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State Nature Preserves Access Permit

Guidelines

  1. The permit application (above) must be received by the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves at least 14 days in advance of the requested visitation.
  2. You must specify which preserve(s) you wish to visit. A permit valid for a maximum of ten days may be available for certain preserves.
  3. Permits will be issued and emailed to the applicant at least 7 days before the scheduled visit. Maps, directions and any special stipulations concerning the use of the preserve will accompany the permit.
  4. Leaders may be available upon request for large groups. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the appropriate division preserve manager in a timely manner to check on availability.
  5. Research at a state nature preserve and/or collection of endangered or threatened plants requires a separate permit specific to those activities. Please contact the Division for more information.
  6. All visitors must follow the rules and regulations for use of an Ohio state nature preserve. Copies of the rules and regulations are available from the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves and are usually posted at each preserve.

Preserves Requiring a Permit

Preserve County Acres Managing Agency
Beck, Evans Memorial Portage 10 The Nature Conservancy
Betsch Fen  Ross 90 The Nature Conservancy
Boch Hollow- Robinson Falls Hocking 35 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Bonnett Pond Bog Holmes 16 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Carmean Woods Crawford 39 Crawford Park District
Crabill Fen Clark 31 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Cranberry Bog Licking 11 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Crane Hollow Hocking 1285 Crane Hollow, Inc.
Emerald Hills Belmont 73 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Flatiron Lake Bog Portage 68 The Nature Conservancy
Forrest Woods Paulding 292 Black Swamp Conservancy
Gott Fen  Portage 44 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Greenbelt Hamilton 97 Great Parks of Hamilton County
Karlo Fen Summit 18 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Ladd Natural Bridge Washington 93 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Little Rocky Hollow Hocking 259 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Mantua Bog Portage 98 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
McCoy, William C. Ashtabula 107 Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Mud Lake Bog Williams 74 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Myersville Fen Summit 27 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Newberry Hamilton Hamilton 50 Great Parks of Hamilton County
Old Woman Creek (Permit to Kayak/Canoe) Erie   Division of Natural Areas and Preserves & Office of Coastal Management
Pallister Ashtabula 105 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Prairie Road Fen Clark 94 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Raven Rock Scioto 95 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Rocky Fork Gorge  Highland 1167 Arc of Appalachia
Rome Ashtabula 74 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Rothenbuhler Woods Monroe 44 The Nature Conservancy
Saltpetre Cave (closed 11/1/20-4/1/21) Hocking 14 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Sheick Hollow Hocking 151 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Spring Beauty Dell Hamilton 41 Great Parks of Hamilton County
Spring Brook Sanctuary Geauga 72 Geauga County Parks
Strait Creek Prairie Bluffs Pike 75 The Nature Conservancy
Stratford Woods Delaware 95 Stratford Ecological Center
Travertine Fen Greene 21 Greene County Parks & Trails
Trillium Trails Hamilton 22 Great Parks of Hamilton County
W. Pearl King Prairie Savanna Madison 20 Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks
Warder-Perkins Hamilton 25 Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
White Pine Bog Forest Geauga 375 The Nature Conservancy