About the Edge
OK, you're not there yet. But did you know that just 75 miles east of Cincinnati you can find a 16,000-acre nature preserve of global importance? One of the most bio-diverse natural areas in the region? It is the Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System and, located in Adams County, Ohio, it is one of the largest privately owned preserves east of the Mississippi. The name comes from the location on the western flank or "edge" of the Appalachian Escarpment. It consists of eleven unique preserves including: Ohio Brush Creek, Cedar Falls, The Wilderness, Buzzardroost Rock, Red Rock, Lynx Prairie, Cave Hollow, Hanging Prairie, Germany Hill Prairie, Abner Hollow and the Rieveschl Preserves. Four of these sites have been recognized as National Natural Landmarks—a testimony to their national significance and ecological importance. Museum Center has been working with our collaborative partner, The Ohio Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, to protect these areas for more than 50 years.
Learn more about the Edge in our new blog!
Helen Black was a longtime environmentalist, ambassador of scientific education and exploration and friend of Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) and the Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve. Helen was a product of the world around her, growing up playing in the woods and marveling at the beauty of the natural world.
NEW: Updated Public Trail Maps
The following four trails are open to the public. Click here to download a map of all four of our trailhead locations.
Charles A. Eulett Wilderness Preserve Trail Download map
Opened in 2000, this trail is a 2.5-mile loop that goes through an area termed "a howling wilderness" in 1961 by Dr. Edward Thomas, a nature writer for the Columbus Dispatch. The trail also crosses the most diverse of the preserve areas with more than 744 plant species recorded.
Christian and Emma Goetz Buzzardroost Rock Preserve Download map
Originally opened in 1967 and modified in 2014 to add an extra mile and a new trailhead, this 4.4-mile round trip hike traverses the front of the Appalachian Escarpment to a rock promontory 900 feet above the Ohio Brush Creek. Cliffs, outstanding views and a prairie plant community are found at "The Rock." More than 491 species of plants have been recorded from Buzzardroost Rock Preserve.
E. Lucy Braun Lynx Prairie Preserve Download map
Opened in 1959, this was the first public trail at the Edge. The trailhead was moved out of the East Liberty Church in 2014 and expanded in length to its current 1.4-mile length. The trail meanders through 10 prairie openings in an otherwise forested area. Lynx is one of the preserve’s cradles of plant diversity, topping more than 600 recorded species.
NEW: Joan Jones Portman Trail Download map
The newest of the preserve's trails, this 1.6 mile hike was opened in 2014 and climbs out of the Ohio Brush Creek Valley to a rock promontory with breathtaking views. The trail weaves in and out of tree cover and open grassland and eventually climbs through stunning forests. Over an estimated 10-year construction time frame, this trail will eventually be expanded to a 15-mile hike through the preserve's Sunshine Corridor to Shawnee State Forest.
Exhibits and Special Events
Eulett Center is the preserve’s newest addition and is available to rent for conferences, business meetings and community events.
Immerse yourself in field based inquiry learning at the 19,000 acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve System.