Samson Woods

76 Acres in Pike County


This property was donated to the Arc of Appalachia in 2005 by John and Emily Samson. The forest is composed of large oaks, maples, dogwoods, and sassafras trees, with several varieties of ferns and wildflowers in its understory.

It is located just north of the ancient Teays River Valley and is comprised of ridges and ravines. Within its borders is a large maple known locally as “Ohio’s Most Perfect Tree.”

The property is dedicated in memory of Clifton and Dorothy Samson, John Samson’s parents.


Large whorled pogonia, Isotria verticillata, at Samson Woods.
Massive black oaks tower overhead at Samson Woods.