Highland County Parks & Nature Preserves

The following list of parks and preserves includes those managed by federal, state, county, and non-governmental agencies (such as the National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, various historical societies, etc.).

We have tried to collect information on the activities and facilities available at various parks, but things may change without us knowing about it. So please double-check the information at the official site (click on the park’s name to go there).


 

Etawah Woods (State Nature Preserve)
  • Park size: 411 acres
  • Permit required
  • See Highland Nature Sanctuary (NGO) for information
Fallsville South Wildlife Area (State Wildlife Area)
  • Park size: 379 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Walking trail to pond
  • Wildlife Area Map for Fallsville South Wildlife Area
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Fallsville South Wildlife Area
Fallsville Wildlife Area (State Wildlife Area)
  • Park size: 1,382 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Waterfall & old mill site. Shotgun target range. APV riding area.
  • Wildlife Area Map for Fallsville Wildlife Area
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Fallsville Wildlife Area
Fort Hill (Arc of Appalachia Preserve System and the Ohio Historical Society)
  • 13614 Fort Hill Road, Hillsboro, OH 45133
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 1,200 acres
  • Total trail length: 11 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Restrooms
  • Native American earthworks. Hiking trails + segment of Buckeye Trail. Museum
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Fort Hill
Highlands Nature Sanctuary (Arc of Appalachia Preserve System)
  • 7660 Cave Road, Bainbridge, OH 45612
  • Location: The Highlands Nature Sanctuary is located in Highland County in south central Ohio, approximately 25 miles west of Chillicothe, and 17 miles east of Hillsboro. It lies just off Highway 50, four miles west of Bainbridge, and four miles east of Rainsboro, on Cave Road. Check the web site for open hours.
  • Park size: 2,200 acres
  • Total trail length: 1 mile+
  • Restrooms
  • Museum, lodging available. 1 mile of trail through Rocky Fork Gorge, additional trails on nearby property. Admission by donation. See web site for more details. Site formerly known as “Seven Caves”
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Miller Nature Sanctuary (State Nature Preserve)
  • 13657 Barrett Mill Road, Bainbridge, Ohio 45612
  • GPS coordinates: N39.201767, W83.393583
  • Park size: 87 acres
  • Total trail length: 3 miles
  • Spring wildflowers, Rocky Fork Gorge. Nearby to Highland Nature Sanctuary
Oldaker Wildlife Area (State Wildlife Area)
  • Park size: 141 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Wildlife Area Map for Oldaker Wildlife Area
Paint Creek Lake Wildlife Area (State Wildlife Area)
  • Park size: 11,024 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Restrooms (Latrine)
  • Fishing Map for Paint Creek Lake Wildlife Area
  • Enhanced Fishing Map for Paint Creek Lake Wildlife Area
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Paint Creek Lake Wildlife Area
Pike (State Forest)
  • 334 Lapparell Road, Latham, Ohio 45646–9722
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 12,084 acres
  • Total trail length: 43 mile hiking, 33 mile bridle, 10 mile APV trails
  • Bridle trails
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Camp sites
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Restrooms (Latrines)
  • APV riding area
  • APV Trail Map
  • Bridle Trail Map
Rocky Fork (State Park)
  • 9800 North Shore Drive, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 1,384 acre park + 2,080 acre lake
  • Total trail length: 1.3 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Camp sites
  • Restrooms
  • Swimming (800 ft beach), boating, disc golf, sledding
  • Campground Map
  • Park Map for Rocky Fork
Tri-County Triangle Trail (Bike Path)
  • Trail map
  • Total trail length: 32 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Restrooms

 

Last Update: 2016-04-26 20:25:48

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