Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve

Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve

Rock Run Road Jackson, Ohio 45640

Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve webpage

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Jackson County Birding Drive

About this Location

Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve is a magnificent natural area in southeast Ohio’s Jackson County. It was dedicated as a state nature preserve through the foresight and generosity of two long-time business partners, Edwin A. Jones and James J. McKitterick.

  • Diverse spring wildflower display
  • Rare bigleaf and umbrella magnolias
  • Sandstone cliffs
  • Permit-only access to the lake
  • Parking lot and 6-mile trail system.

The focal point of this preserve is a clear water lake surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs. The rich Appalachian forest is cut by three deep ravines in which are found magnolias, eastern hemlock, sweet gum, birch, and beech. The dry ridge tops support an association of mountain laurel, Virginia pine, and oak. The preserve has many native orchids as well as diverse spring flora. Lake Katharine harbors the state’s largest and finest populations of both bigleaf and umbrella magnolia trees, both state-listed species.

Located in Jackson County, 2 miles west from Jackson on State Street (County Road 76 or Beaver Pike); turn right and proceed 2 miles north on County Road 85 (Lake Katharine Road).
From Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve webpage

Notable Trails

Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve Trails
There are 6 miles of trails at Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve.
Pine Ridge Trail – 2.5 miles
Calico Bush Trail – 1 miles
Salt Creek Trail – Short Loop – 1 mile
Salt Creek Trail – Long Loop – 2 miles
Buzzard Roost Spur Trail

There is a description with a map of a hike on the Calico Bush and Salt Creek Trails on the AllTrails website.

No restroom facilities.