Located in northern Hocking County at the edge of the Hocking Hills Region, Boch Hollow provides an excellent opportunity to see a wide diversity of habitats ranging from riparian corridors, mature wooded hills, ridges, and old field remnants. The most notable botanical feature at Boch Hollow is the extensive population of the Federally Endangered Running Buffalo Clover – the largest such population in Ohio.
Unique among Ohio’s preserves is the mission of Boch Hollow to serve as an educational site for hands-on environmental education of Appalachian Ohio ecology. Primarily geared toward local school children, the staff also provides programs to the general public as well as various civic and environmental organizations.
Boch Hollow is a 570 acre preserve located north of Logan, Ohio. Like Rhododendron Cove andChristmas Rocks, Boch Hollow used to be a permit only preserve, but it is now open to the public. We’ve provided directions to the preserve at the end of this article.
Boch Hollow was donated to Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) by the Kessler family (who also donated the land for the 20 acre Kessler Swamp State Nature Preserve). The site includes a home and out-buildings that the ODNR will use as their new regional headquarters. The trailhead for preserve is just beyond a gravel parking area. The ODNR is still developing the site, but considerable work has already gone into the trail system.
Currently, the trails consist of a series of three loops with a total distance of about 4 miles.. A kiosk at the trailhead recommends following the trail, and turning right at each trail intersection to traverse all portions of the trail (more generally the right hand rule will solve all mazes). We followed this suggested route and found the trail to be wide and well-marked.
From Columbus travel east on US 33 and take the Tarkiln Road exit. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and proceed straight through the light at Business route 33 onto Horn’s Mill road. Travel approximately 4.8 miles on Horn’s Mill Road. As road enters Hocking County, it becomes Hide-Away-Hills Rd. Continue on Hide-Away-Hills Road approximately 4.1 miles to intersection with SR 664. Turn right on SR 664 and travel approximately 0.4 mile. Turn left onto Beach Camp Road and travel approximately 1 mile and turn right into the driveway at Boch Hollow SNP.
- Wide diversity of habitats
- Federally Endangered Running Buffalo Clover
- 3.5 miles of trails
- Additional trails planned
- Small pond and gazebo near trailhead
- Meeting room and educational programming facility
- Parking lot
Partial Panoramic View
Full Panoramic view
enjoy the glitch, double view of gazebo, this view you can look up, down, and zoom in. Try it… enjoy!
Full Panoramic view on the Trail
Click the center to view it you can look up, down, and zoom in. Try it… enjoy!
Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve
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