California Woods Nature Preserve

Marjie Becus will lead this field trip at this wonderful, local preserve. California Woods is a Cincinnati Park of 113 acres near the Ohio River, with south-facing hillsides where you can see the earliest spring wildflowers of the area.

The park features 53 species of trees and more than 200 species of herbaceous plants. We are gambling that spring will be arriving by this date.

Expect moderate climbs on the hilly terrain. There are several trails we can take, hiking for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Restrooms are not available.

This is perhaps the best of Cincinnati’s City Parks, a lost world of steep ravines and beautiful nature. For a brief article and map by Tamara York go to

Directions: California Woods Nature Preserve is located at 5400 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230. From I-275, take exit 72 (Kellogg Avenue). This exit is in Ohio, just north of the Ohio River, on the east side of Cincinnati. Drive northwest (toward Cincinnati) on Kellogg Avenue for 1.3 miles to the preserve entrance. Turn right into the preserve. (Go slowly around the curve on Kellogg or you’ll miss it.). After you have turned into the preserve, drive along the single lane road to parking lot. Driving time from downtown Cincinnati (I-471 to I-275 to Kellogg) is about 15 minutes.

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