Field Trip – Shoemaker State Nature Preserve & Plum Run Prairie

General Hike Location: Both preserves are in the general vicinity of Peebles, Ohio in Adams County.

Driving Distance from the Appalachian Forest Museum: 40 minutes.

Time & Meeting Location:  Meet at 9:30 am at Shoemaker State Nature Preserve. Tour begins promptly at 9:45 am and will end mid-afternoon. We will began at Shoemaker and end our day at Plum Run.

Bring: Be sure to bring a bottle of water and a daypack to carry your lunch. We recommend that you pack a piece of plastic to sit on in case the ground is wet.

Difficulty: Easy. We will be walking on narrow trails, and covering roughly 2.5 miles all day. There are no long ascents or descents. Shoemaker and Plum Run both have well-established easily-navigated hiking trails.


The beautiful limestone karst country and the preserves within the Scioto Brush Creek watershed are one of Ohio’s best-kept botanical secrets. Scioto Brush shelters some of the most pristine tributaries in the state.

Shoemaker The 22-acre site protects several significant natural features including seven state-listed plants and a showy collection of wildflowers. The site also features two natural arches, dolomite cliffs and slump blocks harboring several species of ferns and other plants associated with calcareous cliff communities.

Plum Run 140-acre Plum Run Prairie is one of the few remnants of native tall-grass prairie protected in southcentral Ohio. Plum Run boasts an truly exceptional ecosystem, the site once recognized by the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves as one of the top 40 sites in Ohio needing protection. At least forty acres of the site is covered in pristine prairie, with roughly another 60 of meadows naturally undergoing prairie restoration  from the soil’s native seed bank. 

Early Buttercup at Chalet Nivale