Adams County is known for its rural atmosphere, Amish community and the Great Serpent Mound. The Nature Conservancy’s Edge of Appalachia Preserve and numerous Ohio state natural areas and preserves offer relaxing and stimulating walks and unusual natural features.
The Amish Community
The Great Serpent Mound
Edge of Appalachia Preserve
Directions: Go down Cave Hill Road to Hawk Hill Road, turn right, travel about a mile and a half. The preserve is on the right. Chapparal is a good spot to visit if you don’t have much time. Adams Lake Prairie is about 6 miles from the Lodge, just outside West Union. It is a xeric prairie – very dry and parched open fields. There are stands of Prairie Dock, Blazing Star and bluets. There is a gentle ¼ mile trail.
Davis Memorial is one of the most beautiful and interesting State nature preserves in Adams County. A stream runs though high limestone cliffs. One of the cliffs reveals a geologic fault where the strata have been displaced about 30 feet. Wildflowers adorn the cliffs. There is a 2 mile trail system with bridges, bulletin board, interpretive signs, boardwalk and parking lot. The trail is a bit steep at the beginning, then flattens out down by the creek.
Directions: Left on Hawk Hill, right on Cross Road, left on SR 247, right on SR 32. From the junction of State Rte 32 and State Rte 41 south of Peebles, follow State Rte 32 approximately 1.2 miles east to Steam Furnace Rd. Proceed south on Steam Furnace Rd .3 mile to Davis Memorial Rd. Go left (east) on Davis Memorial Rd for 2.8 miles until reaching the parking lot on the right. This is a bit of a drive, but well worth it for the walk along the stream next to the cliffs.
Directions: Left on Hawk Hill, right on Cross Road, left on SR 247, right on SR 32. From the junction of State Rte 32 and State Rte 41 south of Peebles, follow State Route 41 north to Portsmouth Road. Take a right on Portsmouth Rd., then a right on Pine Gap Road. The Preserve is at 165 Pine Gap Road. This is a lovely walk, not strenuous, along a pristine creek. The creek, Cedar Fork, is the same one that flows through Davis Memorial.
The Quilt Barn Trail
The Birding and Heritage Trail