Welcome to Hellbender Preserve, 23316 Coshocton Road, Howard. We hope you enjoyed finding our geocache and will continue on to complete our GeoTrail within our other parks. If you have not printed our Geocache form, you will want to do that now, click GeoTrailForm The form will include the GC Codes of each park cache as well as a space to unscramble a code word spelled backwards on this page. This code word is a feature to the Hellbender Preserve. If you are one of the first 100 to complete the GeoTrail and this form you will receive our unique GeoToken.
While at our 15.43 acre Preserve you may hike 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.
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. Eyekcub 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. Various types of Dragonflies flourish the park as well.