The North Central Ohio Land Conservancy, Inc. is dedicated to safeguarding natural areas for the health and enjoyment of current and future generations. We identify areas that are botanically significant and use conservation easements to permanently protect them as nature preserves.
NCOLC protects over 1,600 acres in and around Richland County. Our preserves are open to the public, and much of the land we manage has public hiking trails. The Clear Fork Valley Scenic Trail (CFVST), our crown jewel, features 8+ miles of hiking trails that wander through 600 acres of nature preserves.
The CFVST was officially dedicated on National Trails Day in June of 2015, when over 100 volunteers, most of them Boy Scouts, helped build the last three miles of trail. Located in southern Richland County between Malabar Farm State Park and the Richland B&O Trail in Butler, the trail provides access to local treasures, including Hemlock Falls, Cole and Tugend Prairies, and NCOLC’s Hammon Woods old growth nature preserve.
Browse our photo gallery to see natural wonders from along the CFVST. Then hike the trail and surround yourself with old growth woods, tall-grass prairies, spring-fed waterfalls, rare species and all of nature’s majesty.
NCOLC partners with many other groups that support hiking, health and nature. Together with our partners, we organize educational programs and teach the public about the environmental and health benefits of protecting natural areas in North Central Ohio.
As you go about your busy day, you might enjoy these short videos from two of the most popular locations along the Clear Fork Valley Scenic Trail…
Hemlock Falls rushing in springtime:
Cole Road Prairie buzzing with summer life:
Come back to our YouTube channel any time and relax to the sights and sounds of nature!