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Crooked Run State Nature Preserve


A backwater tributary of the Meldahl Locks and Dam on the Ohio River, this artificial freshwater estuary ecosystem is well suited to support migrating, breeding and wintering bird populations.

The area attracts a variety of rare and unusual birds including bald eagle, osprey, great blue heron, green heron and a diversity of ducks and geese. Forest cover includes silver maple and black willow. This preserve honors Robert J. Paul whose wife, Mimi Paul, made a partial gift of this property to the division in 1978.

The 78-acre nature preserve is leased to Clermont County Parks.


2 miles of hiking trails

Local Directions

Located within Clermont County Parks' Chilo Lock 34 Park on County Park Road approximately 1 mile east of Chilo on U.S. Rt. 52. 



Call: 911



Natural Features

    Available Trails