Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve

Acres: 118 Total Cost: $327,740 Balance to Raise: COMPLETED!!

Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve


Join Us for the Grand Opening!

The Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve officially opens to the public on April 1, 2017,  just in time to catch the Golden Star Lilies in bloom. The preserve will feature two hiking trails (totaling 3.5 miles) and guided hikes will be offered during the grand opening.

Guided Hike Registration


The First Preserve or the Golden Stars. The Arc founded the first preserve for the Golden Stars in 2005 with a 67 acre refuge just outside the small town of Otway, Ohio. An early spring wildflower, the Golden Star Lily faces nearly upward and bears yellow anthers instead of chocolate brown like its more familiar cousin, the Common Trout Lily.

As Rare as Gold. The Golden Star Lily has a spotty distribution in only a few eastern central states west of the Appalachians, and is uncommon throughout its range. It grows in significant numbers in just one place in Ohio- on the lower run of the Rock Fork tributary in the Scioto Brush Creek Watershed.

The Arc’s recent acquisition of an adjacent 118 acre tract has tripled the protected habitat of the Golden Star Lilies as well as tripled the protection of the lower Rocky Fork Creek’s forested corridor.

Old Forests. The forest on both tracts is unusually old, with many fine specimens of immense trees, including those of oak, Yellow Buckeye, hickory, Black Birch, and Sweetgum. Even the rare Butternut thrives along the creek. See More Natural History.

Friends of the Scioto Brush Creek-
Helping to make public visitation possible!

The Friends of Scioto Brush Creek have generously volunteered to adopt the trail at Gladys Riley Preserve and perform roadside cleanup. Their help and support will enable us to open the preserve to the public.

They will be hosting a trail cutting day on March 25, 2017 to prepare for the preserve’s Grand Opening. Click here to learn more.

The Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve lies within Scioto County, the Little Smokies of Ohio
The flower of the Golden Star Lily is much showier than its common counterparts, the Yellow Trout Lily and the White Trout Lily. It is endangered in Ohio, found only in two locations across the state.
The forest on both tracts of the Gladys Riley preserve is unusually old, with many fine specimens of immense trees
The proposed acquisition would help us triple the only Ohio preserve for the Golden Star Lily!