Wahkeena, named with an Indian word meaning "most beautiful" is a located on the edge of the Hocking Hills. This outdoor education area is used for nature study and is a preserve for birds and other wildlife.
Wahkeena's sandstone cliffs, part of the famous Black Hand sandstone, are forested primarily with tulip trees and oak. The 150 acre nature preserve also features interesting flora, including great rhododendron and mountain laurel; and about 26 types of ferns including Christmas and maidenhair.
Eight native orchids have been identified here, including the showy orchid and pink lady's slipper. In the summer one can observe over 69 species of birds and 15 species of mammals, including the pileated woodpecker and white-tailed deer. At the lodge, tour groups may view nature study exhibits. There are two trails available for hiking.
2200 Pump Station Road
Sugar Grove, Ohio
Sunday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Special Hours: See website for seasonal hours.
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