Visiting Whipple State Nature Preserve

Located in Manchester, Adams County, Ohio

Hiking Information & Directions (scroll down)

Parking lot capacity: very limited
Open Sunrise to Sunset
Dogs not permitted on trails.


Trail Information & Printable Map


Whipple is an existing 520 acre preserve in Adams County composed of six acquisitions by the Ohio Division of Natural Resources. It is located roughly halfway between West Union and the Ohio River. The preserve has a mosaic of various limestone karst landscapes, including sheltered mesic glens densely carpeted in wildflowers, limestone bluffs, dry ridgetops of oak-hickory forests, and classic prairie openings with many rare and unusual species. Some of the forest cover is high quality mature woods, with specimens of impressively large trees. The park is open to the public daily along its hiking trails.

Whipple has an extremely showy spring wildflower display. In the sheltered glens Trillium grandi-florum and Trillium flexipes—with their white and deep maroon flowers respectively—bloom side by side, interspersed with dense colonies of bluebells, celandine wood poppies, and goldenseal. Dolomite boulders scattered along the hillsides are covered with columbine, miterwort, and rock cress.

Whipple State Nature Preserve

Directions to Whipple

The preserve parking area is located on the east side of St. Rt. 247 approximately 1 mile north of U.S. Rt. 52.

From Cincinnati to Whipple

Drive EAST toward Manchester. Continue EAST on Rt. 52 through Manchester. Drive approx. 5 miles. Turn LEFT (north) on State Rt 247. The Whipple Preserve is on RIGHT approx. ¾ mile from Rt 52. It will be the first place you will see a gravel pull-off on the right, only holds about two cars. There is very limited parking here, so please try to leave a little room for other visitors.The parking is a just a small pull off on the highway. The sign is just off of the road. Whipple has marked trails that are easy to follow and navigate.