About Routzong Preserve

From spectacular spring wildflowers to brilliant fall leaves, the beech-maple forest of Routzong Preserve makes it an area of interest during every season of the year. Visitors will find over 1 ½ miles of trails to explore in this 55-acre park with countless opportunities to enjoy the many seasonal natural events. Ronnie and Betty Johnson donated a portion of this preserve to Darke County Parks. This park is also the site of the Trees for Tomorrow Memorial Trail.The topography of the woodland is gently rolling so that small wet areas occur throughout. These wet areas typically have spicebush, sensitive fern, and other wetland species.The dry/wet character of the woodland is also indicated by the trees. The wet areas contain sycamore, red elm and American beech. The dry areas contain various species of oak and hickory.It is a joy to walk in a woodland such as this and encounter large trees.

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