The following Highlands Nature Sanctuary trails, ALL Fort Hill Trails and Junction Earthworks will be closed for deer hunting November 18 – 19, November 27 – December 3, December 16 – 17 and January 6 – 9: Barrier Ridge, Barretts Rim, Cedar Run, Maude’s Cedar Narrows, Ridgeview Farm, and Roundtop. For more information please contact us at info@arcofappalachia.org or 937-365-1935.

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       Every non-profit has its niche. Ours is to buy back the land. Help us turn dollars into diversity. Our current land projects are below.

Arc-Inspired Holiday Gift Ideas

You can share your love of the Arc of Appalachia this holiday season with a unique Arc-inspired gift. Click here to learn more.

13th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Pilgrimage is the Arc’s largest, oldest and most popular annual event. Staged at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, it is a weekend that salutes to the most stunning wildflower displays in all of Ohio. The event offer two days of naturalist-guided field trips to the finest floral showcases in south-central Ohio, two evening programs, and full meals – some of the most delicious meals imaginable!

New Lodge Now Open!

Toadstool Suite at Whispering Springs

The Toadstool Suite at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary is now open, and we’re now accepting reservations! Toadstool features one bedroom and bath with a full kitchen and small seating area. 2 night minimum stay. Click here to book your stay.

Visit Highlands Nature Sanctuary

At 2200 acres, the Sanctuary is the largest of the Arc’s preserves, and offers its most beautiful hiking trails. At the preserve’s heart is the sheer-walled limestone gorge of the Rocky Fork  in a region filled with rock formations, springs, and grottos. The preserve offers overnight lodging and the Appalachian Forest Museum (seasonal hours).

Photo courtesy of Tim Anderson, Jr. All rights reserved.

Visit Serpent Mound

The winding sinews stretching 1,348 feet, Serpent Mound is the largest and most internationally recognized of all the world’s ancient effigy mounds. The exact identity of the American Indians who constructed the mound is still a mystery, but their accomplishment still elicits a feeling of humility and awe in visitors today.

Visit Fort Hill

Fort Hill not only protects a 2000 year old large earthen-walled ceremonial enclosure on its flat ridgetop, but the 1400 acre preserve shelters one of the finest and oldest forests in Ohio. Eleven miles of  trails immerse hikers in the beauty of Ohio’s Appalachian hill-country, the remote trails shaded by towering trees. Interpretive Museum open seasonal hours.