47-acre lake with boat ramp. Electric motors only.
The adjoining Adams Lake State Nature Preserve has two short loop trails for approximately 1/2- mile total hiking. Both are considered easy hikes, The Prairie Dock Trail is yet another example of small prairie openings common in Adams County. The Post Oak Trail features a short hike through an oak-hickory forest.
Located in the unglaciated hill country of south central Ohio, Brush Creek State Forest was established in 1928 with the acquisition of 285 acres of land. This and other early land acquisitions were originally part of Shawnee State Forest. As acreage and distances grew, the need to form a separate state forest unit became apparent in order to properly manage these scattered land holdings.In the early 1950s, a new state forest was formed and drew its name from a major stream in the area known as Scioto Brush Creek. A forest headquarters and service center was established along State Route 73 about one mile west of the village of Rarden in western Scioto County, and presently remains at that site.
Hunting at the Edge of Appalachia Preserve in Adams County
The Edge of Appalachia Preserve will allow public hunting on 2,400 acres of preserve property located south of St. Rt. 125, approximately seven miles east of West Union on Waggoner Riffle Road. The Edge of Appalachia Preserve is a 16,000 acre preserve administered jointly by the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Nature Conservancy.
at the preserve is rough, heavily forested, and mountainous, with steep hillsides and ravines. No ATV’s are permitted; hunters must hike into the area. Only a small portion of the preserve is open for this special permit only hunting and only a limited number of permits are given out each deer season. This is to maintain the quality hunting experience and to limit the number of hunters to avoid conflicts. The hunting area is remote and hunters should be in good physical condition.
Permits are required to hunt the preserve and are issued on a first come, first serve basis. Permits are free and are available to the public and are good for deer hunting only. Permits are valid for both the archery and deer gun season. A current driver’s license, deer permit, and Ohio hunting license is required. Permits are available at the Edge of Appalachia Eulett Center located at 4274 Waggoner Riffle Road, West Union, OH 45693, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and must be applied for in person. For more information contact the Edge of Appalachia Preserve at 937-544-2880. A permit must be obtained before hunting the preserve.
4274 Waggoner Riffle Road - Eulett Center West Union, OH 45693 Directions/Map
Ohio Brush Creek public access
Simply one of the most beautiful and scenic streams in southern Ohio, Brush Creek is a shining example of a high quality stream. Inviting to float as it is to fish. There are several public access points along the stream. Floating or fishing, Ohio Brush Creek is a great way to spend a summer day. The link below is a listing of ODNR public access sites on Ohio Brush Creek.
The Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge conserves the 'wild Ohio' within one of our nation's busiest inland waterways. Established in 1990, the refuge extends along 362 miles of the upper Ohio River with 22 scattered islands and three mainland properties. The refuge works to protect wildlife and habitats native to the Ohio River and its floodplain. Migratory birds and endangered freshwater mussels are among the important wildlife emphasized on the refuge. The two Manchester Islands are apart of this refuge.
From their website: "Located in the Appalachian foothills near the banks of the Ohio River, Shawnee State Park is nestled in the 63,000-acre Shawnee State Forest. Once the hunting grounds of the Shawnee Indians, the region is one of the most picturesque in the state, featuring erosion-carved valleys and wooded hills. The rugged beauty of the area has earned it the nickname 'The Little Smokies.' "
Shawnee State Forest is along the border of Adams & Scioto Counties and has many quiet gravel roads - excellent for mountain bike trips.
There are several hiking trails including a section of the North County Trail that goes through the Shawnee Wilderness Area. The Buckhorn trail, a seven mile bridle & hiking trail takes hikers into the heart of the wilderness area. The Cabbage Patch Trail also leads into the interior of the wilderness area can be accessed off Lower Twin Creek Road. The trails range from moderate to strenuous. Hikers may encounter remains of old sandstone quarries active during the late 1800’s.