Are you looking for a fun new way to celebrate Mother’s Day? The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves invites you to bring the ladies and mothers in your life out to Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve and enjoy a ¾ mile guided hike with your local preserve manager on Saturday, May 7 from 10- 11:30 a.m.
Hikers are asked to assemble in the parking area, which serves as the nature preserve entrance. Binoculars are optional, but participants are asked to wear appropriate footwear for muddy conditions along the trail. The facility features parking, however restrooms are not available. The hike is appropriate for all ages.
One of the most unique preserves in Southern Ohio, Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve is more than meets the eye. This hike will focus on the “Large Yellow Lady Slipper” Orchid, (Cypripedium Calceolus), as well as the preserve’s other wildflowers and natural diversity.
The 167 acre Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve is one of 136 state nature preserves managed by ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. Known for its prairies and oak openings with views of Cedar Fork Gorge, Davis Memorial showcases geological features, along with many rare botanical plant communities. The preserve is home to Limestone Adder’s Tongue Fern, Sullivantia, and Walter’s Violet, and several species of native orchids. The preserve is also home to white-tailed deer, turkey, fox and beaver. The preserve is open sunrise to sunset year-round.
Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve is located in Adams County at 3677 Davis Road, Peebles, OH 45660. From State Route 32, go 1.3 miles east, 0.5 miles south onto Steam Furnace Road, then 2.7 miles east on Davis Memorial Road, and the parking lot will be on your right.
For more information about the Mother’s Day Weekend Hike contact Josh Deemer at 740-285-5971 or Joshwa.Deemer@dnr.state.oh.us. For more information on Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve visit the following webpage: http://naturepreserves.ohiodnr