Experience Ohio as it was over 10,000 years ago as you walk along a mile-long boardwalk through this 450-acre preserve. Depending on the time of year, you'll encounter a variety of unique wildflowers including skunk cabbage in February (it blooms because it can thaw the ice and snow around it), a sea of marsh marigolds in March and April and photographers’ most sought after showy lady slipper orchid in May. Walk slowly and quietly and you may hear the “plop” into the water of the elusive and endangered spotted turtle.The site is also home to the even more reclusive endangered masassauga rattlesnake.
The Cedar Bog Visitor Center includes exhibits, a classroom, restrooms and a gift shop. Average visit time: Allow 2+ hours
A National Natural Landmark, Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is the largest and best example of a boreal and prairie fen complex in Ohio. It has many rare plants and animals, as well as excellent orchid, prairie and woodland wildflower displays. In fact, Cedar Bog is home to 40% of Ohio’s rare species, in one location.
The almost mile-long boardwalk will guide you through Ohio's recent to Ice Age past. Mastodons probably fed here and all of the Indian cultures of Ohio lived around here.
Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is managed locally by the Cedar Bog Association.