(Joan Jones Portman Trail and Dr. George Rieveschl Jr. Creek’s Bend Overlook)
The Dr. George Rieveschl Jr. Creek’s Bend Overlook is the first stop in exploring the 17,000-acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve—Ohio’s largest privately owned protected natural area. With its forests and prairies, streams and waterfalls, the preserve is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the Midwest. More than 100 rare plant and animal species call this preserve home.
This visitors’ center features canoe/kayak access to Ohio Brush Creek as well as two trails: the brief Prairie Garden Trail and the 1.6-mile, round-trip, Joan Jones Portman Trail, which leads through prairie openings to a small rock promontory for a view of the adjacent forested valley.
Visitors are also invited to take time to enjoy the Ohio Brush Creek overlook, and to peruse the interpretive signage, which describes the preserve’s natural history and offers travelers information about other points of interest within the preserve to visit. [nature.org]