California Woods Nature Preserve

California Woods & Nature Center

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With its 113 acres of forest, California Woods Nature Preserve offers something for all nature lovers. The park features 53 species of trees, more than 200 species of herbaceous plants, and Lick Run Creek run through this preserve, and is home to kingfishers, snapping turtles, small fish, myriad invertebrates and the occasional visit from grebes, mallards, wood ducks and beavers. On one of California’s hiking trails, look for pileated woodpeckers and even great horned owls among the tall sycamores. There’s also a butterfly and hummingbird garden located directly in front of the nature center. *No Dogs Allowed*
California Woods Nature Center offers year-round educational programs, and California Woods also contains miles of hiking trails. It is adjacent to the Magrish Preserve, a designated Important Birding Area. On one of California’s hiking trails, look for pileated woodpeckers and even great horned owls among the tall sycamores. There’s also a butterfly and hummingbird garden located directly in front of the nature center.

California Woods & Nature Center
5400 Kellogg Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45230

513-231-8678

  • Shelter
  • Hiking Trail
  • Nature Center
  • Significant Natural Areas

Nature Center: The nature center was built in 1938 as a pool house consisting of the two-story center section. Over the years the building came to be used as a day camp and is now a nature center. A second floor was added in 1950, the east wing in 1968 and the front deck in 1987. Despite all the alterations, the building still reflects the Modern approach taken by original architects Hubert M. Garriott & John W. Becker. The pool was filled in to create a parking lot in the early 1990s.