This nature preserve was made possible by a generous gift to the people of Ohio in 1979 from James W. Abbott who had developed this land as a wildlife sanctuary. The woods is named in honor of Abbott's father, Morris Abbott.
Morris Woods is an excellent example of farmland that has been effectively managed to create prime habitat for a large variety of birds and mammals. The area is primarily a mature beech-maple forest, but young forest, scrub and open field areas also exist on the site. A small lake on the preserve attracts various species of waterfowl throughout the seasons. The preserve is leased to the Licking County Park District.
1.5 miles of hiking trails