mill Weekends
Sat Aug 12Sun Aug 13

1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays from May through October

Recently restored to working order, Fairfield County Historical Parks Volunteers demonstrate grinding methods of the mill and answer questions about the milling process. Tour this stunning 1824 grist mill that stands 90 feet above the gorge of Hocking River Falls. In the early 1800s, Rock Mill was one of a dozen mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River. Also on site is the scenic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1901. Specialty mill-themed items are available in the gift shop, note cards with five scenes of the mill and area, mugs, aprons, prints for framing, more.

This is a free, family-friendly event run by Fairfield County Forever, our volunteer group.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740-681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Rock Mill Covered Bridge Dinner
Sun Aug 13

6:00 - 9:00 pm

Before dinner, guests will be given a private tour of Rock Mill. Then, to the bridge for dinner. Food is served at 6:00 PM by Pacers Italian Cuisine & Steakery from Pleasantville.

Seating is limited and RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Cost is $30.00 per person.This event is sponsored by Fairfield County Forever. It is a fund raiser; proceeds to benefit the parks.

Cost: This Event is SOLD OUT

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740-681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Summer Walk at Wahkeena
Sun Aug 13

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Escape the summer heat by joining us for a leisurely walk through Wahkeenas cool forests, meadows and wetlands. Explore the rich botanical and animal diversity of the preserve.

Guided walk begins at 1:00 pm and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and you may wish to bring a hat and have on hand an insect repellent. This program is recommended to persons age 12 and older.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 800-297-1883

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Explorers Program
Sat Aug 19Sun Aug 20

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Explorers Program - A Scavenger Hunt

Visit Wahkeena for a day of adventure - a scavenger hunt. Hidden around the preserve are clues relating to our local flora and fauna. Find them all to win a prize. This program is self-guided.

Arrive anytime between 10am and 3pm on Saturday or Sunday or both. The event is suitable for all ages. It will take about an hour to complete.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and you may wish to bring a hat and have on hand an insect repellent.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 800-297-1883

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Rock Mill Weekends
Sat Aug 19Sun Aug 20

1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays from May through October

Recently restored to working order, Fairfield County Historical Parks Volunteers demonstrate grinding methods of the mill and answer questions about the milling process. Tour this stunning 1824 grist mill that stands 90 feet above the gorge of Hocking River Falls. In the early 1800s, Rock Mill was one of a dozen mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River. Also on site is the scenic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1901. Specialty mill-themed items are available in the gift shop, note cards with five scenes of the mill and area, mugs, aprons, prints for framing, more.

This is a free, family-friendly event run by Fairfield County Forever, our volunteer group.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740-681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Rock Mill Weekends
Sat Aug 26Sun Aug 27

1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays from May through October

Recently restored to working order, Fairfield County Historical Parks Volunteers demonstrate grinding methods of the mill and answer questions about the milling process. Tour this stunning 1824 grist mill that stands 90 feet above the gorge of Hocking River Falls. In the early 1800s, Rock Mill was one of a dozen mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River. Also on site is the scenic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1901. Specialty mill-themed items are available in the gift shop, note cards with five scenes of the mill and area, mugs, aprons, prints for framing, more.

This is a free, family-friendly event run by Fairfield County Forever, our volunteer group.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740-681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Summer Walk at Wahkeena
Sun Aug 27

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Escape the summer heat by joining us for a leisurely walk through Wahkeenas cool forests, meadows and wetlands. Explore the rich botanical and animal diversity of the preserve.

Guided walk begins at 1:00 pm and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and you may wish to bring a hat and have on hand an insect repellent. This program is recommended to persons age 12 and older.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 800-297-1883

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Rock Mill Weekends
Sat Sep 2Sun Sep 3

1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays from May through October

Recently restored to working order, Fairfield County Historical Parks Volunteers demonstrate grinding methods of the mill and answer questions about the milling process. Tour this stunning 1824 grist mill that stands 90 feet above the gorge of Hocking River Falls. In the early 1800s, Rock Mill was one of a dozen mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River. Also on site is the scenic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1901. Specialty mill-themed items are available in the gift shop, note cards with five scenes of the mill and area, mugs, aprons, prints for framing, more.

This is a free, family-friendly event run by Fairfield County Forever, our volunteer group.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740-681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Confusing Fall Warblers
Sat Sep 9

8:15 - 9:45 am

Colorful warblers attract plenty of attention in the spring when they are noisy and vibrant but not as much in the fall when they are quiet and drab. With the help of an expert birder, we will be seeking out these fall migrants to help lessen warbler confusion.

Guided walk begins at 8:15 AM and lasts approximately 90 minutes, there are frequent stops. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera or binoculars. This program is recommended for persons age 12 and older.

Plan to stay after the program to explore the preserve and enjoy natures annual display of color as autumn approaches.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740 681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Rock Mill Weekends
Sat Sep 9Sun Sep 10

1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays from May through October

Recently restored to working order, Fairfield County Historical Parks Volunteers demonstrate grinding methods of the mill and answer questions about the milling process. Tour this stunning 1824 grist mill that stands 90 feet above the gorge of Hocking River Falls. In the early 1800s, Rock Mill was one of a dozen mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River. Also on site is the scenic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1901. Specialty mill-themed items are available in the gift shop, note cards with five scenes of the mill and area, mugs, aprons, prints for framing, more.

This is a free, family-friendly event run by Fairfield County Forever, our volunteer group.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740-681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Fall Walk at Wahkeena
Sun Sep 10

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Natures annual color will be on display as we walk through the autumn woodlands and explore the changing landscape. We will get a final look at some of the last wildflowers of the season and discuss how some plants and animals prepare for winter.

Guided walk begins at 1:00 PM and lasts approximately 90 minutes, there are frequent stops. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. This program is recommended to persons age 12 and older.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 800-297-1883

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Harvest and Heritage Celebration
Sat Sep 16Sun Sep 17

12:00 - 4:00 pm.

Sponsored by Fairfield County Forever and Fairfield County Antique Tractor Club.

Celebrate our Fairfield county heritage. Featuring the Fairfield County Antique Tractor Club. Watch as early farm machinery is used to bring in the harvest. There will be activities, demonstrations and displays, food concessions. Admission is free to this family-friendly event.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740-681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Rock Mill Weekends
Sat Sep 16Sun Sep 17

1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays from May through October

Recently restored to working order, Fairfield County Historical Parks Volunteers demonstrate grinding methods of the mill and answer questions about the milling process. Tour this stunning 1824 grist mill that stands 90 feet above the gorge of Hocking River Falls. In the early 1800s, Rock Mill was one of a dozen mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River. Also on site is the scenic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1901. Specialty mill-themed items are available in the gift shop, note cards with five scenes of the mill and area, mugs, aprons, prints for framing, more.

This is a free, family-friendly event run by Fairfield County Forever, our volunteer group.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740-681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Confusing Fall Warblers
Sat Sep 23

8:15 - 9:45 am

Colorful warblers attract plenty of attention in the spring when they are noisy and vibrant but not as much in the fall when they are quiet and drab. With the help of an expert birder, we will be seeking out these fall migrants to help lessen warbler confusion.

Guided walk begins at 8:15 AM and lasts approximately 90 minutes, there are frequent stops. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera or binoculars. This program is recommended for persons age 12 and older.

Plan to stay after the program to explore the preserve and enjoy natures annual display of color as autumn approaches.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740 681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Rock Mill Weekends
Sat Sep 23Sun Sep 24

1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays from May through October

Recently restored to working order, Fairfield County Historical Parks Volunteers demonstrate grinding methods of the mill and answer questions about the milling process. Tour this stunning 1824 grist mill that stands 90 feet above the gorge of Hocking River Falls. In the early 1800s, Rock Mill was one of a dozen mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River. Also on site is the scenic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1901. Specialty mill-themed items are available in the gift shop, note cards with five scenes of the mill and area, mugs, aprons, prints for framing, more.

This is a free, family-friendly event run by Fairfield County Forever, our volunteer group.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740-681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Fall Walk at Wahkeena
Sun Sep 24

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Natures annual color will be on display as we walk through the autumn woodlands and explore the changing landscape. We will get a final look at some of the last wildflowers of the season and discuss how some plants and animals prepare for winter.

Guided walk begins at 1:00 PM and lasts approximately 90 minutes, there are frequent stops. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. This program is recommended to persons age 12 and older.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 800-297-1883

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Rock Mill Weekends
Sat Sep 30Sun Oct 1

1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays from May through October

Recently restored to working order, Fairfield County Historical Parks Volunteers demonstrate grinding methods of the mill and answer questions about the milling process. Tour this stunning 1824 grist mill that stands 90 feet above the gorge of Hocking River Falls. In the early 1800s, Rock Mill was one of a dozen mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River. Also on site is the scenic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1901. Specialty mill-themed items are available in the gift shop, note cards with five scenes of the mill and area, mugs, aprons, prints for framing, more.

This is a free, family-friendly event run by Fairfield County Forever, our volunteer group.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740-681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Rock Mill Weekends
Sat Oct 7Sun Oct 8

1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays from May through October

Recently restored to working order, Fairfield County Historical Parks Volunteers demonstrate grinding methods of the mill and answer questions about the milling process. Tour this stunning 1824 grist mill that stands 90 feet above the gorge of Hocking River Falls. In the early 1800s, Rock Mill was one of a dozen mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River. Also on site is the scenic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1901. Specialty mill-themed items are available in the gift shop, note cards with five scenes of the mill and area, mugs, aprons, prints for framing, more.

This is a free, family-friendly event run by Fairfield County Forever, our volunteer group.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740-681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Rock Mill Weekends
Sat Oct 14Sun Oct 15

1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays from May through October

Recently restored to working order, Fairfield County Historical Parks Volunteers demonstrate grinding methods of the mill and answer questions about the milling process. Tour this stunning 1824 grist mill that stands 90 feet above the gorge of Hocking River Falls. In the early 1800s, Rock Mill was one of a dozen mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River. Also on site is the scenic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1901. Specialty mill-themed items are available in the gift shop, note cards with five scenes of the mill and area, mugs, aprons, prints for framing, more.

This is a free, family-friendly event run by Fairfield County Forever, our volunteer group.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740-681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Fall Walk at Wahkeena
Sun Oct 15

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Natures annual color will be on display as we walk through the autumn woodlands and explore the changing landscape. We will get a final look at some of the last wildflowers of the season and discuss how some plants and animals prepare for winter.

Guided walk begins at 1:00 PM and lasts approximately 90 minutes, there are frequent stops. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. This program is recommended to persons age 12 and older.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 800-297-1883

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Rock Mill Weekends
Sat Oct 21Sun Oct 22

1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays from May through October

Recently restored to working order, Fairfield County Historical Parks Volunteers demonstrate grinding methods of the mill and answer questions about the milling process. Tour this stunning 1824 grist mill that stands 90 feet above the gorge of Hocking River Falls. In the early 1800s, Rock Mill was one of a dozen mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River. Also on site is the scenic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1901. Specialty mill-themed items are available in the gift shop, note cards with five scenes of the mill and area, mugs, aprons, prints for framing, more.

This is a free, family-friendly event run by Fairfield County Forever, our volunteer group.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740-681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Rock Mill Weekends
Sat Oct 28Sun Oct 29

1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays from May through October

Recently restored to working order, Fairfield County Historical Parks Volunteers demonstrate grinding methods of the mill and answer questions about the milling process. Tour this stunning 1824 grist mill that stands 90 feet above the gorge of Hocking River Falls. In the early 1800s, Rock Mill was one of a dozen mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River. Also on site is the scenic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1901. Specialty mill-themed items are available in the gift shop, note cards with five scenes of the mill and area, mugs, aprons, prints for framing, more.

This is a free, family-friendly event run by Fairfield County Forever, our volunteer group.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 740-681-7249

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Fall Walk at Wahkeena
Sun Oct 29

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Natures annual color will be on display as we walk through the autumn woodlands and explore the changing landscape. We will get a final look at some of the last wildflowers of the season and discuss how some plants and animals prepare for winter.

Guided walk begins at 1:00 PM and lasts approximately 90 minutes, there are frequent stops. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. This program is recommended to persons age 12 and older.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Phone: 800-297-1883

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Website: www.historicalparks.org/wahkeena-nature-preserve/
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