The “Mountain” is glorious in the spring! Hillsides here are covered with many species of beautiful wildflowers. Of particular interest is the carpet of the uncommon blue-eyed Mary. During the hike, we will climb to the top of Bender Mountain to reach old-growth forest and a nice view of the Ohio River.
400 vascular plant species have been recorded at this site owned by Delhi Township and the Western Wildlife Corridor. This field trip will be led by Dr. Denis Conover, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati, and Tim Sisson, President, Western Wildlife Corridor. Dr. Conover considers this the best place in our area to see our native woodland wildflowers.
Directions: Directions: This preserve is at about 6399 Bender Road, Cincinnati 45233. Driving time from downtown Cincy is about 20 minutes. For more info including trail maps, go to http://westernwildlifecorridor.org/map/bender/. From downtown Cincinnati, take US Route 50 WestStay on Route 50 (River Road) for about 9.5 miles. After passing big red steel building, turn right onto Bender Road and travel for about half a mile. Meet at the gravel parking lot on the right.