Hellbender Preserve

This 15.43 acre site contains the Buckeye Grove Loop Trail. The site was named after the state endangered and Ohio’s largest amphibian, the “Eastern Hellbender.”  Eastern Hellbenders live in the clean, high-quality  waters of Jelloway Creek and the nearby Kokosing State Scenic River. The site, which consists of Jelloway Creek, wildflower and floodplain tree species, is accessed from the Kokosing Gap Trail.  View a location map.

The nature trail begins at the bike trail bridge north of the bike trail parking lot (23316 Coshocton Rd. Howard 43028) and offers streamside access to beaches along Jelloway Creek. Buckeye trees are numerous throughout the site. A sign and steps leading from the bike trail to the Buckeye Grove Loop Trail beckon the user to explore.

In May, spring wildflowers abound on the site, including Virginia bluebells, toad trillium, buttercups and wild-blue phlox. Excellent birding opportunities abound on the trail as well, with Baltimore Orioles, Belted Kingfishers and Northern Cardinals filling the air with song.