Parks & Preserves


This is a partial list of protected habitats in Ohio where you can easily see excellent specimens of many carnivorous plants. Each entry is linked either to our own guides to each location or to the website for that protected area hosted by the responsible agency. Use the above key to determine at-a-glance whether the location is open to the public, has a boardwalk, etc. Some locations require special permits and others charge admission and have restricted hours. Above all, enjoy your visits to these locations and leave them as pristine as they were when you entered. This is not yet an exhaustive list and will be added to in the future.

  • Open to the publicHas boardwalkBrown’s Lake Bog (near Shreve, Wayne County) — a Nature Conservancy-owned site that is open to the public and preserves one of the most stunning examples of a kettle hole bog in Ohio. Taxa: Drosera rotundifolia and Sarracenia purpurea.
  • Open to the publicBuck Creek State Park (Springfield, Clark County) — carnivorous plant habitat in Western Ohio. Taxa: D. rotundifolia and U. intermedia.
  • Open to the publicCalamus Swamp (near Circleville, Pickaway County) — a kettle hole bog in Central Ohio owned and administered by Columbus Audubon. Taxa: U. gibba and U. macrorhiza.
  • Open to the publicHas boardwalkEntry fee requiredCedar Bog State Nature Preserve (near Urbana, Champaign County) — a large bog in Western Ohio managed by the Ohio Historical Society. Taxa: D. rotundifolia, Utricularia cornuta, U. intermedia, and U. macrorhiza. This location has restricted visiting hours.
  • Permit access onlyHas boardwalkCranberry Bog State Nature Preserve (Buckeye Lake, Licking County) — a permit-only 12 acre (and shrinking) island bog mat that floated to the surface when the lake was created. An open house is held in June every year. Taxa: D. rotundifolia, S. purpurea (thought to have been introduced by then Ohio State graduate student Freda Detmers in the early 20th century), U. macrorhiza, and U. minor. This location requires a permit for a visit, except on the open house every June.
  • Open to the publicFlatiron Lake Bog (Portage County) — a Nature Conservancy-owned 97-acre preserve that includes a healthy population of tamarack around a kettle-hold bog. Taxa: D. rotundifolia, S. purpurea, U. geminiscapa, and U. minor.
  • Open to the publicHas boardwalkJackson Bog State Nature Preserve (Massillon, Stark County) — a public-access boreal fen with an extensive boardwalk system. Taxa: D. rotundifolia and S. purpurea.
  • Open to the publicKitty Todd State Nature Preserve (Toledo, Lucas County) — A sandy region in northwest Ohio, home to the rarest plants in the state. Taxa: D. rotundifolia and D. intermedia.
  • Open to the publicSycamore State Park (Trotwood, Montgomery County) — one of the western-most locations in Ohio where carnivorous plants are found. Taxa: D. rotundifolia and U. intermedia.
  • Open to the publicHas boardwalkTriangle Lake Bog (Ravenna, Portage County) — kettle hole bog in Northeast Ohio. Taxa: D. rotundifolia, S. purpurea, and U. geminiscapa.