The Appalachian Forest Museum

The Appalachian Forest Museum is the Arc’s main visitor center showcasing eight fine-art murals depicting the world significance of Ohio’s forest and America’s Eastern hardwood biome. There are two short hiking trails beginning from the Museum, bringing you through an old-growth forest and winding down into the Rocky Fork Gorge. More information on hiking at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary.

The Forest Has a Story

The Appalachian Forest Museum is the first museum in the world devoted to Earth’s temperate forest biome. Visually stunning and inspiring, the Appalachian Forest Museum brings visitors a new perspective on our home biome. Follow a deer trail through an ancient grove of old-growth tree replicas to experience the little-known but world significant story of the temperate forest.

The story, which starts 33 million years ago and spans across the globe, is told in nine chapters, each illustrated by an original mural sized oil painting, hand-painted by renowned artists Geoff Mowery, John Agnew, Robert Dafford, and Ann Geise.


Public Visiting Hours:

April & October, Open Weekends ONLY, 9:30am-4:30pm
May - September, Everyday, 9:30am - 4:30pm




Highlands Nature Sanctuary
7660 Cave Road,
Bainbridge, Ohio