This fascinating natural area is situated in southern Fairfield County, five miles southeast of Lancaster. This region has been known by naturalists for its biological diversity for many years. Dedicated in April of 1996, Rhododendron Cove is significant for having the highest concentration in Ohio of the native great rhododendrons, a state endangered species.

Rhododendron Cove State Nature Preserve is a very special place. Connected to the nearby road only by a narrow easement means that parking and access is very limited. To minimize the impact on the preserve and yet provide access to the general public to enjoy this natural area, visitation is permitted by written access permit from the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, 1889 Fountain Sq. Court, Columbus, OH 43224 phone: (614) 265-6453.

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