Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve
A New Tract Nearly Tripling the Preserve was completed in early 2017!!
Current Size: 186 acres
Join Us for the Grand Opening of Gladys Riley Hiking Trails!
The Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve officially opens to the public at 1:00 on April 1, 2017, when we will conduct our Grand Opening Ceremonies – the event timed to catch the Golden Star Lilies in bloom. The preserve features two hiking trails totaling 2.5 miles. Our guided hikes after the ceremony are now filled to capacity, but you can still attend and hike the trails on your own.
Gladys Riley, the First Preserve Anywhere for 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.
The forest on both tracts of Gladys Riley is unusually old, with many fine specimens of immense trees, including White,Black and Chestnut Oaks; Pignut, Bitternut and Shagbark Hickories, Yellow Buckeye, Black Birch, and Sweetgum. Even the rare Butternut or White Walnut thrives along the Rock Fork Creek that bisects the preserve. Wildflowers are very rich at the site, including several that are rare. Ferns and mosses proliferate in the sheltered coves at the base of the steep-sided hill. 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 as well as performing roadside cleanup. Their help and support enable this preserve to remain open and free to the public.